Self Certification Sick / Fit Note for less than 7 days

Temporary Change To Fit Notes

The following information has been sourced from the Government website. Please visit the Government website for more information.

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 can request an appointment using our Appointment Enquiry form.

If you have been ill for 28 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 £19.80 (inc VAT).

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