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To develop information on our website to support people with musculoskeletal conditions in the workplace, we asked people what information and advice they wanted including. 

Because we are unable to provide information and advice on all the different things that people asked for, we created this signposting page. 

On this page, you will find links to trusted external websites where you can find information to help support you. 

Access to Work
If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you should talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace. 

If the help you need at work is not covered by your employer making reasonable adjustments, you may be able to get help from Access to Work.

For more information about Access to Work visit: www.gov.uk/access-to-work 

Advice and support for managers - employee musculoskeletal health 
The Public Health England toolkit Musculoskeletal health in the workplace: a toolkit for managers contains practical advice and resources which you may find useful. 


Blue badges
If you’re disabled, the Blue Badge scheme helps you park closer to your destination.

For more information about the scheme visit: www.gov.uk/blue-badge-scheme-information-council 

Department for Work and Pensions 
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. 

As the UKs biggest public service department it administers the state pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers.


Diet and nutrition
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. People with special dietary needs or a medical condition should ask their doctor or a registered dietitian for advice. 

For information about healthy eating advice visit: www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/ 

Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a complementary or alternative medicine. This means that homeopathy is different from treatments that are part of conventional western medicine in important ways. There has been extensive investigation of the effectiveness of homeopathy. 

There is no good-quality evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition.

For more information about homeopathy visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/Homeopathy/ 

Human resources (HR) 
HR is the part of an organisation that is focused on activities relating to employees. These activities normally include recruiting and hiring of new employees, orientation and training of current employees, employee benefits, and retention. 

Your HR department should be able to inform you of any local policies around things like attending hospital appointments, sickness absence and changing working hours etc. 

Ill health retirement
You might be able to get higher payments if you need to take your pension early because of a health condition.

You can find more information on the gov.uk webpages below: 
Job Centre Plus
Jobcentre Plus is a government-funded employment agency and social security office whose aim it is to help people of working age find employment in the UK.

For more information and to find your local Job Centre Plus, visit: www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus.
 
Occupational health 
Occupational health teams keep people well at work – physically and mentally. Speak to your manger to see if you have an occupational health department in your workplace that may be able to help.

For more information about what occupational health is visit: www.nhshealthatwork.co.uk/what-is-oh

Pain medication 
Talk to your pharmacist, GP or call NHS 111 if you need more advice on pain medication. The aim of taking pain medication is to improve your quality of life. All pain medication has potential side effects, so you need to weigh up the advantages of taking them against the disadvantages.

For more information and advice about pain medication visit: www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/which-painkiller-to-use/ 

Reasonable adjustments for workers with disabilities and health conditions 
Employers must make reasonable adjustments to make sure workers with disabilities, or physical or mental health conditions, aren’t substantially disadvantaged when doing their jobs. 


Work and Health Programmes
If you are out of work, Work and Health Programmes can help you find and keep a job. 



Disclaimer: The content on this page is provided for general information purposes only and is not meant to replace a physiotherapy or medical consultation.

While we may include links to other websites, the Trust is not responsible for the content of any external sites, nor should selection be seen as an endorsement.
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