Sickness Absence Support

What documentation do I need to provide if I am off work ill?

You may need to self-certify or provide a Fit Note from your GP, see below for when this applies;

Sickness Period

Certification provided

More than 3 up to 7 consecutive days (including weekends and non-working days)


More than 7 days in one episode

An up to date Fit Note is required to cover the whole absence in its entirety.


I want to speak to someone about my health at work

The trust strongly believes that the promotion and protection of your health and wellbeing is one of our most important priorities. You can speak to your manager or self-refer to occupational health (see related documents below) to gain advice or discuss adjustments that may be required to your working arrangements.

What is my pay entitlement during sickness absence?

The trust understands that when you are sick, this isn’t something that you can necessarily prevent and wants to ensure that there isn’t added pressure of not being paid.  An Occupational Sick Pay scheme is therefore in place for all trust employees.

Length of Service

Period of Full Pay

Period of Half Pay

Up to 12 months service

One Month

Two Months

More than 1 year, less than 2 years’ service

Two Months

Two Months

More than 2 years, less than 3 years’ service

Four Months

Four Months

More than 3 years, less than 5 years’ service

Five Months

Five Months

More than 5 years’ service

Six Months

Six Months

I have booked Annual Leave but am now off sick from work, what do I do?

If you fall sick whilst on annual leave, follow the correct absence reporting process and the period will be treated as sick leave, to regain any leave days used you will need to provide a doctor’s note for the full period.

If you are off sick and have annual leave following your sickness absence period, you must contact your manager to confirm you are well enough to resume your annual leave or if the time is to be considered sickness absence.


For more detailed information, please read the policy (see related documents below).

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