Changing the conversation about work and cancer

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How can managers support working carers who look after someone with cancer?

1st December 2013

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What should employers do..what is essential and what is good practice? Let’s start with the essential: there are various pieces of legislation that employers should be aware of Written for Macmillan Cancer Support, December 2013 Read the full article here


The side effects of cancer and getting back to work

1st October 2013

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  You may have read a recent press release by the BCC (Breast Cancer Campaign) about the impact of Tamoxifen on cancer survivors. In case you haven’t, in summary, around 40,000 women in the UK each year are diagnosed with hormone-positive breast cancer and around 13,000 will be prescribed a five year course of Tamoxifen,… [Read More]


Why are men less open about their health issues and how can employers better support male employees affected by cancer?

1st September 2013

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This problem is not specific to cancer or to the UK.  Research seems to indicate that there are two main reasons why men don’t ask for support, which would apply both to men with cancer and men caring for others with cancer. Written for Macmillan Cancer Support, September 2013 Read the full article here


Returning to work after cancer – what’s so important?

24th July 2013

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There are at present over 2 million people in the UK living with cancer and Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that by 2030 there will be 4 million. But the story of cancer is in many ways changing for the better. It is increasingly becoming an illness which is either successfully cured with no signs of… [Read More]


Sky News Interview about increasing discrimination at work against those affected by cancer

17th July 2013

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Barbara Wilson commenting on a press release issued by Macmillan Cancer Support on increasing levels of discrimination at work since 2010 against those affected by cancer.


The Critical Role of Line Managers

1st July 2013

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I am often asked what is the most important factor in helping people return to work after cancer. Clearly a lot depends on the diagnosis, the stage that the cancer is at, and the kind of work the individual does. An individual’s financial situation, and friends and family circumstances are also important, but in my… [Read More]


How can I embed a workplace policy on managing people with cancer and other long term conditions in my organisation?

18th May 2013

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Support from the top makes a big difference, and too often it is the case that this only really happens when those people have been affected personally. I think there are three major areas where HR can contribute a great deal to effecting change. Written for Macmillan Cancer Support, May 2013 Read the full article… [Read More]


What should an employer consider when making reasonable adjustments for an employee with cancer?

18th February 2013

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Following a cancer diagnosis, most people need time off work for treatment.  This could last for several weeks or months. Whilst most cancers have a typical ‘care pathway’, every person is unique in terms of their cancer journey, their treatment and when they feel ready to return to work. Written for Macmillan Cancer Support, Feb… [Read More]


What should an employer consider when making reasonable adjustments for an employee living with cancer?

15th January 2013

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Following a cancer diagnosis, most people need time off work for treatment. This could last for several weeks or months. Whilst most cancers have a typical ‘care pathway’, every person is unique in terms of their cancer journey, their treatment and when they feel ready to return to work. Everyone who has, or has had,… [Read More]


How can a manager support a team feeling under pressure while covering someone’s absence due to cancer?

18th November 2012

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The real issue is usually about communication with the team; it is rarely if ever about the team resenting the fact that an individual is absent because he/she has cancer. Written for Macmillan Cancer Support, Nov 2012 Read the full article here


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