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
publication called ‘Small
change, big difference’ which was produced with
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
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.
line manager guide’ includes extensive examples of ‘reasonable
'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
- 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 Litchfield
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
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 the workplace.
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
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.