You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website
Evidence that you are sick
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.
If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.
However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
Unwell for more than 7 days and require a medical certificate?
please download the form below, complete it and email it back to us on firstname.lastname@example.org. The completed form will be ready for collection within 5 working days. We will send you a text message when the form is ready. PLEASE ENSURE WE HAVE YOUR MOBILE NUMBER.
Doctor's Sick Note (After 7 days of sickness only)
Already had a sick note for the same illness and require another?
Your doctor may not need to see you again to issue an additional sick note. Please download the form below and once complete, email it back to us on email@example.com
The completed form will be ready within 5 working days. We will either send you a text (provided you have not opted out of our SMS service) or we will contact you to make an appointment to see a GP.
Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)