Sickness 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 Gov.uk 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 Government website (where this information was sourced).

Please note that sickness certificates (also known as MED3) cannot be produced in advance or forward dated. In other words, if you have already had a sick note and need a further one, we cannot produce these until the day they run out or later. They can however be back dated where appropriate.

168 Medical Group Message

Like many practices across the country, the impact of COVID has led to unparalleled levels of demand for 168 Medical Group. We are doing all we can to ensure those with medically urgent conditions are seen on the day. To support us to help those who need it most, if you are in the early stages of an illness or have a short term minor condition, please use the self-help guides on Ask My GP or the NHS website to self-care. When you contact us, we will ask you what you’ve done to self care. With self-care, many minor illnesses can resolve without needing medical treatment from a GP.

If you still need medical help, please note that our telephone team may refer you to our physiotherapist, mental health nurse or pharmacist if your condition is suitable to be treated by one of our extended healthcare team.

Please remember that our team are here to help you. They are doing a difficult job in challenging times. Please treat them with the same level of respect as you’d expect in return.