We are now in the delayed phase of our response to COVID-19. This entails significant changes to how we identify and manage potential cases of COVID-19. Advice for NHS organisations is now as follows:
1. The public are being advised to stay at home self-isolate for 10 days if develop symptoms OR 14 days if any household develops symptoms without any testing for COVID-19, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases, if they have:
a. A new continuous cough
b. High temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)

c. Loss/change to sense of smell/taste


Self Certification

You only require a sick note if you have been off for more than 7 days. For the first 7 days of illness, you are required to complete a self certification form. GPs are not allowed to issue medical certificates for the first 7 days of an illness.

If your employer insists on a medical certificate for the first 7 days, a private sick note can be issued by the GP. Please note a charge will be made for this.

If you do not qualify for statutory sick pay or statutory sick pay runs out and you are still unwell, you should ask your employer to complete form SSP1 and send it to the local JobCentre Plus  to claim for Incapacity Benefit.


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