By law, you are required to self-certify for if you are off sick for up to seven days. Fill in this form called SC2.
Your employer should not request a sick note from the doctor during this time. If you want a sick note during this time there will be a private charge for this.
If your employer has reason to inquire about a spell of sickness, they are advised to write to the doctor, including written permission from the you, and a report may be issued. A charge will be made for such a report.
After the first seven days you will require a medical certificate or “Fit Note”.
If you have not already had a consultation with the doctor about this episode of illness, or if we have not received relevant documentation such as a hospital letter, you may be asked to book an appointment. If you have not consulted with a doctor for a while about this problem, or if it is your third note, we may also ask you to book an appointment.
If you do not need to see a doctor, a fit note can be requested here:
Return to work
You do not need a certificate to declare fitness to return to work.
There is further information provided on the Gov.uk Website.
The Department for Work and Pensions will be extracting anonymous data from fit notes in England from January 2016. For further information please click here.