Beatson Cancer Charity

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Beatson Cancer Charity

Project Name: We're With You At Work

Beatson Cancer Charity were funded to develop and test a range of tools to give staff the confidence, knowledge and skills to support employees affected by cancer. The project worked closely with five private businesses to develop the resources, and their work reached a further 16 businesses and many staff.

Main Project Activities Delivered

  • Collaboration between Beatson Cancer Charity’s Specialist Health & Work Service (SHAWS), 5 businesses, people with lived experience of cancer as patient & carer, and clinical expertise, to co-produce training materials and policy guidance aimed at improving management of employees affected by cancer
  • Consultation with a further 16 employers and 9 stakeholders to feed into project
  • Delivery of training in management of employees affected by cancer to 279 HR professionals, line managers and union representatives from 16 companies/ organisations, both private and public sector
  • Production of training toolkit, covering: employment rights and obligations, common impacts of cancer and its treatment on physical and mental health, reasonable adjustments, and “compassionate conversations” – a toolkit to help employers develop the skills and confidence to manage employees affected by cancer in a sensitive and appropriate way.

Resources & Support Available/Developed

  • Training toolkit is available to download here.
  • The SHAWS team provides consultancy and delivery of training to help employers improve their practice in managing and supporting employees affected by cancer. This includes advice on policy and practice, shorter awareness-raising sessions, and training of various lengths dependent on empower needs and constraints.
  • SHAWS takes self-referrals from anyone in the West of Scotland affected by cancer who needs support in relation to returning to, remaining in, or retiring from work. Its specialist practitioners offer practical and emotional support to set and achieve goals, guidance on employment-related rights and opportunities, and advice and coordination in accessing other services and sources of support.

For more information contact Donna McLeod at, or visit the Beatson Cancer Charity website.