self-certification of illness

Last reviewed 01/2018

Patients may self-certify for the first 7 days of illness.

Form SC2: this is the standard form for self- certification. However its use is optional since many employers use their own forms for their employees to notify sickness.

Form SC1: this is available for specific categories. It's use has been restricted since 1990 to:-

  • the self-employed
  • the unemployed
  • employees who are not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay
  • patients who have specific medical treatment eg radiotherapy, dialysis