Important Changes to Self Certification Rules from 17 December 2021 - 26 January 2022
Employees can normally self-certify sickness absence for the first seven days. Temporarily, they can self-certify for 28 days, to enable GPs to focus on the COVID-19 booster programme.
In order to free up GP capacity to focus on the government’s current priorities for the NHS of delivering the coronavirus booster programme and emergency care, employees will not be required to provide their employer with medical evidence of sickness absence for the first 28 days of absence. GPs will still be required to supply fit notes for periods of absence exceeding 28 days.
This change takes effect from 17 December, but applies to absences beginning on or after 10 December 2021, up to and including absences which begin on or before 26 January 2022. The self-certification period will revert to seven days for absences beginning on or after 27 January 2022.
Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave
Please note the guidance around self certification has changed. More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave
If they started their sick leave before 10 December 2021, they must give proof if they’ve been ill for more than 7 days.
Self-certification forms usually include details such as:
- information about your sickness or illness
- the date your sickness started
- the date your sickness ended.
Fit notes and how to get one
A fit note must be signed by a doctor, such as your GP. On the fit note, your GP can advise that:
- you are ‘not fit for work’, or
- you ‘may be fit for work’