If you miss work through illness for up to 7 days, ask your employer for a form SC2, or download it by clicking here. If you are self-employed obtain form SC1 from the Benefits Agency. Doctors’ certificates for sickness benefit claims are only issued if we advise you to stay off work after 7 days. The regulations on certificates are intended to avoid the need to consult a doctor for short episodes of illness so we do not issue private certificates to cover periods up to 7 days. If a private certificate is needed for insurance claims for longer periods, a charge will be made.