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13 July 2011 | PR 11/89

University experts help empower those with cancer at work

A work management tool designed by Loughborough University experts to empower people living with and beyond cancer has been unveiled today by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Work it out: the essential questions to ask about work, was developed by researchers in Loughborough’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in conjunction with Affinity Health at Work Consultancies and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Every year over 726,000 people of working age in the UK are living with a cancer diagnosis. Many people with cancer do not receive the information, advice or rehabilitation support they need to help them return to work and the majority will suffer a loss of income or experience higher costs as a result.

The Work it out tool outlines important questions to ask at four key stages: initial work issues and absence from work, preparing to return to work, returning to work, and not returning to work, and shows users who can provide the answers at different steps of their cancer journey.

Loughborough’s researchers have developed the tool over nine months, working closely with healthcare professionals, Jobcentre Plus advisors, Union representatives and those living with and beyond cancer to identify pressing work issues and questions.

Researcher Dr Katryna Kalawsky explains:

Work it out is designed to empower those living with and beyond cancer to manage work-related issues. It provides essential questions to help them get the most from interactions with healthcare professionals, employers, HR professionals and benefits advisers.

“By identifying the questions they need to ask in relation to work, we hope to give them back control, increase employers’ awareness of their needs and minimise financial hardship.”

The research forms part of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative, a Macmillan Cancer Support, Department of Health and NHS programme to improve the ongoing support and services for those living with and beyond cancer.

Work it out is available to those affected by cancer via the Macmillan website (www.macmillan.org.uk/work) as well as through Macmillan nurses supporting cancer patients.

The Loughborough University research team included Dr Kalawsky, Dr Fehmidah Munir and Dr Deborah Wallis.  

Work it out is available online via the following link:
http://www.macmillan.org.uk/GetInvolved/Campaigns/WorkingThroughCancer/WorkingThroughCancer.aspx


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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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