Sick certificate information
A sick certificate is not required 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 at our reception or on the HMRC website.
Issuing of sick certificate
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay). For this you will need to see the doctor so that they can issue you with a certificate. By law you do not need to obtain a certificate for less than 7 days but if your employer insists that you obtain one this service is not covered by the NHS and a charge may be made.
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 employers support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)