Jobs for Amputees
Many people become an amputee every year across the U.K. People of all ages deal with the loss of one or more limbs due to various illnesses, conditions, and accidents. It is a significant life circumstance that can cause stress, mental health issues, physical pain, and big changes in all areas of life.
An aspect of life that amputees will need to think about is work and employment. For some amputees, the work they did before their amputation will no longer be relevant or safe. For most, the same opportunities that existed before will have changed significantly.
As an amputee, you are a disabled person in the U.K. This means that you are entitled to support and extra help, especially in relation to your finances and work life. If you cannot work you will be entitled to benefits, you can take a look at some more information on that matter in our guide to finding financial help. If you can work, you will still have different requirements and accessibility needs than other people. Under employment law, these requirements must be supported by your employer.
Work-Based Accessibility for Amputees
The work that you do needs to be made accessible and inclusive of your disability. Regardless of how your disability affects you and what limb(s) you have lost, you must be given the support that you need to work as a disabled person.
What you need will depend on your own circumstances. Some common options include:
- Provision of accessible toilets
- Modification to your working desk/seat
- Financial help with transport to and from work or external meetings
- Time off for medical appointments
Under the Equality Act of 2010, your employer must make any requirements you request if they are reasonable. If your employer is not financially able to meet your requests, you can make an application for funding through the Access to Work scheme.
How to Find the Best Jobs for Amputees in the UK
There are many different jobs that will be appropriate for amputees and it is important not to put everyone with the same disability into the same category. Apart from health and safety, there is no limit to the jobs you can do as someone with an amputated limb(s) as long as it is something you want to do and feel capable to do.
Getting the right support at work is all you need to be happy and safe in whatever you are doing. The best way to find this is to look for opportunities with Disability-Friendly and Diversity-Positive employers.
For anything else you need, get in touch with our team directly.