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If you’re planning on returning to work after a long term illness or injury, you may have many worries and concerns about going back into the workplace. The good news is that there are many thousands of people who have returned to work in such circumstances and there is lots of help available out there to make the transition easier.

It is worthwhile spending time to think about how your illness or injury will affect you in the workplace. Will you be able to do exactly the same sort of work you used to do? Will you need to reduce the hours you work? Will you need to learn new skills? Is this a good time for a career change to a job that won’t aggravate your illness or injury?

Here are some Top Tips for returning to work after illness or injury:

  • If you can’t go back to exactly the same job, consider what transferable skills you got from that role and what other types of work those skills would be useful in.
  • If you can’t go back to your old role, consider becoming a teacher or lecturer in those skills.
  • If you think you may need to update your skills to help you get a new job, contact your local college for details of courses that may be suitable for you.
  • Update your CV with all the transferable skills you’ve been using in previous jobs.
  • Consider looking for part-time or voluntary work to ease you back into a working environment.
  • Look at the Returning to Work link for your local area to see suitable back to work schemes near you.

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