For absence from work through sickness, self-certification is currently required for the first week. The "Fit Note" certificate (Form SC2) is available online, from your employer or the Post Office. We can not issue a Doctors Certificate for the first 7 days of sickness.
If a private certificate to cover work is required a fee is charged. After the first week, certificates can be issues following a consultation with your doctor.
If you are under the care of a Hospital doctor you must ask them to complete a medical certificate for you for the full duration of your anticipated incapacity. If you have been referred back to your GP, further certificates can be obtained from us (if, for example your recovery is taking longer than expected). If you are still under the care of the outpatients' department, however, they must supply your medical certificates until you are discharged and we will be required to ask you to request it from them if this is the case.
If you are not able to perform your normal job but may be fit to perform other duties or roles then we may be able to certify that you "may be fit" to work. You can then discuss your fit note with your employer to see if they can help you return to work. If your employer cannot make appropriate changes, your fit note will be used as if it said that you are "not fit for work".
Please note that there is no need to be signed back to work and we are not able to do so: there is no option on the fit note to do this. If your employer requests that you should be formally signed off as "fit to work", they will need need to make a private arrangement with a GP or occupational health specialist for this. Full information regarding fit notes is available here.