If you require an extension to your sick note please order this via the NHS App where possible.
For instructions on how to do this please visit: www.nottsnhsapp.nhs.uk/sicknote
The NHS website provides information on When you need a fit note.
You do not require a doctor’s sickness certificate for any illness lasting 7 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.
A sick note request can be made via the NHS App saving you time, rather than calling into the practice or telephoning.
If you are unemployed and self-employed you can self-certify using Form SC1, this is available from the Job Centre.
If you are unable to return to work after the first 7 days you will need a “Fit to work note” signed by a doctor.
If employers insist on a sick note during the first week of illness this will be in the form of a private note for which there is a charge to them, following a written application by the employer with the patient’s consent (i.e. declaration and signature by them).
Evidence that you are sick
If you are sick for more than 7 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, eg 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 (where this information was sourced)