Aileen shares her experiences of becoming disabled at work and her thoughts on the benefits healthcare professionals with lived experience can bring to the workplace.
- Working with a colleague who needs adjustments at work to establish what will help them is effective - assuming or applying a one-size-fits-all approach can be damaging.
- Many healthcare professionals who become unwell or who are disabled at work want to remain in the profession and a flexible approach to recruitment and retention is required to retain their skills and experience.
- As a retired nurse member of the RCN, Aileen continues to make a valued contribution.
- The RCN's Member Support Services offer a range of support to members facing ill health retirement or looking to change role due to a change in abilities including Careers advice and coaching, advice on welfare benefits and telephone based counselling.