The first seven days off work due to any period of illness requires the employee to complete a self-certificate (SC2 form) which can be completed online and printed, or from your employer’s human resources department.
Beyond seven days, a medical certificate may be given at the GP’s discretion and is a legal document stating that the patient is not fit for ANY work. An appointment with the GP is required for a first/new medical certificate. “Fit notes” allow the patient to request various flexible options from their employer; a phased return to work, altered hours, amended duties or workplace adaptations.
Continuation medical certificates can usually be requested via a telephone consultation with the GP. You may still require a face-to-face GP appointment at the doctor’s discretion. Doctors are able to backdate medical certificates by a few days so we do not consider sick notes to be urgent queries.