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David Shoesmith
Business Development Manager

Why work is a realistic outcome for those recovering from cancer

Why work is a realistic outcome for those recovering from cancer

Friday, 15 March 2013
08:30 - 10:30
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD


• Dame Carol Black, co-author of Health at Work – an independent review of sickness absence
• Dr Bill Gunnyeon, Chief Medical Adviser, Department for Work and Pensions
• Dr Steve Boorman, who conducted the independent NHS Health & Well-being Review
• Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support
• Stephen Bevan, Director, Centre for Workforce Effectiveness, The Work Foundation

The context:
Macmillan Cancer Support and The Work Foundation launched two complementary reports on work and cancer. Our reports recognise the benefits of supporting people with cancer to stay in or return to work for those who want it. They also highlight the importance of specialist vocational rehabilitation services for people who have more complex problems and call for better availability and access to these services.

Key questions asked during the event included:
• What governments, employers and society can do to help the growing number of cancer survivors stay in or return to work?
• How can we improve work outcomes for people with long-term conditions including cancer?
• What needs to be done in relation to NHS rehabilitation services, government back-to-work programmes and occupational health support?
• How can we improve access to specialist vocational rehabilitation support for people with complex problems, and what possibilities are there with the new state-funded Work and Health Assessment and Advisory Service?

To find out more about the event, contact David Shoesmith on 0207 976 3574 or email

To view the presentation slides from the event click here.

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