What do we mean by ‘work as a health outcome’?

Karen Steadman, Health, Wellbeing and Work Lead

The quality of work is important. This is as true in terms of productivity and job satisfaction as it is in terms of health. There is a considerable body of research demonstrating how work contributes...

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Social prescribing; can it boost employment chances?

Cicely Dudley, Research and Policy Analyst

There is a growing recognition among UK policymakers that a person’s health is not simply determined by their medical status. Fulfilment of social, emotional and practical needs also play a role in...

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Health and Wellbeing of Carers

Carolyn Barkin, Director of Delivery at Simplyhealth

Currently in the UK, 3 million1 people combine caring for a loved one with paid work. That’s around one in nine workers in the UK with caring responsibilities; amongst employees 50 and over, it...

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How do we address the “large and enduring” disability employment gap?

Dr James Chandler, Research and Policy Analyst

The disability employment gap (DEG) is large and enduring. Depending on how you measure it, it ranges between 30 and 40 per cent (around 48% of disabled people are in employment compared to 80% of the...

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Complexities and Challenges: Working with multiple health conditions

Helen Sheldon, Researcher

Our Parliamentary launch of this report could hardly have been better timed to inform the Government’s consultation on its Green Paper on Work, Health and Disability.  Hosted by Lord McKenzie of...

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Why we champion Early Intervention for musculoskeletal conditions

Dr Cathy Garner FSS FRSA, Director of Partnerships

The impact of musculoskeletal conditions (MSKs) on people can be significant.  Conditions that affect mobility and dexterity prevent people from doing what they want and need to do.  Some MSKs are...

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Health, disability and work; adapting to change in 2017

Cicely Dudley, Research and Policy Analyst

As we begin 2017, change is the only constant seen across the political world. But whilst the news may be dominated by the Brexit process and a certain presidential transition, it doesn’t mean that...

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What can be done about obesity in the workplace?

Dr Zofia Bajorek, Lead Researcher in HR and Management

On Monday (5th December 2016), Dame Carol Black’s Independent Review into the impact on employment outcomes of drug or alcohol addiction, and obesity was released, with the aim to offer an...

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Mental Health First Aid at the Wellcome Trust

Natasha Gordon, Project Manager in People and Facilities at Wellcome Trust

Employers across the UK are failing to provide adequate support to employees or equip managers with the skills to help them, finds the Mental Health at Work report released this week. More than three...

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Talking numbers on health and work

Karen Steadman

The health of the working age population remains a significant and complex challenge. The Work Foundation are working with Public Health England to shine a light on the facts by taking a look at some...

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