Temporary changes to ssp rules

Temporary changes to SSP rules

Temporary changes to SSP rules

Employees can temporarily self-certify sickness absence for 28 days, as the government moves to free up GPs’ time to focus on the Covid-19 booster programme.
Employees eligible to receive statutory sick pay are not normally required to provide their employer with medical evidence to support sickness absence for the first seven days of absence. For longer periods they must obtain medical evidence from their GP.
In order to free up GP capacity to focus on the government’s current priorities for the NHS of delivering the coronavirus booster programme and emergency care, employees will not be required to provide their employer with medical evidence of sickness absence for the first 28 days of absence. GPs will still be required to supply medical evidence for periods of absence longer than 28 days.
This change came into effect on 17 December, and applies to absences beginning on or after 10 December 2021, up to and including absences which begin on or before 26 January 2022. The self-certification period will revert to seven days for absences beginning on or after 27 January 2022.