Bury St Edmunds rehabilitation service scoops national award

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A Bury St Edmunds-based rehabilitation service with international appeal has scooped a national award for its work in helping cancer survivors return to work.

Working Towards Wellbeing, based in Maynewater Lane, won the Rehabilitation Initiative of the Year Provider accolade, in London, for an innovative project in supporting people suffering with the disease.

Health psychologist Dr Julie Denning said: “We are delighted that, we have been honoured with this award. We are very proud of our Cancer Work Support Service and the fabulous team of professionals we have working with us.

“Getting this recognition from a prestigious forum of fellow professionals is a wonderful achievement.”

Working Towards Wellbeing not only help individuals, they also help companies who are not aware of the kind of support people need to get back to work after a major health setback.

Dr Denning said: “Having a supportive employer can make a big difference to the return to work process.

“We hear stories of employees being left alone for months on end from well-meaning colleagues not wanting to interfere and this can give the impression that their employer doesn’t care.

“Just having regular contact may be all that is needed in the early days whilst their employee is off work.”

They provide training on cancer and other serious illness and help with return to work planning, helping employees to remain at work or to get back to work after a long period of illness.

Caroline, one of the case studies who benefitted from the support, said: “My case manager and therapist were invaluable in my rehabilitation after my cancer treatment. Thanks to them I am succeeding at work and look forward to my future.”

To find out more about Working Towards Wellbeing, visit: www.workingtowardswellbeing.com or call 01284 748285.