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Victoria Shreeve
Research & Policy Officer

Connecting health and employment at a local level:  Launch of Health at Work Policy Unit Paper

Connecting health and employment at a local level: Launch of Health at Work Policy Unit Paper

Tuesday, 21 April 2015
15:00 - 17:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD


  • David Frost CBE, Stoke-On-Trent & Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership
  • Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College Cambridge
    Councillor Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Borough Council
  • Victoria Shreeve, Research and Policy Officer, The Work Foundation
  • Chris Shaw, Head of Health Improvement Sheffield City Council, member of Core Cities Health and Employment Group
  • Chair:
    Professor Stephen Bevan, Director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness, The Work Foundation

This research explores the role of local government and other stakeholders in supporting better employment outcomes for people with health conditions, and improving the health of the working age population more generally.

At a national level, policy makers are increasingly acknowledging the threat which poor health of the working age population poses to both the economy and to society. At the same time, the restructure of the NHS, the integration of health and social care and the focus on local economic growth, offer the potential to do far more to address health and employment at a local level.
Yet, the reality of local planning and delivery is complex and involves a wide range of stakeholders,  from Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups, to charities and employers, making the coordination of effective action a difficult task.
It is therefore important to build up a greater understanding of how support for working age individuals is being delivered, and how stakeholder efforts can be joined up.

The roundtable event included a panel of experts in this field offering both a national and local perspective and was attended by a select group of representatives from local and central government, employer bodies and interest groups, who discussed the challenges faced in joining up and coordinating local action which aims to support the health and wellbeing of the working age population.

Read the full report and executive summary (pdf)

Read the press release

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