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Key Facts about MSDs

Fit for Work

Launched in 2007, this research has demonstrated that improvements in early intervention, treatment and return to work practices could help people of working age with even severe musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) stay in work. It found that there were often real health benefits associated with staying in or returning to work, but that many employers, clinicians and sometimes employees felt that temporary or permanent withdrawal from employment was the only option.

The current aim of the project is to build on the research findings to stimulate debate, develop policy and practice in Europe and beyond and to ensure that the early diagnosis and treatment of workers with MSDs takes into account the positive health impact of high-quality employment on rehabilitation and in some cases recovery.

Watch the latest video featuring Professor Dame Carol Black launching our new 'Global Alliance' initiative at a meeting in Warsaw in February 2016 on the Fit for Work website

See all videos from the Annual Summit here

View the infographic ' The impact of musculoskeletal disorders' here

Related Reports

Fit for Work UK: My plan for life guide 2016
'My plan for life' is to help people with chronic conditions to think about what matters most to them and what they want from their care – including returning to work.

Fit for Work UK Coalition
18 May 2016

Multiple Sclerosis and Employment in Europe - literature review
A review of Multiple Sclerosis and Employment in Europe

Stephen Bevan and Karen Steadman
14 January 2016

Fit for Work UK: `My plan for life` guide
The aim of 'My plan for life' is to help people with chronic conditions to think about what matters most to them and what they want from your care – including returning to work.

Created by the Fit for Work Coalition with a dedicated grant from AbbVie
20 October 2015

Health and wellbeing at work: a survey of employees, 2014
A report of research carried out by NatCen Social Research with The Work Foundation commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions

Karen Steadman (The Work Foundation), Martin Wood (NatCen Social Research) and Hannah Silvester (NatCen Social Research)
14 August 2015

Musculoskeletal Disorders, Workforce Health and Productivity in the United States
This white paper summarizes what is known about musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the United States and their relationship to employment. We reviewed the major existing clinical, epidemiological and labour market evidence on the prevalence and impact of MSDs in the U.S. working-age population.

Kate Summers, Kimberly Jinnett and Stephen Bevan
30 June 2015

Self-management of chronic musculoskeletal disorders and employment

Kate Summers, Zofia Bajorek, Stephen Bevan
08 September 2014

Our submission to the Work and Pensions Select Committee on ESA and WSA
View Jenny Gulliford's submission to The Commons Committee for Work and Pensions on ESA and WSA.

Jenny Gulliford
03 April 2014

Life and employment opportunities of young people with chronic conditions
This report takes a look at the obstacles faced by young people with long-term, chronic or fluctuating conditions as they seek to make the transition from education and employment - and then to develop and thrive in the workplace.

Stephen Bevan, Ksenia Zheltoukhova, Kate Summers, Zofia Bajorek, Lisa O'Dea and Jenny Gulliford
13 November 2013

Reducing Temporary Work Absence Through Early Intervention: The case of MSDs in the EU
To coincide with the 5th Annual Summit of the Fit for Work Europe Coalition in Brussels in October 2013, we have put together some examples of early interventions from across the EU which have proven to be both clinically successful and economically sound. We also present some new data based on some scenarios which focus on the potential impact on sickness absence and productivity which would result if some of the good practice we showcase here were emulated across all EU member states.

Professor Stephen Bevan
17 October 2013

Taking the strain: The impact of musculoskeletal disorders on work and home life
This report outlines what healthcare professionals, employers and policymakers must do to keep individuals with MSDs in active employment.

Ksenia Zheltoukhova, Lisa O'Dea and Stephen Bevan
10 December 2012

Healthy Work: Evidence into Action
Drawing on expertise of The Work Foundation, this report shows how employers, government and health services can better support the health of UK workers.

