medical Certificates

Under a week

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.

Employers cannot force employees to take annual leave when they’re eligible for sick leave.

Government Advice

over 1 week

medical certificate

If you need a fit note, please do contact us. Or if you are getting hospital treatment, ask for one from your hospital doctor.

Your doctor will assess you, and if they decide your health affects your fitness for work, they can issue a fit note and advise either that:

  • you are “not fit for work”
  • you “may be fit for work taking into account the following advice”

Your doctor will choose the “may be fit for work” option if they think that you are able to do some work, even if it is not your usual job, with support from your employer.

Discuss this advice with your employer to see if you can return to work. For example, your doctor may suggest possible changes, such as:

  • returning to work gradually, for example, by starting part time
  • temporarily working different hours
  • performing different duties or tasks
  • having other support to do your job. For example, if you have back pain, avoiding heavy lifting

If your employer is unable to accommodate the changes advised by a doctor, then the fit note is treated as though it said “unfit for work”.

.there is no charge for a medical certificate.

Do i need another note to return to work?

No.

You do not need to see a GP again to be signed fit to go back to work.

The fit note does not have an option to say that you’re fit for work. If a doctor wants to assess your fitness for work again, we will say this on your fit note.

Some employers have their own policy that requires employees to obtain medical evidence that they are fit for work. If this is the case, your employer should help you arrange this privately with a GP or occupational health specialist. A doctor cannot issue a fit note for this purpose.

you do not need another note from the doctor before returning to work.

I need a isolation certificate for COVID

Use this service if you’re self-isolating because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.

You can use this service if:

  • you have symptoms of coronavirus or have tested positive
  • you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, and you’re not fully vaccinated
  • you’ve been told to self-isolate by a test and trace service or the NHS COVID-19 app

you do not need to ask a GP for an isolation certificate for COVID19.

renewal of a medical certificate

I need to extend my current medical certificate?

We will need to assess you once your current medical certificate ends, if you need to extend this.

We need the following information:

  • Check the diagnosis is the same
  • Check our occupation
  • if there are any amended duties that you could carry out.

you do not need to ask a GP for an isolation certificate for COVID19.

I need to extend my current medical certificate?

We will need to assess you once your current medical certificate ends, if you need to extend this.

We need the following information:

  • Check the diagnosis is the same
  • Check our occupation
  • if there are any amended duties that you could carry out.

how can i request a medical certificate?

requesting a medical certificate is quick and easy

This can be done by calling between 0800-1000 Monday to Friday where you can speak to a clinician who can assess you. Alternatively you can make a request online. If approved it is sent to your mobile phone securely. Please ensure that we have your correct contact details. If there are additional questions we need to ask, we will message you to call us between 0800-1000.