Jobs for People With Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a lifelong, genetic condition that affects people’s lungs, digestive system and immune system. Its main symptom is an excess of thick, sticky mucus produced throughout the body. It is this mucus that causes other health concerns and that makes the condition life-limiting.

Around 10,000 people in the U.K. live with cystic fibrosis and it is a health condition that we are learning more about over the years. Spreading information is the best way to make sure that people with cystic fibrosis get the help and support they need throughout life. At Careers with Disabilities, we want to help in this cause, especially when it comes to everything work, recruitment and career-related.

What Is It Like to Live With Cystic Fibrosis?

People who have cystic fibrosis live with it each and every day. It is a serious condition that requires a lot of management. Some of the main symptoms a person with the condition can experience include:

  • Coughing
  • Constipation and bowel issues
  • Struggling to breathe and clear throat
  • Chronic infections including of the lungs and bowel
  • Fatigue and a low tolerance for exercise
  • Loss of weight

It makes complete sense, therefore, that someone with cystic fibrosis will have difficulties when it comes to working. Some people with the condition may not be able to work at all, and they will be entitled to government benefits. Others may be able to and want to work, but how they can do so will depend on how well they are at any point in time.

Supporting People With Cystic Fibrosis in Work

There are some different ways in which cystic fibrosis can be managed in the workplace so that those with the condition may work comfortably and safely. The following are some modifications to work that can help:

  • Flexible work schedule: Many people with cystic fibrosis will choose to work part-time, in flex time so they can rest when they need to
  • Remote work: Working from home can be a great option for people with the condition as they have control over their working environment and it is easier to take breaks when needed
  • Sitting-down jobs: A job role where the person can be seated for the duration of the work day may help someone with cystic fibrosis cope better at work

Cystic fibrosis also makes people with the condition more vulnerable to infections and viruses such as Covid-19. Thorough sanitation will be necessary for someone with the condition to be safe at work. Socially distancing might also continue to be a modification needed for them in a shared office space.

As cystic fibrosis is a disability in the U.K., these modifications, or “reasonable adjustments”, are required to be made by employers under The Equality Act. If you have the condition and are not being supported in this way, you are within your rights to ask for the support you need.

Finding the Best Jobs as Someone With Cystic Fibrosis

To find inclusive and accessible jobs, check out our inclusive job board designed for disabled people on Careers with Disabilities.

You can also take a look at our list of Disability-Friendly company profiles to find a company that will support you with your condition in the best way possible.

If you want to work, you deserve support while doing so.

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