It's estimated that one in three people currently living with cancer are of working age. For many people, work doesn't just provide a necessary income; it's also part of their identity and an important aspect of 'normal' life. And as an employer, your legal responsibilities go hand in hand with retention of talent and experience.


Our WHY in Work workshop provides an overview of

  • The physical and emotional impact of cancer and treatment on the return to work.
  • How to communicate well from a diagnosis through to return to work.
  • The Equality Act, reasonable adjustments.
  • Best Practice – policies and flexibility

We want to ensure that employers feel able to support their employees when facing a cancer diagnosis themselves or for someone they care for.


registrations are not available

The event is closed.


Facts and figures*

• In 2015, there were an estimated 890,000 people of working age living with cancer in the UK. This is set to increase to more than 1.1 million by 2030.

• 85% of people with cancer who were employed when diagnosed say it was important for them to continue work after diagnosis.

• Cancer survivors (who were in work at the point of their cancer diagnosis) are twice as likely to be unemployed than the general population.

• An estimated 1 in 3 people living with cancer are of working age. (Age16-65)

Our WHYinwork services have been created in response to feedback from the people we support, who all too often have experienced work-related disadvantage and additional stress as a result of having cancer, or caring for a loved one. This is despite robust, permanent protection from discrimination via the Equality Act 2010. We know that the vast majority of employers do their best to support staff and show compassion and flexibility. This isn't just 'the right thing to do' - it ensures people's talent and experience is retained and is a vital ingredient for a positive, high-functioning workplace. WHYinwork will help you to meet your obligations and support your staff.

With 85% of people with cancer who were employed when diagnosed saying it was important for them to continue work after diagnosis, it is evident that employers have a significant role in providing support. Reasonable adjustments to work will be necessary for those coping with cancer. We know from our counselling clients that work can provide much-needed consistency and a sense of normality, as well as financial stability.

We look forward to you joining us for our WHY in Work workshop on the 13th July 10.00-12.00.


*Macmillan 2017