Sickness Certificates - TEMPORARY FROM 20th DECEMBER 2021
There has been issued a temporary update to Sick Notes. Patients will no longer need to request a fit note after 7 days of sickness, they can now self-certificate for 28 days (including non-working days such as weekends and bank holidays). Proof of sickness cannot be requested by employers earlier than 28 days.
If an employee started their sick leave before 10 December 2021, they still need to give proof if they’ve been off work for more than 7 days, (including non-working days).
This temporary change to the rules has been made to support general practice teams by freeing up some time. Information about the temporary changes for patients can be found via this link Taking sick leave - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Sickness Certificates - NORMAL
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven 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 .
For any illness lasting longer than seven days you will need to see the doctor for him/her to issue a 'Fit Note' and for any subsequent renewal of the certificate. If your employer insists on a sickness certificate for 7 days or less a charge will be levied.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS NOT CLASSED AS AN EMERGENCY TO HAVE YOUR FIT NOTE REVIEWED. PLEASE DO NOT BOOK AN EMERGENCY APPOINTMENT FOR THIS.
Sick note to fit note – helping people stay in work
On the 6 April 2010 the sick note was replaced by the fit note.
Evidence shows that work is generally good for your health and that often going back to work can actually aid a person’s recovery. On the other hand, staying off work can lead to long-term absence and job loss with the risk of isolation, loss of confidence, mental health issues, de-skilling and social exclusion.
The new fit note can help. Doctors are able to advise people who are on sick leave for over 7 days whether, with extra support from their employer, they could return to work earlier.
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Follow the links below to find out about Statutory Sick Pay and company sick pay rights.
Company sick pay rights (employment section)
Statutory Sick Pay (money, tax and benefits section)