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Please bear with us as we launch our new phone system on Wed 20th October2021. Our old system was not able to cope with the huge volumes of calls we are now receiving and the contract ending means we have been able to take on board many your comments and suggestions. Like with anything new, it will take our staff a bit of getting used to but we are hopeful you will quickly notice significant improvements.

tempSickness Certificates

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.

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 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 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 

Appointments to Obtain a "Fit Note"

You do not necessarily have to see a GP to get a fit note. If you have been in hospital, then the hospital should provide you with this. If you already have a fit note and need an extension then Reception can organise this for you. If you are not sure what to do then please speak to a Receptionist who will be able to help.

 
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