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Unable to do my job no longer!!

robinhood8 Member Posts: 122 Pioneering
edited September 2018 in Work and employment
Good morning everyone I justI just need some advice I've been off sick for 3 and a Half months born with cerebral palsy I have always managed to work arthritis in my neck also my lower back and now I'm having problems with my ankle I I have a meetings with HR and my boss 14th of September also my appointment is on Friday morning I feel that I can no longer do the job as a support worker it's physically and mentally getting me down need need some advice they much appreciated


  • Donisha_Scope
    Donisha_Scope Scope Support to Work service Posts: 36 Courageous
    Hi @robinhood8,

    There are many services available to assist you with finding a more suitable role.

    Scope offer several employment services which cater to people with a range of needs and who live in varying locations across England and Wales. 

    For instance, if you would like general employment advice, guidance with identifying and promoting your transferable skills, information on benefits and assistance with boosting your CV, cover letter and interview techniques, all from the comfort of your home, the Support to Work service may be a great starting place.

    It is an employment service which runs for 12-weeks at a time,  is available to people who live in England and Wales and allows flexibility in terms of appointment as all support is via telephone/Skype/ Scope portal account.  

    Alternatively, the Kickstart service offers face-to-face assistance with CV writing, training in job search, interview preparation and on-going support for you and your employer.

    For more information or to find out if you live in one of the Boroughs which offers this service, please visit the website here.

    Kind regards, 


    Scope Employment Advisor
    Phone: 0300 222 5742
    Email: [email protected]
  • robinhood8
    robinhood8 Member Posts: 122 Pioneering
    Thank you donisha, thank you for your advice but I don't think youunderstandbut I have been in the care sector for 32 years or more and my body is in total pain in my neck my back and now I'm having problems with my ankle also my long life condition which is cerebral palsy I need some advice and what and what to say to my GP on Friday I also have an appointment with my manager and HR please can anybody help me thank you Jacqueline
  • Sam_Alumni
    Sam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,673 Disability Gamechanger
    I think you need to be really honest with your boss about your impairment and what it means to you.  

    There is some information about reasonable adjustments at work here:

    The Equality Act 2010 requires an employer to make reasonable adjustments to enable a disabled person to work. This builds on the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
    These reasonable adjustments may be to the recruitment process or to your work once you’ve started. Many reasonable adjustments cost little or nothing and can make a big difference to disabled employees.
    If there are reasonable adjustments which would allow you to carry on working, ask for them. If you’re not sure what these might be, Access to Work grants can pay for specialist assessments, as well as paying for recommended adjustments. 

    Reasonable adjustments: examples

    These are just some examples. Employers and employees need to communicate openly, because the needs of all employees are different. This is true, even if they have a similar impairment to another person.

    Physical adjustments

    • Adapted equipment, such as chairs, keyboards or voice-activated software
    • Changes to the work environment, such as lowering desks, using natural daylight bulbs, modifying entrances.
    • Different responsibilities, maybe even a different job
    • Transferring some tasks to a co-worker.

    Changing working patterns and hours

    Support and training

    • Providing a reader, interpreter or personal assistant
    • ​​​Training and support for people you work with, such as deaf awareness training.
    There is a benefits calculator here where you can see what you could be entitled to if you do stop working. 

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  • robinhood8
    robinhood8 Member Posts: 122 Pioneering
    I have been very lucky I hadI had a great manager who has been very understanding also has given me reasonable adjustment flexi hours and also I have cut my hours down after working as a support worker for 32 years Armagh and 54 now I have bending also getting I'm in constant pain with my back my neck and also having problems with my ankle it is description I can no longer do it


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