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Professor Stephen  Bevan

Mental Health & Work in the UK – a sobering view from the outside

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Professor Stephen Bevan

10 February 2014

Professor Stephen Bevan blogs about the launch of the OECD’s new report looking at the way the UK supports people in the labour market who are living with mental illness.

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Good Health? Yes Minister – whatever your portfolio

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Profesor Stephen Bevan

15 October 2013

It may sound trite, but the old saying that ‘every minister should be a Health Minister’ has never been more true than today.

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New remit for NICE offers hope for workers with chronic ill-health

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Steve Bevan

25 June 2013

The Work Foundation has been warning for a while that the burden of chronic ill-health in the working age population threatens both long-term competitiveness and productivity of the UK workforce. We have identified some of the policy barriers to dealing with this problem.

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Can tax breaks for employers improve the health and productivity of the workforce?

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Professor Stephen Bevan

20 March 2013

A review of the impact that tax relief to employers – up to a limit of £500 per head - who help employees back to work after a period of absence.

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Taking the strain: Measuring the impact of musculoskeletal disorders

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Stephen Bevan

12 December 2012

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.

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Is the Japanese Workforce ‘Fit for Work?’

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Stephen Bevan

21 November 2012

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.

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Beware Greeks bearing bricks

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Stephen Bevan

29 October 2012

A 500-page document known as El Ladrillo or ‘The Brick’ has a special and painful significance for many people in Chile. It was, in 1973, the basis for what became a twenty year economic experiment. Guided by the free-market philosophy of Milton Friedman and colleagues at the University of Chicago, the so-called ‘Chicago Boys’ in the post-coup government of General Pinochet used it to shape the deregulated and privatised future of Chile’s economy. Today, of course, it’s hard to imagine that a whole economy could be run as a live experiment. It was no less than an audacious large-scale test of a political and economic ideology.

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A workplace focus on World Mental Health Day

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Stephen Bevan

10 October 2012

On World Mental Health Day it seems appropriate to pause and to reflect both on what has been achieved in promoting better understanding of mental illness, and what is still to achieve. Today I spoke at an event with Health Minister Norman Lamb MP to draw attention to the issue of mental health at work and to highlight some of the excellent work which the Department of Health as an employer is doing to promote psychological wellbeing.

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Mental Illness at Work: Still mostly in the closet?

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Steve Bevan

15 June 2012




In 1998 Kjell Magne Bondevik, the then Prime Minister of Norway, took several weeks away from work to receive respite and treatment for depression. Back then his public admission of having a condition that we know 1 in 6 workers also have, was greeting with a mixed reaction.

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Chronic pain in Europe

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Stephen Bevan

01 June 2012

Earlier this week I spoke at the Societal Impact of Pain conference in Copenhagen, under the auspices of the Danish Presidency of the EU. This is a major event bringing together clinicians, patient organisations and researchers who are working on issues arising from the growing burden of chronic pain in Europe’s population.

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Fit for Work Down Under

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Stephen Bevan

14 May 2012

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

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Early access to physiotherapy is vital if we are to help people stay in work

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Stephen Bevan

07 October 2011

Since 2007 The Work Foundation has been conducting research into the impact of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) on work participation and productivity. This research has now extended beyond the UK to most EU member states, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and now Brazil.

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UN boffins need to consider worker’s health too

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Stephen Bevan

20 September 2011

In New York this week a very eminent group of clinicians, scientists, epidemiologists and politicians have been sitting down at a major UN conference on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). They are rightly concerned about the rapidly burden of cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), cancer, obesity, diabetes etc which affect more of us each year. And although the main focus is on the wider public health priorities, with people having to work longer and the workforce around the world getting older it is no longer enough to think of these, and other, conditions being confined to those who have already retired.

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Lord Sugar, Skivers and Office Chairs

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Stephen Bevan

18 July 2011

It is with tedious, metronomic regularity that reports about malingering British workers appear in our business pages. Another one has come out this morning. PwC has conducted a survey which claims that a third of workers admit to ‘skiving’ – having time off sick when they were not genuinely ill. Consultancy firms know that journalists love stories about the ‘workshy’, they also know that – in most cases – their press releases will be picked up uncritically. However I have two problems with this one.

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Mental health at Work – Still the elephant in the room?

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan Stephen Bevan

20 May 2011

This week there has been plenty of good quality coverage of the issue of mental health in the workplace. This is largely down to the excellent 'Taking care of business' campaign by the mental health charity Mind. On Tuesday I was invited to participate in a business summit, organised by Mind, hosted by AXA and addressed by Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform.

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