Sickness Certificates

Self-certification

The NHS provides sickness certification only after seven continuous days of illness.  If you need a sick note to cover this period of sickness you should complete a Self Certification (SC2) form which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Please visit the Direct Gov website for full information about fitness for work following a period of sickness. After this period a NHS certificate may be issued by the GP.

 

Do I need a note saying I’m fit for work?

No. There is no such thing as a ‘back to work’  or ‘signed back to work’ note. It is your own decision and your employer’s responsibility to assess this.

 

Statement of Fitness for Work or “fit note” (previously known as a “sick note”)

You can fill in a form at reception to request a fit note.

Please note that by law we must have evidence of your illness. If we do not have proof from another health professional, you will be asked to make an appointment with a doctor.

You may ask for a fit note to be renewed. You can request this at reception. We may ask you to make an appointment with a doctor to review your condition first.

 

Why work?

Work helps us gain a sense of pride and self-satisfaction by reaffirming that we can support ourselves. With work, we earn money to cover bills and pay for activities in our leisure time.

But it’s not just about the paycheck. Work makes people happier. If you’re a person with a disability and are thinking about work, there is something you should know: People with disabilities who work are healthier and happier than people with disabilities who are unemployed.

Whether a job is paid or unpaid, people who work tend to:

  • Meet people and expand their social networks.Work acts as a training opportunity to develop and improve social skills and develop friendly and supportive relationships. The support provided by co-workers can change someone’s life experience from one of isolation to one of feeling part of a community.
  • Feel productive and valuedknowing that they are making important contributions.
  • Shape a personal identity.
  • Build a solid foundationto advance their goals and their future.
  • Develop new skills, both work and non-work related. For example, some individuals with disabilities become comfortable with traveling independently, once learning to travel to and from their job.

It’s becoming more common to see people with disabilities in a wide range of jobs throughout the community. Significant barriers to employment still exist, but progress is being made. Individuals with even the most severe disabilities have shown that they can be successful at work, changing their lives and changing the way people with disabilities are viewed in society.