Step 4 of 10 in getting ready to return to work:
After assessing the barriers and facilitators to return to work using the Vocational Model from Step One and assessing functional challenges from Step 2 in comparison to the demands of the job from Step 3, one of the next steps is in helping the cancer survivor identify and access helpful supports and resources. This could include providing medical treatments and symptom management, rehabilitation (which can include psychological treatment if needed), and/or referring the cancer survivor to other professionals (such as pain and symptom management, rehabilitation, psychological support, vocational rehabilitation, and social work) to help reduce overcome these challenges.
As a healthcare provider, you can do much to aid cancer survivors return to work by developing your knowledge of available rehabilitation, psychological and advocacy support resources (cancer and non-cancer specific), from the community sources, private sectors and other health care agencies. This can include referring to employment and vocational rehabilitation support (see: Links to Services and Resources) and human rights advocacy groups that exist in the cancer survivors community.