Hi Sar41, Guessing your called Sarah a
ged 41, Also diagnosed March and also a nurse called Sarah.luckily have not had to have radiotherapy or chemotherapy as had a lumpectomy mastectomy and reconstruction surgery now looking forward to going back to work. Work on neonatal unit level one so not too heavy.
Have already been to occupational health and they were really good, I am going back 16 hrs a week no longer than 6hrs shifts on alternate days ,for 2 weeks,then gradually increase hours.The NHS have to offer this if you have cancer so stick to your guns and demand your rights. H operation this helps Sarah.
I've had experience working with OH. I'm on a similar treatment plan and it sounds like you've covered most concerns I have. OH would be looking to support your future return to work and advise temporary adjustments that may facilitate and sustain your attendance such as phased return, temp redeployment. There maybe permanent restrictions advised for your role following lymph node surgery such as avoidance of heavy lifting & tasks that involved prolonged periods of static and/or repetitive arm movement (including DSE work). Its important that OH have a full understanding of your role expectations, health and functional capabilities to provide an appropriate return to work plan. Managing tiredness is challenging. Except to be tired/exhausted with your initial return but this will improve and should ideally be regularly reviewed with the supporting manager. I usually advise employees to keep in touch and visit when appropriate informally to minimise the natural anxieties with returning after a prolonged absence.
It's also helpful to bring copies of medical correspondence - this can negate OHs need to write (with your consent) for a medical report and provides evidence. Unfortunately I've had people pretend they've had cancer to have changes to their roles - yes really!!
Hope this is helpful & take care
While you are waiting for some replies to your post I've attached a link to the relevant section of the macmillan site. They have lots of information about work related issues.
I hope this helps.
Very best wishes
I was diagnosed with G1 and G2 tumours (one of each) in March, had a mastectomy and SNB in April, currently halfway through chemo to be followed by radiotherapy and tamoxifen and hopefully a risk reducing mastectomy and bilateral recon with a DIEP flap in 2017.
Im a senior nurse, manage a team and do nurse led clinics, and have an OH appointment on the 20th as part of the attendance policy at work. work aren't being particularly supportive but the union are taking care of that bit for me.
What I wanted to pick people's brains about is what should I be bringing up with OH? I'm going to discuss a phased return, fatigue, concerns about concentration and decision making but wondering what others had found helpful or wished they'd mentioned.
To complicate matters I was on maternity leave at diagnosis so haven't actually been at work since
April 2014 so I've had a massive break. I'm planning on going back in the new year, radiotherapy finishes in December, and I work 3 days.
Any tips appreciated.