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Call 020 7976 3575 or email


David Shoesmith
Business Development Manager

Health and Wellbeing

The Work Foundation has long advocated for improving working age health, not only as a benefit for the individual but to society, business productivity and the wider economy.

Loss of people from the labour market due to poor health has a considerable negative impact; presenting challenges for individuals and their families, for employers, for public services, and for government. The already high levels of exclusion for people with long-term health conditions will likely be exacerbated by the pressures of our aging society. We argue that this is largely preventable. By providing the right type of support, more people with chronic health conditions can be helped to remain in employment, return to work, and be happy and productive in their jobs. The nature of the work available is often crucial, and we strongly believe that creating more ‘good jobs’ - jobs which promote health, are fulfilling, and productive - is the foundation of a successful, inclusive and sustainable economy.

We are working on a range of projects and initiatives including:

  • European and global policy initiatives, such as the Fit For Work programme on musculoskeletal conditions
  • our Health at Work Policy Unit (HWPU) which has been influential within government departments including the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions
  • leading an influential consortium on comorbidities (those with multiple long-term conditions) and work
  • a range of evaluations including on the effectiveness of early healthcare interventions and teacher wellbeing and student outcomes.

Health at Work policy unit

The Health at Work Policy Unit provides evidence-based policy recommendations and commentary on contemporary issues around health, wellbeing and work. It aims to provide an independent, authoritative and evidence- based voice capable of articulating the views of all stakeholders.

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Fit for Work

The Fit for Work project has looked at the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in 27 EU countries and beyond. The Fit for Work Coalition joins people with long-term conditions, healthcare professionals, employers and policymakers to improve the health and wellbeing of employees.

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Ageing workforce

By providing a deeper understanding, through evidence-based analysis, The Work Foundation is leading debate on the issues surrounding our aging workforce; the retention of skills, knowledge and the ability to provide benefits of longer and fulfilling