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AFB Practice Roundtable: Employees Returning to Work after Long Term/ Mental Health Illness – How to Support Staff

This in-person roundtable will discuss how you can support staff returning to work after long term or mental health illness.

The discussion will be facilitated by Sophie Maclaren, from Saïd Business School, and hosted by Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB).

Sophie Maclaren will share relevant science research and discuss the challenges and opportunities for banks to consider when someone is returning to work from long term mental/physical health leave.

To enable a tailored discussion to take place, attendees are encouraged to send through any specific questions they have and areas they wish to explore. You can do so by emailing them to

AFB will circulate an agenda and series of questions to attendees in advance which will be used to aid discussions. The Chatham House Rule will apply to this event to encourage open dialogue and discussion.

Please note this roundtable is limited to 26 delegates and one person per member bank.

Who should attend?

This roundtable is designed for HR professionals.

What will members gain?

  • Key considerations your banks should take into account when dealing with a staff member returning to work from long-term leave
  • An insight into the challenges and opportunities of having a staff member return from extended leave
  • Guidance on how a bank can facilitate a smooth transition back to work, as well as comments on how colleagues can help support their peers. 


Sophie Maclaren, Fellow and Lecturer, Saïd Business School
Sophie specialises in workplace wellbeing, mindfulness, and leadership development through interactive workshops, facilitated programmes, and executive coaching. Her work draws on insights from neuroscience, psychology, and leadership studies, combined with evidence-based mindfulness practices for impactful behaviour change with measurable outcomes for individuals and organisations.

As well as designing mindfulness and leadership programmes at SBS, Sophie has worked with over 30 elite law-firms, banks, sports teams, universities, social enterprises, and professional service firms. She helps individuals and organisations identify and implement best practices for both high performance and high wellbeing to achieve their goals whilst living their best lives. She also directs two UK-based companies working on these topics.


Cost:        Included in AFB membership (no fee)
Location:  In-Person at SEB, One Carter Lane, London EC4V 5AN
Date:        Tuesday, 12 March 2024
Time:       16:00 – 17:30 (Arrivals and networking from 15:30).

If you would like to submit a question or have any specific issues or areas that you would like the session to address, please send them to the AFB at as soon as practicable. You will receive arrival details one week before the event.