The Fit Note replaces the old Sickness Certificate. You only need a doctor’s note (Fit Note) if you are unable to work and are ill for longer than seven calendar days (including non-working days). Your employer will provide you with an Employee’s Statement of Sickness form for shorter periods of illness or you can download it from www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave.
Fit for Work referrals: As of 22nd July 2015, all GPs across England & Wales can refer their patients for a free and independent occupational health assessment if they have been, or are likely to be, off work for four weeks or more due to illness. Referral is voluntary and is suitable for any employed person who has a realistic prospect of returning to work and for whom returning to work will not adversely affect their health. The assessment culminates in a personalised Return to Work Plan providing a schedule for a person’s return to work along with signposting to helpful services based around their needs. Please speak to your GP for more information.