Working Well With Arthritis
Being employed not only improves your income, there is clear evidence that working can be good for your health and well-being.
It is acknowledged that people with arthritis face considerable challenges staying in work or returning to the workplace. With the right support many people with arthritis continue to work successfully.
If your arthritis is affecting your work, or daily activities, you have rights under the Equality Act 2010. This means your employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments to support you at work.
Understanding your condition and the support you may need is key to managing your condition in the workplace. Often simple adjustments can help you do your job better and more comfortably.
Your doctor and NHS health professionals will be working with you to ensure your condition is under control.
The Joint Working service aims to complement this by providing you with information, guidance and signposting to help you stay in work or, return to the workplace.
Joint Working can provide:
Support for you:
- Employability guidance and support to help you deal with any issues in the workplace.
- Information on managing your condition within work and for those returning to the workplace.
- Information on equipment, services, benefits and your rights within the workplace.
- Access to self-management training to help you manage your condition.
Support that suits your needs
- One-to-one meeting.
- Email and /or telephone.
We will help you focus on returning to or remaining in work. Our experienced staff can offer you access to appropriate support and services to help you Work Well With Arthritis.
If you’d like to find out more about using our Working with Arthritis Service, contact Maureen, m.mcAllister@versusarthritis.org.
Are you an employer?
Do you want to learn more about arthritis and how best to support employees? We can deliver a short Arthritis Awareness session to staff or host an Arthritis Information stand at your place of work.
To find out more or to book an Arthritis Awareness training session or information stand, contact Maureen, m.mcAllister@versusarthritis.org or Hazel, firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 0141 954 7776.
Information on working with arthritis
Our pages on working with arthritis are for anyone with arthritis who is either starting work for the first time, trying to stay in employment or returning to work.
It talks about things like the fact it’s better to seek help and talk to your employer when you start to experience problems. Being honest about your abilities and your needs will help and bottling up your emotions and worrying will only make you feel more stressed.
Our work pages include advice on how to apply for jobs, how to deal with a current employer and how to structure your work days.
The pages also outline the 'reasonable measures' employers must take in order to not place you at a disadvantage in the workplace.