Health professionals can support their patients in their employment by:

           having an awareness of their rights and responsibilities as employees

–           giving careful consideration to and being realistic with their patients about how their diagnosis and treatment will impact on their work.

–           timing their appointments around their patient’s work obligations wherever possible

–           always offering medical certificates that are realistic in terms of their coverage; and

–           providing written or other information (at the patient’s request) that they can give to their employers as evidence to support whatever reasonable adjustments might be required.