This section of the website explains the term ‘reasonable
adjustment’ and includes links to specific guides for line managers
which may be useful when working with employers. This page on the
website includes the link to the publication ‘We can work it
out’. This is a line manager’s guide to reasonable adjustments
for mental illness.
This is the link to the Cabinet Office
publication called ‘Small
change, big difference’ which was produced with Rethink.
This guide is for employees and includes
examples of adjustments that Rethink has identified from its
work based on experiences of people with a mental health
Mental illness and disability law in your GP
This guide was produced by Rethink and the Royal College of
General Practitioners and looks at what ‘reasonable adjustments’
can be made in GP surgeries.
This is an initiative to tackle stigma and discrimination
surrounding mental health issues in England. The campaign aims to
create a society where people who experience mental health problems
enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other people. The
website has links specifically for employers. The line manager’s
resource is a practical guide to managing and supporting people
with mental health problems in the workplace.
of reasonable adjustments’. This part of the website
includes useful examples of changes to work and work patterns.
Forum on Disability
Employers' Forum on Disability is an employers' organisation
focused on disability as it affects business. The forum includes
employers from multinational corporations, Small and Medium sized
Enterprises and the public sector.
‘Non-visible disabilities line manager guide’ includes extensive
examples of ‘reasonable adjustments’.
'Tailored adjustment agreement' template is intended to be a
living record of reasonable adjustments agreed between a disabled
employee and their line manager.
The purpose of this agreement is to:
- Ensure that both parties, the individual and the employer, have
an accurate record of what has been agreed.
- Minimise the need to re-negotiate reasonable adjustments every
time the employee changes jobs, is re-located or assigned a new
manager within the organisation.
- Provide employees and their line managers with the basis for
discussions about reasonable adjustments at future meetings.
This is a live document and should be reviewed regularly by both
the employee and manager and amended as appropriate.
ambitions: Better employment support for people with a mental
Rachel Perkins, Paul Farmer and Paul
Department for Work and Pensions, December 2009
This review was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Work
and Pensions to look at mental health and employment and to
identify how Government could help people with mental health
conditions fulfil their employment ambitions. Chapter
4 includes examples of ‘reasonable adjustments’ that have
enabled people with a mental health condition to prosper at
This booklet ‘Flexible working and work-life balance’
includes examples of flexible working such as term time working,
job shares and changes to shift and rota patterns. It includes
advice for employees on how to apply for flexible working. The
booklet includes examples of flexible working from situations such
as returning to work after maternity leave which might be useful in
discussions with your employees, especially where you or they have
limited experience or knowledge of mental ill-health.
‘The Mental health in the workplace: an employer's
guide’ includes a section on supporting employees to stay in
in employment’ booklet by Alison Cobb and Kaaren Cruse is
written primarily for people who experience mental distress, or are
living with a mental health diagnosis. It includes sections on
making changes to the workplace such as the work environment or
working practice. It also includes information and advice on
getting support for putting the adjustments needed in place which
may be useful for employers when discussing and agreeing reasonable
adjustments with your patients and also with employers.
Chartered institute of Personnel and Development
and mental health at work factsheet, September
This comprehensive factsheet also includes a short section on
adjustments at work.
The health conditions part of the website includes a link to an
American publication called
‘Working with MS’. This includes tips and techniques for
developing adjustments or accommodations or different job duties.
There is a five point plan to help identify the tasks and
activities that your patient can do and those which s/he may
experience difficulties with and how best to negotiate for the
National Access to Work Team, Jobcentre Plus
DWP scheme designed to financially assist employers with costs
beyond that of reasonable adjustments.