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Some frequently asked questions about M.E. Please contact us if you can't find the information you need.

Q. My colleague has M.E., how will this affect me?

A. When someone you work with has M.E., you need to understand the illness and the impact it can have on them.The fluctuating nature of M.E. can make it difficult for someone with the illness to…
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Living with M.E. / Employers & teachers


Q. Should I tell my employer I have M.E.?

A. Potential employers are not allowed to ask health-related questions, except in specific circumstances.You don’t have to disclose a health issue or disability to an employer, unless it could cause…
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Living with M.E. / Employers & teachers


Q. How can Action for M.E. help me support my patients?

A. Action for M.E. works collaboratively with health and social care professionals and we are always interested to hear from those who have an interest in M.E. and/or want to know more.Useful publications that…
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Employers & teachers


Q. How might M.E. affect my student?

A. If one of your students has been diagnosed with M.E. or shows classic symptoms – such as peaks and troughs in health and energy levels, muscle pain, headache, problems with concentration – they…
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Employers & teachers


Q. How can I support my student with M.E.?

A. Be prepared to be as flexible as you can. You can help by: being flexible with attendance requirementsorganising a reduced timetable, for work to be sent to them at home and/or make special…
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Employers & teachers


Q. How might symptoms affect my employee?

A. M.E. is a complex illness and each person experiences the condition differently.People with M.E. do not necessarily look ill – it’s referred to as an “invisible illness” for a reason – and the…
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Employers & teachers


Q. What about phased returns to work?

A. Returning to work after a period of illness with M.E. requires a much more gradual approach than most other phased returns. It is important that work and travel to/from work is incorporated when…
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Employers & teachers


Q. What are reasonable adjustments in the workplace?

A. Under the 2010 Equality Act, employers should make reasonable adjustments to the workplace and working practices or arrangements, so that a disabled employee or job applicant is not at a disadvantage.Make…
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Employers & teachers


Q. What is best practice regarding confidentiality?

A. When a member of staff discloses their M.E., they may – or may not – want you to share this information with other colleagues.Disabled people have the right to insist that their illness remains…
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Employers & teachers


Q. What to consider when recruiting someone with M.E.?

A. People with M.E. consistently tell us they would love nothing better than to return to employment. With the right support, it is possible for some people with M.E. to do this.If you are considering…
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Employers & teachers


Q. As an employer, where can I get information & support?

A. Access to Work provides practical advice and financial support to help overcome the barriers to work experienced by people who have long-term health conditions. The programme is flexible to try…
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Employers & teachers