Helen Vaughan-Jones and Leela Barham
29 June 2010

Fit for Work? Musculoskeletal Disorders in the European Workforce
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for 49% of workplace absences. This report is the culmination of a major study across 25 countries in the EU and beyond. It examines the causes of MSDs and assesses what can be done to reduce their devastating impact.

Stephen Bevan, Tatiana Quadrello, Robin McGee, Michelle Mahdon, Anna Vavrovsky, Leela Barham
30 September 2009

Fit for work?
The report argues that early intervention and an emphasis on keeping sufferers in work wherever possible are likely to boost national productivity and help reduce people claiming Incapacity Benefit

Stephen Bevan, Eleanor Passmore and Michelle Mahdon
01 September 2007

Related Events

Partner roundtable: Managing mental health and wellbeing in time of transformation and change
A small group of partners to come together and share insights, challenges and good practice about managing mental health in the workplace. To develop thoughts on the emergent themes around ‘leadership’, ‘line managers’ and mental health in periods of ‘transition and change’.

Tue, 09 December 2014
09:00 - 12:00

Partner Roundtable on Mental Health and Work: How to engage senior leaders in mental health
A roundtable event on Mental Health and Work, for a small group of partners to come together and share insights, challenges and good practice about managing mental health in the workplace.Event to develop thoughts on the emergent themes - these were around ‘leadership’, ‘line managers’ and mental health in periods of ‘transition and change’.

Tue, 10 June 2014
09:00 - 12:00

Parter Roundtable on Mental Health and Work: Line manager squeeze
A small group of partners to come together and share insights, challenges and good practice about managing mental health in the workplace. To develop thoughts on the emergent themes - around ‘leadership’, ‘line managers’ and mental health in periods of ‘transition and change’.

Wed, 03 September 2014
09:00 - 12:00

Fit for Work Annual Summit: Investing in healthcare, breaking down the silos
The 5th Fit for Work annual summit was held on the 16 of October and aimed to shift the political agenda and urge action towards investing in healthcare to drive economic growth. Key policy-makers and high-level experts came together to debate the theme 'Investing in Healthcare: Breaking down the Silos'.

Wed, 16 October 2013
14:30

Musculoskeletal disorders: The true extent of the societal burden
This event will address the impact of musculoskeletal disorders and the implications for long-term health care and welfare spending.

Mon, 10 December 2012
10:00 - 12:00

Related Blogs

The economic and social cost of ignoring MSDs
Musculoskeletal diseases (MSDs) are the leading cause of sickness absence in Europe, accounting for half of all absences and 60% of permanent work incapacity. In addition, MSDs can affect annual European GDP by up to 2%, representing around €240bn in costs... Read more...

Executive Director, Fit for Work
08 February 2016

Care planning and musculoskeletal conditions
People with long-term conditions spend far more time self-managing than they do in contact with healthcare services. In recognition of this, approaches that empower people to better manage their own health and wellbeing are well established in health policy:

Policy Manager, Arthritis Research UK
01 December 2014

Self-Managing MSDs at Work: The Power of the Personal Account (Part 2)
Today, I am going to discuss another pertinent finding which revolves around the relationship between individuals with MSDs and their line managers.

09 September 2014

Self-Managing MSDs at Work: The Power of the Personal Account
Work itself should be considered as a form of self-management. This is the central finding of the study that The Work Foundation and Fit for Work UK launched on Friday, titled “Self management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions and employment

08 September 2014

Mental health and sickness absence: A new industrial crisis?
Damian Walne, director of socio-economic centre at The Work Foundation writes about the impact of mental health on the labour market against the context of the ONS releasing its Labour Force Survey statistics on sickness in the labour market.

Damian Walne
28 February 2014

Mental health and sickness absence: Behind the stats
Karen Steadman takes a look at today's ONS statistics on sickness absence and digs beneath the surface to analyse any significant changes.

