If you are experiencing mid to long term health issues, have an impairment and/or consider yourself to be disabled, the peer support service can help.
As the name suggests, the service’s core offer is to put you in touch with other RCN members to talk about the issues that matter to you for mutual support and to share experiences by telephone or email. We also have a closed Facebook group.
The group is facilitated by Holly Chadd, Peer Support Officer. Holly can also provide advice and support to you on practical issues related to remaining in employment. For advice on discrimination, or careers advice, you should contact RCN Direct.
Together, the group works to produce a bi-annual newsletter and to spread the word about the benefits of employing nurses and HCAs who have impairments through blogging, social media, guidance and articles.
To join you just need to complete a consent form explaining what you would like to get from the service and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org
It might help for you to read How to write a good personal statement beforehand.
You can call the RCN on 0345 772 6100 if you have any questions.
Most members join the group because of a work-related injury or condition, but membership is open to all RCN members affected by ill-health or disability, and to those who have an interest in health at work and/or disability rights issues.
You can also get help on a range of workplace issues.
The peer support service guide for members affected by disability in the workplace