10 March 2014

The Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) has announced a new project to examine the occupational safety and health issues surrounding return to work for people who have been treated for cancer.

The research project is to be funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

The objectives of the research project will be to:

  • understand the health and safety implications of returning to work after cancer by undertaking a systematic review of existing literature

  • identify what employers can do to facilitate return to work and what is best practice in dealing with health and safety issues for cancer suffers returning to work

  • develop guidance to support employers implement appropriate adjustments for cancer sufferers and support measures to manage health and safety issues relating to their return to work.

The IOM confirmed that the research will be undertaken in three stages: a systematic review, case studies and the development of guidance material.

The IOM research team will be led by Dr Joanne Crawford, with members of the team to include Professor Damien McElvenny, Dr Anne Sleeuwenhoek, Alice Davis and Ken Dixon. The research team will be working with colleagues Dr Fehmidah Munir and Dr Hilary McDermott from the Loughborough University School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, as well as Emma Donaldson-Feilder of Affinity Health at Work.