Karen Steadman
25 February 2014

Stigma and self-stigma is affecting the employment opportunities of young people with chronic conditions
Yesterday The Work Foundation launched a report looking at young people with chronic conditions’ experiences of education and employment. The ONS also released the latest labour market statistics yesterday, which reveal that unemployment levels among those aged 18-24 have increased. The statistics also show that people with a long term health condition or disability have an unemployment rate of 12.2% and an economic inactivity rate of 40.8% (compared to 7.4% and 15.8% respectively among people who were not long term disabled). The ONS statistics highlight the importance of developing a greater understanding of the potential barriers to employment faced by young people with chronic conditions.

14 November 2013

Simple Tasks campaign: Why early treatment is crucial for the one million people in the UK living with rheumatic conditions
The 5th Fit for Work Summit last week highlighted the need for clinicians, employers and government departments to coordinate action, so that people with Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are better supported to enter and remain in work. Early intervention and best practice were key discussion points on the day. Here, Chris Deighton, President of the British Society for Rheumatology, talks about the Simple Tasks campaign and how early treatment can greatly improve an individual’s ability to remain in employment.

Chris Deighton
24 October 2013

Fit for Work in Europe
The Fit for Work Coalition report, produced by The Work Foundation has found that Germany and UK have the worst sickness absence rates in Europe when it comes to muscular skeleton disorders (MSDs).

Cary L. Cooper, CBE, is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University in the UK and Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences.
21 October 2013

The Health and Work Service - health and work are just the start of it…
Karen Steadman, a researcher within the centre for workforce effectiveness, provides a review about an event she attended which was organised to inform the development of Department of Work and Pensions’ (DWP) proposed Health and Work Service (HWS).

Karen Steadman
17 October 2013

GPs’ motivation to refer their patients into Health and Work Service (HWS) may play a key role in its success
Dr Tyna Taskila, a senior researcher within the centre for workforce effectiveness, writes about Macmillan Cancer Support's workshop on the Health and Work Service (HWS) for chronic conditions.

Dr Tyna Taskila
16 October 2013

The importance of health and wellbeing in the workplace
Health, it is commonly said, is something you tend not fully to value until the day comes when you realise you have lost it. Sadly you could say the same of employers and their attitude to managing health in the workplace. As employers we tend to wait until someone is sick before we realise how inconvenient and costly it is. Why do we not value workforce health and wellbeing?

Richard Evans
15 October 2013

Good Health? Yes Minister – whatever your portfolio
It may sound trite, but the old saying that ‘every minister should be a Health Minister’ has never been more true than today.

Profesor Stephen Bevan
15 October 2013

Glimmers of hope on World Mental Health Day
Karen Steadman, a researcher within the centre for workforce effectiveness, writes on World Mental Health Day how despite the disappointing headline in The Sun, there are some positive signs around mental health conditions.

Karen Steadman
10 October 2013

Behind the mask of low sickness absence
Karen Steadman, a researcher within the centre for workforce effectiveness at The Work Foundation responds to the claim in today’s Metro that Brits are “less likely to pull a sickie than other European workers”.

Karen Steadman
03 September 2013

Fitting health care workers to patient needs – lessons from Australia
Karen Steadman looks at some of the recommendations from the Kings Fund on the NHS and Social Care workforce, and makes an international comparison.

Karen Steadman
25 July 2013

‘Creaming and parking’ and the problem of the Work Programme’s pay structure
With the release of The Work and Pensions Select Committee's report ‘Can the Work Programme work for all user groups?’, Jenny Gulliford further examines the problem of the Work Programme’s pay structure.

Jenny Gulliford
21 May 2013

Life after prison: reoffending, social exclusion and unemployment
With a proposal in the Queen's speech to reform the process and service delivery of rehabilitation for prisoners, Karen Steadman provides some insight into what the proposals will mean.

Karen Steadman
09 May 2013

Challenges faced by cancer patients returning to work
Helping someone with cancer to stay in employment saves time and money by avoiding the need to recruit their replacement, and boosts loyalty and morale. Providing this support is easier than businesses may think.

