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