Friday, 22 March 2013

Cancer and the new Health and Work Assessment and Advisory Service

via The Work Foundation News by Jenny Gulliford

Returning to work can be a positive part of the recovery process for people with cancer, bringing with it physical, mental and social benefits. Working can not only provide economic security, but can help people enjoy society more fully. However, whilst evidence shows that the majority of cancer survivors return to work after treatment, job retention rates are much lower than the general population, with many people with cancer struggling to remain in the workplace.

As a result of the Equalities Act 2010 it is an employer’s responsibility to help an employee recovering from cancer remain at work, supporting them and making any reasonable adjustments to the workplace they might need. However, many employers do not have access to the high quality occupational health advice they need to provide this support.

A new government service may be about to change this.

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