Health at Work Policy Unit
The Health at Work Policy Unit (HWPU) provides evidence-based policy recommendations and commentary on contemporary issues around health, wellbeing and work. It draws on The Work Foundation’s substantial expertise in workforce health, its reputation in the health and wellbeing arena and its relationships with policy makers. The HWPU aims to provide an independent, authoritative and evidence- based voice capable of articulating the views of all stakeholders.
It does this through three main functions:
- The production of ‘white papers’ which draw on pre-existing literature and data and are informed by expert advice, in order to form innovative, insightful and practical policy recommendations
- Responding to and influencing political debate
- Acting as a repository for information, good practice and evidence-based solutions, and monitoring and publicising national, regional or local initiatives.
By thinking big, we hope to form new and innovative policy recommendations which can genuinely alter the attitudes and behaviour of policy makers, health professionals, employers and individuals towards workforce health.
The key areas of focus for the first year will be:
- Barriers to employers implementing health and wellbeing interventions at work
- Supporting employers to deal with the fluctuating nature of chronic conditions
- Making a difference at a local level (the role of Clinical Commissioning Groups and Health and Wellbeing Boards)
- Taking a proactive approach to an ageing workforce
The HWPU is supported by the British Safety Council, Bupa and Napp Pharmaceutical Group.
For more information, please contact Karen Steadman firstname.lastname@example.org