Legally, you do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less, you will not be issued a sick line for absences less than 7 days.
Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer, collect one from our reception or print from the HMRC website. You do not have to have seen your GP for an appointment to use a self certificate. Our reception staff will issue you one if you need one.
Evidence that you are sick
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).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a GP, e.g. a dentist or a hospital doctor. If you have been attending a hospital doctor, they are obliged to issue you with your sickness certificate for the duration of time that they advise you to be off work, e.g. if you have had an operation.
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.
Information on 'Fit Notes for Employers' can be found here
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.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
Private 'Fit Notes'
A fee of will be charged for any fit notes requested to cover illnesses that result in work non-attendance lasting less than 7 days or to cover any school/college or university absences.
For more information on our fees please visit the Non-NHS services fees section of our website
Returning to work after illness
You no longer need to see a GP to be 'signed back on' to work. Once your 'Fit Note' has expired you are assumed to be fit to resume work. Equally if you feel well enough to return to work prior to the end date on your 'Fit Note', you can resume work without needing to see your GP.
For more information visit the DirectGov website (where this information on 'Fit Notes' was sourced) or speak to our reception staff who will be happy to advise you.