Laura Dillingham
03 May 2013

Reducing sickness absence – how does the government’s new service support those with long term conditions?
People with long term or chronic conditions aren’t forgotten when the service comes into practice in 2014. Jenny Gulliford, a researcher on the recently published ‘Returning to Work: Cancer and the Health and Work Assessment and Advisory Service’, outlines her recommendations for government.

Jenny Gulliford
11 April 2013

600,000 fewer people to receive benefits under DLA reforms rolled out today, but has the government got it right?
An impact review as a result of the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment.

Jenny Gulliford
08 April 2013

Is the government’s response to the sickness absence review good enough?
Dr John Chisholm comments on the government's response Sickness Absence Review by Dame Carol Black and David Frost (published in November 2011).

Dr John Chisholm CBE
23 January 2013

Taking the strain: Measuring the impact of musculoskeletal disorders
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) remain the single most important cause of absence from work among UK workers. With more support from public serices, this could all change.

Stephen Bevan
12 December 2012

Can you describe your symptoms? The blurred lines of mental and physical health
Last week’s expert roundtable ‘Acting on the double burden of chronic disease’ jointly organised by the Centre for Mental Health, the Kings Fund and The Work Foundation, investigated the relationship between mental health and physical long-term health issues, and their impact on employment.

Karen Steadman
29 November 2012

Welcoming the alterations to the Access to Work scheme
On Monday this week, Esther McVey, the Minister for Disabled People, announced a number of changes to the Access to Work scheme. These changes should be welcomed, as they help to relieve the cost burden of the scheme on small businesses.

Jenny Gulliford
21 November 2012

Is the Japanese Workforce ‘Fit for Work?’
The publication of our Fit for Work? reports in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year confirmed that the initiative now has a global ‘reach’. With Canada, Israel and Turkey the subject of previous reports (and Russia, Brazil and the USA in the pipeline) the Fit for Work? messages are really gathering momentum. And last Friday I had the honour to be in Tokyo to present the findings of our Fit for Work? research in Japan.

Stephen Bevan
21 November 2012

Leadership needed to avert looming crisis in EU workforce health
This week I have been chairing the 4th Annual Fit for Work Summit in Brussels. The Fit for Work programme is a 35-country study which has been examining the burden of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) on the health and productivity of working-age people across Europe, Australasia, North America and parts of Asia. Over 200 delegates from across the world spent two days hearing presentations from eminent clinicians, from patients, from policy-makers and from health economists. Their message was clear: MSDs in the workforce cost the EU over 240 billion Euros each year (up to 2% of GDP) and much more can be done to prevent the loss of productivity and the risk of social exclusion which they represent.

Stephen Bevan
19 October 2012

Why I got up close and personal
The demands of a charity director are high, particularly in the current climate where people have less to give to good causes. My role as Director of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) was my first in the charitable sector (I had 22 years in local government before this) and boy am I hooked already! I first developed a personal connection to NASS about 15 years ago when I was referred to them.

Debbie Cook
07 September 2012

We need to remove barriers to employment for young people with chronic and long-term health conditions
Figures released this week show that 1 in 6 young people are not in education, employment or training (NEET). What is less well known is that the chances of young people to enter employment may be further exacerbated by the early onset of chronic and long-term conditions.

Lisa O'Dea
24 August 2012

Thousands on ten thousand a day
One of the biggest public health challenges we face in the UK is that of physical exercise. Sedentary lifestyles mean that too many of us take little or no regular or strenuous physical exercise. As a result, rates of obesity, diabetes, cardio-vascular disease and depression are higher than they should be.

Stephen Bevan
24 May 2012

Fit for Work Down Under
The influence of Fit for Work research now extends far beyond Europe with our study of MSDs in Australia published on 13 May.

Stephen Bevan
14 May 2012

The Launch of Fit for Work Latvia
The Fit for Work project has launched today (28 March 2012) in Riga by Karlis Shadurskis, patron, and Member of European Parliament.

