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Cancer in the Workplace, Beyond Diagnosis

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!

Working with Health Challenges 

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? 

Join Holyrood on 6 February as we examine best practice and look at leading examples of cancer workplace strategies in Scotland as well as how to support any worker facing a health challenge. This unique event will provide a safe space for an open and engaging discussion. Whether you are an HR manager, a health or social care professional or any colleague working to achieve cultural change within your organisation, this event is for you. 

Key Issues We'll Address With You

  • In-depth understanding of the support needs, risks and rights that surround cancer within the workforce.
  • The opportunity to implement change in your organisation with safe discussion areas and adapting working spaces.
  • Up-to-date information on the latest developments in cancer policies and examples of the leading cancer support strategies in Scotland’s public sector.

Who should attend? 

  • HR assistants, managers and specialists
  • Health and safety managers
  • Internal communications assistants and managers
  • CEOs and Directors
  • Wellbeing officers
  • Health and social care professionals
  • Trade Union Representatives
  • Occupational Therapists

Confirmed Speakers


Dr Richard G Kyle, PhD PgCert MA(Hons) FRGS FRSPH SFHEA, Edinburgh Napier University, Reader / Head of Population & Public Health, Assistant Editor, Nurse Education Today

Dr Andrew Parsons (PHD, MSc) and Sue Jackson - Executive and Medical Coach

Maggies Cancer Centres

South Lanarkshire Council


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

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06 Feb 2020
Central Edinburgh
Reduced rate
1 place £145 + VAT

Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard rate
1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place

Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector rate
1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place

Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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