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.
Find out more at: www.tewv.nhs.uk/services/mindfulness
Please note that you are now able to self refer in to the North Yorkshire County Council Weight Management Service.
For more information, please visit: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/check-yourself
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 HMRC 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).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
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.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced).
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) in North Yorkshire have launched their new website providing information and the ability for patients to self refer in to the service. IAPT provide a range of therapies that help with conditions such as Depression, Anxiety and Phobias; for more information, please visit: https://northyorkshireiapt.co.uk/