“A person is classed as having a disability if physical or mental impairment has a substantial, long-term effect on their abilities to carry out normal day to day activities. Whether a condition can be classed as disabling is decided on the effects on the person of not taking medication or not following a required diet. So people with diabetes are covered by the Equality Act 2010 as they have to take their medication at appropriate times and may have to eat at set times to control their blood sugars.”  Independent Diabetes Trust – “Diabetes – know your rights” 

Some Reasonable Adjustments to consider 

  • Set meal breaks
  • May need a break to check their blood sugar levels
  • Able to have a snack with them whilst working
  • May require time off to attend medical appointments, but this should not be needed on a regular basis
  • If an individual is prone to having episodes where they have either significantly high or low blood sugars and may need first aid it could be beneficial if they advise a couple of colleagues about how to support them

Helpful resources

Diabetes UK –  www.diabetes.org.uk

Diabetes and Driving – https://www.gov.uk/diabetes-driving

 Information Sources

National Institute for Health & Care Excellence – https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng28/chapter/introduction

NHS – http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Diabetes-type2/Pages/Introduction.aspx

U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3354930/

 InDependent Diabetes Trust – your Diabetes Know Your Rights – http://www.iddt.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Your-Diabetes-Know-Your-Rights.pdf