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Report Launch: Supporting older workers with health conditions to remain active in the labour market

Report Launch: Supporting older workers with health conditions to remain active in the labour market

Wednesday, 22 July 2015
14:30 - 16:30
The Work Foundation


  • Alister Scott, Head of Health and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, BT Group
  • Christopher Brooks, Senior Policy Manager - Consumer and Communities, Age UK
  • Dr Simon Marlow, Analytical lead on Fuller Working Lives and Pensioner Benefits, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Dr Jan Hopkins, Ageing Well In Work European Project Manager, GMPHN (the Greater Manchester Public Health Network)
  • Dr Tyna Taskila, Senior Researcher, The Work Foundation
  • Chair: Professor Stephen Bevan, Director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness, The Work Foundation

At this event we launched the fourth paper from the Health at Work Policy Unit

The paper, Living Long, Working Well, explores how effectively policy is supporting older employees with health conditions to stay in work or to return to work, what the barriers are preventing them from remaining active in the labour market and what more policymakers and employers could do to better support older workers to stay in work for longer.

The paper also explores the kinds of support which individuals will need from employers, from doctors and other healthcare professionals, from the welfare and benefits system and from other agencies such as the Fit for Work Service, Access to Work, Occupational Health services and patient advocacy groups. It also assesses whether policymakers have scope to do more to create a system of incentives and support for the many employers who wish to do more but lack access to advice, resources or support.

The event was attended by a select group of policymakers, representatives of large and small employers, of employer bodies, charities and academics. It included a presentation on the findings of the report by Dr Tyna Taskila, followed by speeches from the panel, and plenary discussion.

The Health at Work Policy Unit is supported by Napp and Bupa.

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