Work Foundation Recommends Improved Workplace IBD Care Via More Specialized Nurses and Reformed Government Services

Work Foundation Recommends Improved Workplace IBD Care Via More Specialized Nurses and Reformed Government Services
A recent report from the Lancaster University's Work Foundation called for more specialist nurses to render focused care to patients suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, in the workplace. The report also called on the government to reform federal services, like Access to Work and Fit for Work, to better meet the needs of these working patients. The Work Foundation report drew evidence from a series of one-on-one interviews with employees with IBD and their employers, and aims to further understand the impact IBD makes on people's work. It touched on several subjects, such as overall satisfaction, financial concerns, and degree of job flexibility to illustrate how these factors influence one's employment decisions, as IBD's lifelong, unpredictable, and oftentimes uncomfortable nature poses a daily challenge to the average worker. In the report, both employers and employees mentioned the significant benefit of having access to specialist nurses for support in the workplace. Through these healthcare professionals, they have a reliable and efficient source of information about their condition, ranging from initial diagnosis to treatment and ways to cope. Some of the approaches the report recommended to improve IBD patients' experience in the workplace were:
  • Individuals equipping themselves with information and having the confid
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