Health Information Week – Managing long-term conditions

Around 15 million people in England have a long-term condition. Long-term conditions or chronic diseases are conditions which have persistent or recurring effects, such as diabetes, chronic obstructive airways disease (known as COAD or COPD), arthritis, depression and high blood pressure.

Although long-term medical problems may continue over many years, remaining in work can be beneficial for health. Reasonable adjustments can often enable people with long-term conditions to remain in work.

Someone with a medical condition may appreciate an offer of help to be able to carry on working, however, such discussions should be treated in confidence. In some situations, the conversation may also help in developing formal return-to-work or job-retention plans.

Employees with medical conditions may have statutory protection requiring their employers to make workplace adjustments. However, whether or not this is the case, it is good practice to do what you can to meet your employees’ needs in this respect.

Reasonable adjustments may include:

  • Ergonomic adjustments (changing the work environment)
  • Changes to working hours
  • Flexible working practices
  • Changing the way your employee works (for example, allowing them to have appropriate breaks)
  • Phased return to work after sickness absence
  • Adjusting performance targets

Occupational health advice is instrumental in dealing with long-term medical conditions at work and employers should be encouraged to get in touch with their Occupational Health provider.

Medigold Health provides a full range of services, from Occupational Health assessments to Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP). Our experience enables us to provide robust, practical advice that takes into account the realities of supporting employees in the workplace, ensuring that they have the best possible chance of successfully returning to work after periods of sickness.

Medigold Health is one of the UK’s most respected and established providers of corporate healthcare services. We have been involved in the business of helping employers to keep their people in work, safe and well for two decades. Unlike many of our competitors, we are a clinically led organisation from the top down. Our Life President and Founder, Dr Mike Goldsmith, established the Medigold Health brand and service delivery model on the uncompromising principles of quality and integrity.

Working with our clients individually, we tailor occupational health and corporate wellbeing solutions to address your specific needs. This individual customer focus allows us to provide robust advice and create a comprehensive, bespoke service, keeping your people in work, safe and well.

To find out more about how you can support your employees, please email