Returning to work

I have sort of hit a brick wall with this as I understand it an employer must make reasonable adjustments to work to allow you to return my sick line ran out in October in as much as my doctor signed me fit for work
Despite repeated requests from my employer to extend my sick line I refused and I was deemed as returned HR then got involved and all went quiet and I mean very quiet no contact at all but now this morning I have been summoned to an assessment on Thursday I’m not sure how to handle it as I am being assessed on unfamiliar machinery due to the time involved I’m a year post stroke I’m wondering if any of you have any guidance or advice I want to return to work as I see it as another step in my recovery


@Briansmith1962 returning to work will always be daunting.

Take your time with what you have to do. Please don’t exhaust yourself or you will end up fatigued.
Don’t rush it you could set yourself back.

I wish you lots of luck and let us know how it goes. Kind regards, loraine

@Briansmith1962 employers are supposed to put in place readonable adjustments to enable you to return to work. What is classed as reasonable will depend on your employer. For example the civil service would be expected to put more in place than your local family run firm.

If you need some advicec I would try calling ACAS or Citizens Advice. Are you a union member? If so give them a call too.

Have you had an occupational health assessment done? This would be useful as it would advise you & your employer on what you need to enable you to return to work.

I would ask your employer what you can expect on Thursday & what they are expecting from you / the assessment.

If you have a union rep perhaps you could ask them to be present as some support for you.

Good luck & hope all goes well.



@Briansmith1962 you can ask your employer to provide an OH assessment to establish what reasonable adjustments to make to facilitate your return to work, this assessment may be the one you’ve been asked to attend on Thursday.

You mentioned your Fit Note ran out in October, have you been at work for the last 3 months?

As @Mrs5K mentions put a call into your employer and ask what the assessment will include so you are prepared.

Best wishes

Take your time with the assessment on the new machinery, try not to stress too much about it.

Hi @Briansmith1962. Great that you want to start the process of returning to work. I think all of the posts so far have given good advice :heart: as acas and citizens advice have been helpful, there’s also Access to Work which is a government scheme looking to help you get back to work.

Access to Work

Also there is some great links on Stroke Association and Different Strokes:

Stroke Association Getting Back to Work

Different Strokes - Our Information Pack

Best of luck with everything and let us know how you get on :blush:

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Thank you all the assessment is only being attended by line manager and the safety team not OH no adjustments have been offered or suggested the only request I made was for an automatic vehicle which was hired last week but given to another member of staff I’m not sure what I can suggest to then most equipment we have is ancient and not very user friendly

If you need some adjustments making to enable an effective return to work you could ask your GP for a fit note listing adjustments required. I’d still advise you to speak to ACAS so you know your rights.

Hope the assessment goes well.


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@Briansmith1962 good suggestion by @Mrs5K , your GP can list on your Fit Note some adjustments that have to be made to accommodate your return to work.

Here’s something from ACAS about returning to work. Make a list of things you believe may help you with your role to discuss at the meeting on Thursday.

Hope all goes well

Does u GP think you are fit to work as most say you can work if the firm does this and this etc. Also hearing mind stroke fatguie do not do too much too soon as this could set you back with kind regards des

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Acces to Work can help with adjustments/equipment to help you do your job and with travel to work.