As a former consultant occupational physician, Clare Rayner has raised awareness of the need for employers to be educated about Long Covid and to take it seriously – and battled tirelessly for the rights of those living with the disease to be treated fairly, despite herself suffering debilitating and devastating long-term effects as a result of coronavirus. We spoke to her for podcast Covid Matters to find out more about occupational health as it relates to Covid-19 – and about her own experiences.
Clare was an Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Manchester, and worked as a Trainer for the National Education Project for Health and Work. Clare talks with first-hand experience of Covid-19 and has written several papers on the condition including editorials on returning to work after Long Covid, leaflets for workers and employers published by Society of Occupational Medicine, and a recent consensus document on management of Long Covid. She addressed the WHO as a spokesperson for patient groups with post-Covid health issues (an opportunity created through LongCovidSOS's 'Message in a Bottle' campaign).
Here are some links to articles/work featuring Clare:
The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) – Urgent need for occupational health for people with Long COVID: https://www.som.org.uk/sites/som.org.uk/files/SOM_Long_COVID_press_release_28_June_21.pdfWe have heard your message about long covid and we will act, says WHO: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2020/09/03/we-have-heard-your-message-about-long-covid-and-we-will-act-says-who/Promises of Long Covid support have not materialised (a blog by Clare Rayner): https://www.pslhub.org/learn/coronavirus-covid19/273_blogs/promises-of-long-covid-support-have-not-materialised-a-blog-by-clare-rayner-r4499/
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