Advice and guidance for employers in supporting employees with long term health conditions returning to and continuing in work
If an employee has a long term condition, then vocational (work) rehabilitation can help them return to and remain in work. This also benefits the organisation in retaining a productive member of their team.
The workplace is a suitable environment to support employees and provide interventions that allow them to come to work or continue at work. Other agencies can provide appropriate healthcare or treatment, which the employer can also access and use for support.
When considering what you can do to support your employee, it is useful to take into account
It is important that you have an understanding of how a specific health condition might impact upon work as this will help you determine the best support to put in place. The list below provides an overview of some common long term health conditions
If you are self-employed, you may have financial or other concerns about keeping your business going while you are having treatment and recovering.There are some Government benefits available if you are sick and self-employed.
There may also be charitable grants that you qualify for. Speak to the Citizen's Advice Bureau or a benefits adviser to find out more. You may find the Government run
Business Support Helpline useful.
If one of your employees has a health condition which is impacting on their work, they could benefit from Working Health Services Scotland. This service provides free and confidential advice and health support for the self-employed and people working in companies with less than 250 employees.
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For information on workplace health, safety and wellbeing, contact your local health board team