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Acas conference: Progressive and terminal illness and the workplace


Many employees will be touched by progressive or terminal illness in some way during their working lives. Whether it’s by supporting a family member or dependant, a colleague, or being directly affected.

Join Acas and leading experts as we consider progressive and terminal illness and the impact it can have on the workplace. We will focus on good practice for managing and supporting affected staff, their colleagues and working carers. We will also look the legal obligations and responsibilities for employers, as well as sources of support and other available services.

Business need

Individuals diagnosed with a progressive or terminal illness experience emotional stress, fear and uncertainty. The nature of their illness may prevent them from working again. Some may choose to stop working altogether and spend their remaining time with family and friends. Others may wish to continue working for as long as they can.

It is therefore important for employers to be prepared, to be mindful of the sensitivities and understand the legal obligations when managing staff with a progressive or terminal illness.

It is also essential for employers to support staff and colleagues after a bereavement. Although often overlooked, if handled well, it not only supports individuals through a very difficult time, but it can also help retain skills and develop valued and much appreciated good employment relations.

Delegates attending this conference will hear from a range of guest speakers and gain an understanding of the impact progressive and terminal illness can have on employees and their colleagues. They will learn about the legal obligations for employers, the importance of training line managers and will receive good practice guidance for handling emotions, wellbeing and having difficult conversations.

Delegates will also have the opportunity throughout the event to engage with supporting charities and organisations who help employers discover new ways to support employees facing progressive and terminal illnesses, or caring for dependents with a progressive or terminal illness.

Suitable For

Delegates from all sectors of industry including: managers, supervisors, team leaders, HR professionals, business owners, Trade Union representatives, employee representatives and individuals who wish to enhance their CPD.


This conference will include the following guest speaker sessions:

  • Mental health and neurodiversity considerations - Sarah Taylor; Acas Trainer.
  • Managing bereavement in the workplace
  • Legal obligations and responsibilities - Lachlan Wilson; Barrister at 3PB Barristers.
  • Managing through discretion: The positives and pitfalls - Maggie Steven; Acas Adviser.
  • Case study

More guest speaker details to be added shortly.

Venue Maple House, ETC Venues   Map (opens in new window)   Date 12/11/2019    Time 09:30 - 14:00   
Price £105.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt
To book now

* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.