Employees can take time off work if they’re ill. They need to give their employer proof if they’re ill for more than 7 days.
The temporary extension of the number of days a patient can self-certify for sickness from 7 days to 28 that started on the 10th of December 2021 has now ended, this means that any sickness absence –
- that started between 10 December 2021 and 26 January 2022 (inclusive) can continue to be self-certificated for up to 28 days.
- Starting on or after 27 January 2022 the 7-day period will apply.
Many employers have their own self-certification forms. If your employer doesn’t have its own form your can download this Self Certification Form (PDF). Please print it, fill it in and hand it in to your employer. You do not need to see a Doctor.
If employees are self-isolating and cannot work because of coronavirus (COVID-19) they can get an ‘isolation note’ online from NHS 111. They do not have to go to their GP or a hospital.
Please telephone or visit your surgery if you’re injured, unwell or have an ongoing problem that cannot be treated at home.