Advice for colleagues and managers
Video clip: Verity finds that healthcare appointments can be hard to get, are not always at convenient times, and can be draining or upsetting to attend.
I think it's really important that people are encouraged to go to their medical professionals. And be able to attend their appointments. Even if they're having loads of appointments. If people are having lots of appointments, that's probably because they need them, and they may have been on a very long waiting list for them. There also needs to be some appreciation of the fact that the NHS can't really be very flexible because it's very stretched. And even though the university guidance is that you should get an appointment at the beginning or end of the day, in fact that's actually not very practical half of the time. And so you do need to be kind of responsive to that, and just aware of that. And not make people feel guilty for the fact that they might need to leave for two hours in the middle of the day. Sometimes it's also quite difficult for people coming back from an appointment, to work. So maybe being a bit sensitive about that, and not having big busy meetings after that, or something that's very people-facing. That said, I suppose it depends on the individual. Some people might like to hide behind their computer for the rest of the day, but other people would prefer to be busy and distracted.