Ksenia Zheltoukhova
28 March 2012

Fit for Work travels to Japan
Since 2007 the Work Foundation’s Fit for Work initiative has examined the impact of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) on individuals, organisations and societies.

Ksenia Zheltoukhova
22 March 2012

How much is too much work?
We know that work is good for our health. However, with too much work, the productivity value may in fact decrease with each extra hour, as working overtime regularly leads to burnout.

Ksenia Zheltoukhova
24 February 2012

Depression – Why it pays to be fair in the workplace
On Blue Monday (16 January) The Work Foundation discussed the dread workers face on the most depressing day of the year. It was an interesting debate in which Mind’s Emma Mamo called for the cultural silence around mental health in the workplace to change.

Ksenia Zheltoukova
18 January 2012

Regional Pay – Can it work this time?
Tucked away in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement yesterday was an apparently uncontroversial commitment to review the case for Regional pay in the public sector.

Stephen Bevan
30 November 2011

Launching 'Fit for Work' in Estonia
On Friday I was proud to launch the latest Fit for Work report at the X annual Forum of Reumaliit patient group in Estonia. The Reumafoorum heard on the importance of early intervention in reducing the impact of MSDs from a variety of renowned speakers

Ksenia Zheltoukhova
07 November 2011

Investing in workforce health in tough times
How can we ensure that the NHS plays its part in helping people with long-term health conditions to stay in work? Are GPs – especially in their new commissioning role - properly equipped with the expertise they need to advise employers about workplace adjustments for employees with chronic illness? Is the government still thinking in ‘silos’ about workforce health as budgets tighten? Will the sickness absence review make decisive recommendations about keeping people in work rather than languishing on benefits?

Stephen Bevan
20 September 2011

Work Foundation Report on Poland Endorsed by Lech Walesa
The second half of 2011 sees Poland take on the Presidency of the EU and this week The Work Foundation launched a major report examining the economic, social and labour market consequences of musculoskeletal disorders in the Polish workforce...

Stephan Bevan
09 September 2011

Wanted: Modern employment support for disabled people
Amid last week’s fuss about the launch of the government’s Work Programme (a fuss ably contributed to by my colleague Dr Neil Lee!), the launch of the Sayce Review of employment support for disabled people on Thursday was almost overshadowed.

Stephen Bevan
14 June 2011

Living and working with Crohn’s & Colitis
Yesterday (19 May) I spoke at the Parliamentary launch of a new report looking at the employment experiences of people with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Conducted by Crohn’s and Colitis UK, the survey-based research looked at the long-term impact of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) on the career aspirations, opportunities and choices of the 240,000 people in the UK with this condition. I have been a member of the research Steering Group.

Stephen Bevan
20 May 2011

Related News

Lancaster University's Work Foundation research on rehabilitation and early intervention: the case of MSDs in Europe in Corporate Adviser (print)
Lancaster University's Work Foundation research on rehabilitation and early intervention: the case of MSDs in Europe in Corporate Adviser (print)

Corporate Adviser (print)
06 December 2014

Lancaster University's Work Foundation report with Fit for Work UK on self-management of MSDs and work featured in FM World (Web)
Lancaster University's Work Foundation report with Fit for Work UK on self-management of MSDs and work featured in FM World (Web)

FM World (Web)
25 November 2014

FM World cites Lancaster University's Work Foundation research with Fit for Work UK on self-management of MSDs and work
FM World cites Lancaster University's Work Foundation research with Fit for Work UK on self-management of MSDs and work

FM World
21 November 2014

Lancaster University, Work Foundation, research on self-management of MSDs and work cited in Occupational Safety and Health
Lancaster University, Work Foundation, research on self-management of MSDs and work cited in Occupational Safety and Health: publications section.

