Resources to help you stay in, return to, or look for work
We have developed employment resources to help you work with your employer to support you within work, or when looking for work.
Staying in, returning to, or looking for work after a brain tumour diagnosis can be quite a challenge - for people who have a brain tumour and for people caring for them.
Being diagnosed with a brain tumour can have a far-reaching effect on employment and career prospects. Side-effects of the tumour or its treatment, such as fatigue or thinking difficulties, or time off for appointments, treatment and recovery, can all cause problems.
Many people have to give up work entirely, change job, or reduce their hours or duties. If a partner is acting as a carer, their work may be affected too. As a result, financial difficulties are common, and people also speak about the loss of identity and purpose that work can provide.
Our employment resources include information about whether and how to tell your employer about your diagnosis; tools to help your employer or colleagues understand the possible effects of a brain tumour; your rights within the workplace; suggestions for 'reasonable adjustments' that your employer can make to support you; and a list of specialist organisations that can help you. There is also a resource specifically for employers.
Each resource is designed to be used as, when and if needed. More detailed explanations of how each resource can be used, are below.
We would love to get your feedback on these resources, particularly if you have used them. Please contact our Information and Support Line 0808 800 0004 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Use this resource to look at the pros and cons of telling your employer about your, or your loved one's, diagnosis, and how to go about it.
Use this visual resource to help make your employer/colleagues aware of the possible effects of brain tumours and their treatment. You could print off the body map to highlight those which affect you.
A 'charter' of the employment rights of people with, or caring for someone with, a brain tumour. It covers England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
This sheet gives examples of 'reasonable adjustments' that can be made in the workplace according to the side-effects you are experiencing.
Download and fill in this blank sheet to create a record of the 'reasonable adjustments' that you agree with your employer. Keep a copy yourself and a copy in your personal employee file.
Use this to understand how best to support your employee and your responsibilities towards them.
A list of specialist organisations and services that can give information, advice and practical support to help you apply for, stay in, or return to work. Many can also give information and advice to employers.