10 days self-certification
We know that chasing GPs for supporting documentation can sometimes be an arduous, stressful and time-consuming process.
That’s why we’ve taken steps to ensure that our schools’ staff are able to self-certify even more absences. As part of our new and improved 2021 policy, we will allow teachers and support staff to self-certify absences* for up to 10 working days.
Gathering medical evidence is not necessary for self-certification claims. Instead, your school simply completes our self-certificate form and returns it to us. We’ll then have everything we need to assess, process and settle your claim.
Benefits of self-certification
Removes pressure on staff
Ensures more paid claims
Eases cash-flow issues
Improved payment times
No limit on claims
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What is self-certification?
Self-certification allows a member of staff to verify their absence without the need to retrieve and submit external medical evidence such as a Doctor’s Report or Medical Certificate.
How does it work?
In the unfortunate event that a member of staff is absent from work, your school submits an insurance claim as normal. However, if the absence lasts 10 working days or less, we will not request supporting medical evidence to validate your claim. Instead, the absentee will be required to complete and return a very simple self-certificate form. We’ll then have everything we need to assess your claim.
How do we access a self-certification form?
Once the claim is logged, we will send the relevant self-certificate form to your policy administrator.
Are you able to offer more than 10 days self-certification?
Yes. If you are contacting us from a trust of schools or cluster, we may be able to offer up to 15 days of self-certification cover. If you’d like to discuss this further, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 0800 862 0960 and we’ll be happy to help you with this.
How long is your self-certification period?
As part of our new and improved 2021 policy, we have extended our self-certification to 10 working days.
How do we make a self-certification claim?
How many times can a member of staff self-certify in a year?
There is no limit to the number of self-certification claims you can make. As long as the length of absence is less than 10 working days, staff will be able to self-certify their absence.
What happens if an absence exceeds the self-certification period?
Should the absence claim exceed 10 working days, your school can proceed in one of two ways: a) cease the claim at 10 days with no need to submit external medical evidence to validate the claim, or b) provide any supporting documents we require to verify the period of absence.