Thursday 19th September 2013
There are more than 700,000 people of working age living with cancer in the UK, and many of these people face difficult decisions about work.
A large number aren’t currently able to remain in, or return to, their jobs – often because they lack the necessary support to do so. People with cancer are 37% more likely to be unemployed than other people in the general population.
Yet we know that work has a number of important benefits for people affected by cancer. There is strong evidence that work is good for both physical and mental health. For people living with cancer, working can aid recovery and rehabilitation.
Many health and social care professionals have expressed concerns that they don’t have the expertise to discuss work issues with people living with cancer. This is where free resources available from Macmillan can help.
Visit our page on work and cancer information for health and social care professionals to download the Work support route guide. This tool, endorsed by the College of Occupational Therapists, has been specially designed to help health and social care professionals have conversations about work with people living with cancer. On the web page, you’ll also find:
- an e-learning module to help you improve your knowledge of workplace rights and benefits, and signpost people to appropriate support
- information resources for people affected by cancer.
You don’t have to be an expert to start a conversation about work. And it doesn’t need to be time consuming. It’s about including work in your normal conversations, encouraging people to consider their options and signposting them to further information.
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