This event will equip you with the tools to support those affected by cancer in your workplace. We’ll also debate the best way to integrate cancer support into the heart of HR policies and help you ensure that your staff members have the confidence to ask for help and support. This is an essential issue for all workplaces so check out our outline of speakers and book your place!
As employers, and work colleagues, we need to develop better strategies and hold open debates around the support we can provide to the members of our workforce experiencing a major health challenge. New and improved treatments mean that cancer survival rates are up and more and more people are living with cancer and wanting to work. Each year HR departments of large organisations will support more people with cancer then a GP will. How can we create an inclusive and supportive working environment where sufferers can choose if they wish to remain at work?
Registration and opening remarks
09:30 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair
10.05 Session 1: Current provision for cancer in the workplace
10:05 Supporting those with Cancer in Scotland
Maggies Cancer Centre
10.25 Navigating employment law: rights and duties during a cancer diagnosis.
David Walker. Accredited specialist in Employment Law, Partner, Morton Fraser
Questions and Answers
11:15 Refreshments and Networking
11:30 Session 2: Implementing organisational and cultural change - best strategies and practices
11:30 Dr Andrew Parsons, Executive and Medical Coach
Affiliations: Working With Cancer and Reciprocal Minds Limited. Volunteer coach and supervisor with The Fountain Centre (Coaching Service), St Luke’s Cancer Centre, Royal Surrey County Hospital, UK
The presentation will aim to improve the knowledge and understanding of:
- Main challenges of managing cancer and work
- How the law protects people affected by cancer
- The responsibilities of Organisations and Managers
- Strategies for how to talk about cancer in the workplace
12:00 Adapting the workplace:
- Flexible Working
- Risk Assessments
- The Dying to Work Campaign
- Supporting Mental health of sufferers/carers
South Lanarkshire Council
12:40 Questions and Discussion
13:00 Lunch and Networking
14:00 Session 3: Looking ahead - innovative examples of cancer support in the workforce
- Public sector in Scotland leading the change: reviewing and changing staff policies.
- Examples of best practice in a public sector setting.
14:30 Interactive Coaching Masterclass with Dr Andrew Parsons and Sue Jackson
The coaching Masterclass will draw on elements of the Accredited Salutogenic Coaching Certificate Programme (co-created with Sue Jackson. Whitespace Coaching).
The workshop will aim to build understanding and capabilities of relevant coaching skills supporting health and mental capital. It will enable individuals to:
- Develop knowledge of theoretical frameworks involved in positive health, mental capital and Salutogenesis (coping with challenges).
- Understand the role for Coaching/Mentoring in enhancing Mental Wellbeing
- Learn models of self-reflection and emotional management
- Build confidence in the coaching process, listening skills and the ability to ask questions
As the workshop will be an opportunity for experiential learning, delegates will be asked to bring a personal challenge to explore using the coaching process.
16:00 Closing Remarks from Chair
16:15 Close of Event
*Agenda subject to change