Young people with haemophilia can find themselves in quite a vulnerable position when the time comes to leave education to find work. Certain occupations are off-limits for anyone with a proven diagnosis of severe forms of haemophilia A or B, including the police, the armed forces and the front-line Prison Service. Other occupations may be unwise choices for people with haemophilia, including those involving heavy labouring, or prolonged physical effort in awkward situations.
For these and other reasons, it is vital that career options are explored as early as possible – ideally, while the young person is still at school. Although today’s modern treatments mean that even severely affected individuals should leave school or college with little, if any, physical impairments, acute bleeds can severely interfere with daily working life, and some less enlightened employers may be reluctant to take on an individual with haemophilia.
All employers of people with haemophilia should understand the condition and have up-to-date and accurate information about the disorder.
For more information and support, contact:
The Haemophilia Society
HELPLINE: 0800 018 6068
Tel: 020 7831 1020
Web site: www.haemophilia.org.uk