Changing the conversation about work and cancer


Working After Cancer – series of one-day workshops

14th April 2017


We are running a series of one-day workshops this year for the Lymphoma Association in partnership with Shine Cancer Support.  The first workshop was held in Southampton in March. The second workshop will be held in Manchester on Wednesday 7th June with two more planned this year in Newcastle and London. If you would be interested in… [Read More]

Top tips on how to support a colleague during and after cancer treatment

22nd March 2017


Cancer is having a huge impact within the workplace and this will continue and increase for the foreseeable future. Although long-term absence[1] (lasting over four weeks) only accounts for 5% of all absence episodes, it typically accounts for 30–40% of total working time lost. In 2013 it was estimated to cost the UK £4bn per… [Read More]

Working together towards recovery

9th March 2017


For International Women’s Day Barbara was interviewed by the Daily Telegraph for their special supplement on Diversity in the Workplace. Read Daily Telegraph article here (PDF)

Cancer in The Workplace Report: Role of Coaching

10th February 2017


Last year Barbara Wilson contributed to a project run by the Economist Intelligence Unit, commissioned by Bristol Myers Squibb, about Cancer in the Workplace. The report concludes that there is significant room for improvement in company policies and practices to strengthen workplace support for those affected by cancer and those steps are: improving access to… [Read More]

Q&A at Trekstock

5th January 2017


Barbara Wilson visited Trekstock’s offices in Covent Garden just before Christmas to answer a wide variety of questions about how to manage work and cancer successfully. Watch the video below. #WorkingWithCancer Q&A with Barbara Wilson & Jolene from our #TrekstockNetwork. Drop any questions in the comments! Posted by Trekstock on Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Managing the performance of people affected by cancer

6th December 2016


Here are a couple of case studies to get you thinking: can you spot what the employers should have done differently in the two case studies below? Case 1: A friend of mine, relatively new in a senior role, was diagnosed with cancer. Keen to keep on working during her chemo and with no real… [Read More]

Is your long-term sickness policy fit for work and cancer?

23rd September 2016


Returning to work is not a sprint, it’s more like a marathon and sometimes there need to be pauses along the way to draw breath. It’s not a seamless progression, but a long and winding road. Is your long term sickness policy fit for purpose? Read full article here Written for Macmillan Cancer Support, September 2016

Introducing Evenbreak

26th July 2016


We at Working With Cancer are often approached by cancer survivors struggling to find work after their cancer treatment. Whether they have been out of work for a short or long period the main issues are often the same:  how to explain a gap on their CV or job application, what to say at an… [Read More]

Working Carers- The Lost Tribe?

6th June 2016


I remember it distinctly. It was just another rather mundane day at the office when I left a meeting to take an urgent phone call. One of our employees had recently become a dad but now – just a few weeks later – a routine blood test had revealed that his wife had acute myeloid… [Read More]

Rethinking Cancer: Realising the potential for improved survival

5th May 2016


In December Barbara attended a parliamentary round table discussion hosted by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS).  The meeting brought together Parliamentarians, policy experts and patient groups to consider the implications for patients, employers, the economy and society at large. The event followed a recent report supported by BMS and prepared by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK). In Rethinking… [Read More]

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