sick note

Temporary Changes To Fit Notes

For Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), where employees go off sick on or after 10 December 2021, employers can only ask employees for proof of sickness (such as a fit note) after 28 days of sickness (including non-working days). Proof of sickness cannot be requested earlier than 28 days.

Fit notes do not have to be provided for DWP benefit claims until 27 January. This will not affect claims to benefit.

These changes are to give GP’s more time to work on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) booster programme.

If you are concerned about your health condition, you should continue to see your GP.

See more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fit-note 

Request a Fitness for Work Form for more than 7 days

You will need a medical certificate if you are off work sick for more than seven days. The seven days include days that you don't normally work. So when you work out how long you've been off sick, you should include weekends and bank holidays.

To request a certificate please complete an Online Triage detailing your illness and time course. 

Self Certification Sick Note for less than 7 days

If you have been ill for 7 days or less you don’t need to see a Doctor. You can complete a Self Certification form yourself. However some employers insist on a Doctor’s note regardless. A Doctors note under these circumstances involves a charge of £35.00.

Many employers have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn’t have its own form you can download this self-certificate-form.pdf. Please print it, fill it in and hand it in to your employer. You do not need to see a Doctor.

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