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Sickness Certificates

CHANGES TO FIT NOTE SYSTEM - December 2021


Due to the additional pressure on GP services at this time, please note that legal guidance in relation to fit notes has changed. Patients whose sick leave started after 10th December 2021 can now self-certify their own absence with an SSP form for up to 28 days without needing a note signed by a GP.

Patients whose sick leave started before 10th December 2021 will be required to continue the usual process to renew a fit note if required.

COVID ISOLATION NOTE

You can also apply for a Covid-isolation note without having to contact a GP at https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ if you absence is due to being required to self isolate due to Covid-19.

Further information is available at www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave

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You currently do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting 28 days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Evidence that you are sick


If you are sick for more than 7 days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

You currently do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting 28 days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

At the surgery our Work and Wellbeing coordinator Ed Finn, will review repeat fit notes and is available for an appointment to support you in returning to work. 

For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)



 
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