Thanks very much for your answer.
-Just to clarify, if I were to serve notice before my return to work date eg if I served notice in November, I would still receive full pay for the month's notice period even though I am on half pay/sick pay? Would I have to fight for that or should the HR department automatically do that as part of law?
-If I don't serve notice until or after my return to work date ie 1st December, can I request that I use my remaining leave for the notice period?
-Is it my right to use leave should I choose? And if I still have leave remaining after my notice period, would I get paid for that?
-Would I have to account for why I want to quit? For example, it is known that you can't go for another job interview whilst on sick leave. This is not what I am planning on doing but I am worried that if I were to just serve notice, could my employer wrongly suspect I have taken another job or been going for interviews?
I would want to leave knowing that I can count on obtaining a good reference from them in the future.
Thank you, ***** ***** all my bases so I can consider how to proceed.