Occupational Safety and Health
16 November 2014

The role of line managers and HR: Supporting employees with MSDs- The Work Foundation and Fit for Work featured in Cover Magazine
The role of line managers and HR: Supporting employees with MSDs- The Work Foundation and Fit for Work featured in Cover Magazine

Cover Magazine (Web)
05 November 2014

Stephen Bevan discusses why employers should invest in the business of health:The Conversation UK (Web)
Stephen Bevan discusses why employers should invest in the business of health in The Conversation UK (Web):workforce health as a productivity issue

The Conversation UK (Web)
05 November 2014

Stephen Bevan writes for Safety Management Magazine on workplace wellbeing and productivity for those with MSDs
Stephen Bevan writes about the need to improve workplace wellbeing and conditions for those with mental illness and chronic conditions including MSDs and how to maximise performance and productivity.

Safety Management Magazine
05 November 2014

Occupational Health features research from Lancaster University's Work Foundation on self-management of MSDs
Occupational Health features research from Lancaster University's Work Foundation on self-management of MSDs- citing Kate Summers.

Occupational Health
03 November 2014

Joint report with Fit for Work UK on self-management of MSDs and work featured in Access magazine
Article featuring joint report on self-management of MSDs and work with Fit for Work UK and how employers can support those with the condition.

Access Magazine
15 October 2014

Stephen Bevan quoted in Occupational Health on the joint report with Fit for Work UK on self-management of MSDs and work
Article on the self-management of MSDs and work and the issue of stigma at work.

Occupational Health
13 October 2014

Stephen Bevan quoted in FM World on self-management of MSDs and work
The Work Foundation anf Fit for Work UK joint report on self-management of MSDs and work cited in article.

FM World
13 October 2014

Joint report with Fit for Work UK on self-management of MSDs featured in article by Cover Magazine
Article on firms failing with Musculoskeletal disorders. Joint report with Fit for Work UK on self-managing MSDs and work featured in COVER magazine

Cover Magazine
10 October 2014

Joint report with Fit for Work UK on self-management of MSDs cited in Synergy News
Article on how people with MSDs need more help, citing the joint report with Fit for Work UK on self-managing MSDs and work.

Synergy News
08 October 2014

The Work Foundation joint report with Fit for Work UK on self-managing MSDs and work in Health & Safety Matters
People with chronic MSDs compromising their health to keep their jobs- article featuring thr joint report with Fit for Work on self-management of MSDs at work.

Health & Safety Matters
24 September 2014

The Work Foundation cited in Frontline on self-management of chronic MSDs and work.
Article about self-managing MSDs and work citing joint TWF and Fit for Work project.

Frontline
21 September 2014

The Work Foundation featured in FM World on latest joint Fit for Work report on self-management of MSDs
Report featuring joint TWF and Fit for Work report on self-managing MSDs.

FM World (Web)
19 September 2014

Zofia Bajorek quoted in Teacher Support on teacher wellbeing and link to student outcomes
Web article discussing the link between teacher health and wellbeing and the impact on student outcomes.

Teacher Support (Web)
13 September 2014

The Work Foundation covered in SecEd on teacher wellbeing and student performance
Web article highlighting report from TWF on teacher wellbeing and student performance (written jointly with Fit for Work UK)

SecEd
13 September 2014

The Work Foundation's report with Fit for Work UK, 'Self-management of chronic musculoskeletal disorders and employment,’ covered in Office Insight
Web article summarising latest report on self-management of MSDs and employment by The Work Foundation and Fit for Work UK.

Office Insight (Web)
10 September 2014

The Work Foundation and Fit for Work UK featured in Cover Magazine on latest report: 'self-management of MSDs and employment'
Web article featuring joint report from Fit for Work and TWF on MSDs and employment self-management

Cover Magazine (Web)
09 September 2014

The Work Foundation and Fit for Work UK joint report on self-managing MSDs and employment featured in Workplace Savings & Benefits
Web article featuring TWF and Fit for Work UK joint report on self-management of MSDs and employment by Bajorek, Summers and Bevan.

