Self Referral & Sickness Certificates


Refer Yourself to Physiotherapy

You can now access NHS physiotherapy without going to your GP first with go2physio.

Physiotherapists are physical activity specialists working with you to enable you to manage your condition.

Physiotherapists are expertly skilled to assess, diagnose and manage patients with musculoskeletal conditions much in the same way as doctors.

Musculoskeletal conditions such as muscle or joint problems like back pain, knee pain or sprains are best managed by physiotherapists.

Physiotherapists can transform peoples lives by:

  • Reducing pain
  • Improving quality of life
  • Keeping people out of hospital
  • Reducing disability
  • Reversing the deterioration of conditions

Physiotherapists will ensure that you will receive the most up to date and effective evidence based treatments for your problem.

To refer yourself to physiotherapy and for more information please visit:

www.srft.nhs.uk/go2physio

Sickness Certificates

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).

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

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.

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).