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The impact of long term conditions on employment and the wider UK economy

The impact of long term conditions on employment and the wider UK economy

Zofia Bajorek, Anthony Hind & Stephen Bevan
11 February 2016

This report looks at the economic implications of six long term conditions (psoriasis, diabetic macular oedema, asthma, schizophrenia, heart failure and multiple sclerosis) in the UK, focusing specifically on the effects on employment for those of working age. It presents data on the direct and indirect costs to the UK society and, where the data exists, projects the likely impact the condition will have in the future.

The recommendations include:

  • Government should examine the use of tax incentives, national rebates or tiered VAT charges for employers who implement policies to support employees with long-term conditions.
  • The NHS to prioritise the early diagnosis of long -term conditions and commit to providing patients with earlier access to new, innovative treatments and medicines.
  • More specialist employment support programmes should be commissioned for people with long-term and mental health conditions.
  • Clinicians should have a greater focus on patients’ aspirations to stay in or access work while managing their condition.
  • All employers should make reasonable adjustments to support employees with long-term and fluctuating conditions.
  • Workplaces should provide an open and supportive environment so individuals feel comfortable about disclosing their condition and seeking support.


Please click the long term condition below, featured in the report for detailed infographics.

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