Self Referral & Sickness Certificates


The TEWV Mindfulness Team run courses of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for people aged over 18 years, who have experienced repeated episodes of depression or are stressed by parenting or caring for someone with mental ill health or a learning disability.

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Weight Management Service

Please note that you are now able to self refer in to the North Yorkshire County Council Weight Management Service.

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Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor’s sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the website.

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

Your employer can ask you to confirm that you’ve been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification.

If you’re sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP.

However, this will also depend on your employer’s company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work ’Fit Note’

The ‘fit note’ was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer’s support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

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IAPT Self-Referral Website

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) in North Yorkshire have launched their new website providing information and the ability for patients to self-refer into the service.  IAPT provide a range of therapies that help with conditions such as Depression, Anxiety and Phobias; for more information, please visit: