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).
Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.
If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.
However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.
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.
Click on the link to download an SC2 form.
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).
Medical Certificates for University
If you require an extension to your academic deadlines due to your circumstances you may be required to gather supporting evidence. You will need to submit an electronic request via the MyDetails link within your Student Hub and follow the prompts. If you are unsure how to do this you will need to see your tutor, School Office or the Students’ Union Advice Centre. You will be informed on completion of your request as to whether you are required to gather medical evidence.
If you require “a letter due to extenuating circumstances” due to a missed deadline (i.e. a request for an extension was not submitted or approved) or where you could not sit an exam or had to leave an exam due to illness you will need to see a GP and request evidence to support this. Please note fees may apply for any letter/evidence provided by your GP/health practitioner.
You may require a letter/evidence for a CAB (Course Assessment Board) Appeal. A CAB Appeal is needed when you wish to query the marks or degree classification you have received. You must follow the guidance offered to you by the University under this procedure. This procedure requires more robust medical evidence therefore you will need to book an appointment with a GP/health practitioner to discuss this further. Please note fees may apply for any letter/evidence provided by your GP/health practitioner.
If you are unsure which medical certificate you require please speak to the Reception staff, your tutor or the Students’ Union Advice Centre who will be able to help you further.
If you require a letter for Disability Services in order for support to be put in place for your studies, please speak to the Reception Team at the practice. This evidence can either be:-
- A letter which confirms your diagnosis, confirms how long you have been or are likely to be affected by the disability or condition and the impact this has on your day to day life.
- A disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) Disability Evidence Form which you can ask your GP or health practitioner to complete. The forms are available from this link http://media.slc.co.uk/sfe/nysf/sfe_dsa_disability_evidence_form.pdf or from the Wellbeing Disability Services Help Desk in Student Central.
This evidence can apply to a range of disabilities including medical conditions such as Diabetes or Epilepsy, specific learning difficulties such as AHDH, mental health issues physical or mobility disabilities, hearing impairments, visual impairments or social communication difficulties such as Autistic Spectrum.
Fit for Work
What is Fit for Work?
Fit for Work is a Government-funded initiative.
Fit for Work is designed to support people in work with health conditions and help with sickness absence. Being in work is an important contributor to good health. The longer someone is off sick, the harder it is for them to get back to work. Research suggests that being out of work for long periods of time is damaging to social and financial wellbeing, and health.
What does Fit for Work involve?
There are two elements to Fit for Work:
- Free, expert and impartial work-related health advice via our website and telephone line.
- Referral to an occupational health professional foremployees who have been, or who are likely to be, off sick for four weeks or more.
The occupational health professional will identify obstacles preventing the employee from returning to work and produce a Return to Work Plan tailored to the employee’s needs. Referrals can be made by GPs, and employers can refer an employee if they have not yet been referred by their GP after four weeks of absence.
Employees will need to consent to be referred to Fit for Work and for the Return to Work Plan to be shared with their GP andemployer.
Fit for Work is designed to work alongside, not replace, existing occupational health services.
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Who is delivering Fit for Work?
Fit for Work is being delivered in England and Wales by Health Management Ltd and in Scotland by the Scottish Government. In Scotland the service is called Fit for Work Scotland.
The official Government guidance notes on Fit for Work can be found here.
When can I use Fit for Work?
Advice about a number of health and work-related issues is available to everyone via our Advice Hub. If you are a GP and want to refer a patient, you can do so by filling in this online form. If you are an employer and want to refer an employee, make a referral here. If you have been off work for four weeks or more and are interested in being referred, speak to your GP or employer.
For more information visit: http://fitforwork.org/