Self Certification

"If employees are off work for 7 days or less, they do not need to give their employer a fit note or other proof of sickness from a medical professional.

When they return to work, their employer can ask them to confirm they’ve been off sick. This is called ‘self-certification’. The employer and employee will agree on how the employee should do this. They might need to fill in a form or send details of their sick leave by email."

You can find more information on the Government website

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How to request a sick note

You can submit a request for a MED3 (sick note) by filling out an eConsult, or calling us on 01273 523623 and speaking to a Receptionist who will ask you some questions. This information will be passed to a clinician and we will be back in touch, you might be ‘signed off’ for a shorter amount of time than you are expecting whilst we organise a review with a clinician.

This will not affect your income and our intention is not to force you to do anything you are not able to do, but it is our responsibility to support you in your return to work where possible. For some people this may not be possible and we are happy to provide documentation of your medical conditions that prohibit you from working, but in some instances we can advise your employer on steps to take to make your return to work a gentle transition.

For example, we can provide a ‘may be fit for work’ on the grounds of ‘no heavy lifting due to shoulder injury’ or ‘phased return working on alternate days’.

Because we have to take these things into consideration, it may take up to 5 working days for your request to be processed, this will not affect the dates on your MED3 as they can be back dated.

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Useful links about returning to work

Gov UK - adjustments employers must make

ACAS - Gov approved advice service about returning to work

Mind website - returning to work

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