Workplace Savings & Benefits (Web)
09 September 2014

Kate Summers quoted in Tomorrow’s Health & Safety on chronic MSDs and support in the workplace
Web article about how workers with chronic MSDs are staying in work and compromising their health, family and social life for the added benefits of employment. Employer knowledge, support mechanisms and working conditions discussed.

Tomorrow’s Health & Safety (Blog)
06 September 2014

The Work Foundation cited in The Chartered Society Of Physiotherapy (Web) on employee health and wellbeing with MSDs
Web article on employee health and wellbeing and those with MSDs.

The Chartered Society Of Physiotherapy (Web)
06 September 2014

The Work Foundation featured in The Chartered Society Of Physiotherapy: Fit for Work and MSDs
Web article on fit for work, rehabilitating employers back into work with chronic MSDs.

The Chartered Society Of Physiotherapy
06 September 2014

The Work Foundation quoted in South Wales Argus on mental health awareness at work
Article on getting employers and business leaders to collaborate to end stigma attached to mental illness and lack of knowledge or awareness.

South Wales Argus
17 April 2014

The Western Mail quotes The Work Foundation on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
Article on employer's attitudes and recommended actions when dealing with workers with mental health conditions in the workplace to improve wellbeing.

Western Mail
15 April 2014

Jenny Gulliford from The Work Foundation wrties for Employee Benefits about The Health and Work Service
The proposed Health and Work Service (HWS), a government initiative focused on supporting employees to return to work after a period of sickness absence, could make an important difference to UK employers.

Employee Benefits
09 April 2014

Musculoskeletal disorders and mental health major causes of sickness absence
Commenting on today's ONS report on sickness absence in the labour market, Karen Steadman said 'Today’s release from the ONS shows no overall change in levels of sickness absence (131 million days) on 2011, but reveals that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) (30.6 million days) and mental health (15.2 million days) continue to be the major causes.'

Angelo Evangelou
25 February 2014

HR magazine features Stephen Bevan's monthly article

Professor Stephen Bevan
18 November 2013

Fit For Work Russia
Professor Stephen Bevan talks about the Fit for Work Russia conference which took place in September this year.

08 October 2013

Work Programme failing people with long-term conditions
Professor Stephen Bevan comments on The Department for Work and Pensions' latest set of Work Programme official statistics ( 27 June).

Anna Kharbanda
27 June 2013

How do an individual's attitudes and work-life balance affect their productivity and engagement levels? (summary)
Watch Cary Cooper discuss wellbeing and high performance culture.

Professor Cary Cooper
17 April 2013

NHS incurring needlessly high sick pay costs as many staff with musculoskeletal disorders still lack support to remain working
Professor Stephen Bevan, Fit for Work Europe founding president and a director at The Work Foundation responds to a publication from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Tom Phillips
13 March 2013

Reaction to the Public Accounts Committee report on the Work Capability Assessment
Professor Stephen Bevan, director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at The Work Foundation and Chair of the Fit for Work Coalition comments on The Public Accounts Committee report on the Work Capability Assessment.

Anna Kharbanda
08 February 2013

Poor clinical & workplace support for musculoskeletal disorders leaving hundreds of thousands facing lost income, job insecurity & early retirement
A new report published today (10 December 2012) by The Work Foundation warns that a lack of positive practice to support people with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in work is leaving hundreds of thousands at risk of lost earnings, reduced productive working time and early retirement, with an accompanying strain on both household incomes and the UK welfare system.

Tom Phillips
10 December 2012

NICE recommendations for NHS Framework represent false economy by shifting long-term burden onto DWP
Commenting on the recommendations for the NHS Commissioning Outcomes Framework published today (2 August), Professor Stephen Bevan of The Work Foundation said:

Professor Stephen Bevan
02 August 2012