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Cover Magazine - Quarter of UK employers lack support for seriously ill staff

Research shows 'disconnect' between employer and employee.

Employees have poor understanding of what they’re offered in practice, research from GRiD suggest.

A quarter (23%) of UK businesses do not offer any form of emotional or practical support to employees if they are diagnosed with a serious illness such as cancer or heart disease, according to research revealed by industry body GRiD.

Of those who do offer support, the most prevalent types of provision are a phased return to work plan (43%) and emotional support, such as counselling (42%). Other common forms of support offered include practical support, such as access to rehabilitation (35%), line manager training (28%), access to medical specialists such as oncologists (27%), second medical opinions (23%), paid-for for treatment (21%) and physiotherapy (17%).

However, when asked about what support they believe their employer might offer them should they be absent through ill health, of those employees who thought they would have support over and above statutory sick pay, only 7% thought they'd be given access to counselling and just 3% thought their employer would offer physio - suggesting there is a gap in employee understanding.  

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