Employment & IBD: a guide for employees

If you have Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis (the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - IBD) you may be concerned about your employment position. You may be employed or looking for a new job. You may be on benefits and are thinking about returning to work. While Crohn's and Colitis are chronic (ongoing) conditions, with appropriate treatment it is often possible to remain well for long periods. Many people with Crohn's or Colitis are able to work and have successful careers.

This information sheet looks at some of the questions you may have about your possible options and how you may be protected by law. Some of the quotes included are from people with Crohn's or Colitis who responded to a 2011 Crohn’s & Colitis UK survey on Crohn's and Colitis and employment. Others are responses provided by people with Crohn's or Colitis during the review process of this information sheet. 

Some of the quotes included are from people with Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis who responded to a 2011 Crohn’s & Colitis UK survey on Crohn's and Colitis and employment. Others are responses provided by people with Crohn's or Colitis during the review process of this information sheet. 

This information sheet also covers the Equality Act 2010, which applies to England, Wales and Scotland. The Act does not apply to Northern Ireland. If you live in Northern Ireland, you may wish to visit nidirect for further information on employment rights: www.nidirect.gov.uk

Deciding whether to disclose your Crohn's or Colitis
Choosing whether to tell colleagues
What are my employment rights?
When is Crohn's or Colitis a disability?
What protection do I have under the equality act?
What are the reasonable adjustments?
What is access at work?
Living with a stoma at work
Travelling to work
What can I do if I feel like I have been treated unfairly?
Returning to work after a long absence
What can I do if sufficient reasonable adjustments cannot be made?
What financial help is avaialble?
Help and support from Crohn's & Colitis UK
Help and support for people with stomas
Other organisations - national
Other organisations - local
Volunteering
How we write our information

Last reviewed: May 2017