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Beatson Cancer Charity presents the Specialist Health and Work Service

25th Feb 2016
What Is The Service?

The Specialist Health and Work Service is made up of a team of NHS practitioners experienced in health and work issues, particularly for those who have been affected by cancer. The service supports patients who are remaining in work, returning to work or looking for a new job. They will be given advice and guidance through every stage. Here are a few ways they can help patients.

  • Work with patients and their employer where required to agree a return to work plan.
  • Advise on any adjustments that may be needed to make sure their return to work is as smooth as possible.
  • Support patients making decisions regarding their working future.
  • Attend or advise on return to work meetings that will help employers understand the patients’ needs.
  • Identify employability services which can help patients to find new employment opportunities.
how we've helped already...

“Looking back, the team was phenomenal and brilliant because you’re dealing with all this emotional stuff and they got me right away and understood what I was going through in a work point of view. I would recommend the specialist health and work service to anyone.” Stephen

“Employers sometimes don’t understand the emotional impact a cancer diagnosis can have on you. The Specialist Health and Work Service team understood my sense of low self-esteem and isolation. They knew I felt useless and needed to work and be part of the workplace and enjoy the banter with my work colleagues. They helped me so much, they listen and they know how important it is to feel useful and fulfilled. Thank you!” Alec

“When I spoke to the service at first it was like a breath of fresh air, it was like someone really understood my difficulties. They could understand what I was going through” Liz

How does the service operate? 

We can provide levels of support to patients in a way that best suits them, with options of a telephone call and face to face meetings. Patients are assigned a practitioner who works closely with the patient to help focus them on returning to work, staying in work or making work-related decisions. They can also support if there are areas of conflict. 

This incredibly worthwhile service is entirely funded by Beatson Cancer Charity. It is a hugely important service which already supports so many patients and their families, and we will do all that we can with the service staff to ensure many more patients receive the support they deserve.

In order to continue supporting innovative service developments like the Specialist Health and Work Service, Beatson Cancer Charity needs you.

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Beatson Cancer Charity is determined to beat cancer and is committed to securing significant funding to support and enhance the treatment, care and wellbeing of current, former and future cancer patients and their families. Find out more about what we’ve achieved here.


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