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Remember to seek help and talk to your employer about your psoriatic arthritis. Be honest about your capabilities as your employer may be able to help you

How to manage your PsA at work:

Everyone manages their psoriatic arthritis at work differently, but it’s worth thinking about how to make full use of the help available in order help minimise the impact on your working life.
Managing your Psoriatic Arthritis at work Remember to seek help and talk to your employer about your psoriatic arthritis. Be honest about your capabilities and needs as your employer may be able to help you.

Your employer must follow the Equality Act 2010 and ‘reasonable adjustments’ so you can work at your best. A record of these adjustments will be kept by the human resources team and will include changes such as:

  • Providing special equipment
  • Allowing you to take short and regular breaks
  • Reallocating duties that you find difficult to perform
  • Having reasonable time off to attend medical appointments

However, there are also some practical things you can do yourself:

  • Find out as much as you can about your psoriatic arthritis. If you understand your condition, you will feel more confident to make the decisions that are right for you
  • Give your employer information about psoriatic arthritis and ask them to read it. The better educated they are the more support they may be able to provide at the workplace
  • Remember that your specialist team is there to provide support. If your condition changes or you feel it is not well-controlled, ask for help quickly. Physiotherapists, podiatrists and occupational therapists can all help to make you psoriatic arthritis more manageable. It is important to talk about your job and the issues you face at work with your doctor/physo as they may be able to advise on possible solutions
  • Learn and use self-management strategies to help deal with pain and fatigue. For example it is important that you know your limits and ensure that you do not exceed these in order to help deal with any discomfort and fatigue
  • Make your journey to work as simple as possible. Try looking into alternative routes to work, checking how long will it take you to get to the bus or train station and whether the station has access facilities e.g. a lift or wheelchair ramps
  • Speak with your employer to rearrange your working hours, time your commute to avoid the rush hour or work from home occasionally.
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