Driving better outcomes for better value: launch of the Early Intervention Toolkit


European Parliament, Brussels

Tuesday 21st November 2017, 1:00pm-3:00pm


Confirmed Speakers

  • Mary Harney, Former Minister of Health for Ireland and Chair of the European Steering Group on Sustainable Healthcare
  • Marian Harkin MEP, Co-founder of the Interest Group Brain, Mind and Pain
  • Sylvain Giraud, Head of Unit B1 (Performance of National Health Systems), Directorate-General Health and Food Safety, European Commission
  • Antonio Cammarota, Team Leader – Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  • Dr Juan Jover, Head of Rheumatology, Hospital Clinico San Carlos, Complutense University, Madrid
  • Professor Anthony Woolf, Chair of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA)
  • Nicola Bedlington, Secretary General, European Patients’ Forum
  • Lesley Giles, Director, Work Foundation
  • Esteban Plata, President International, Western Europe and Canada, AbbVie

Supporting those with musculoskeletal conditions return to work, reducing sickness absences and generating eleven euro of return for every one invested, the pioneering Early Intervention Clinic is driving better outcomes for better value for patients, healthcare systems and society.

With a healthy and active workforce as one of the key pillars of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the effective management of chronic diseases central to improving the sustainability of healthcare systems across Europe, the launch of this patient-centric Toolkit comes at a crucial time.


The Early Intervention Toolkit

Our flagship project, based at the Hospital Clinico San Carlos in Madrid, is the Early Intervention Clinic (EIC). Designed to support people with musculoskeletal conditions back into work via early intervention, this pilot has successfully improved patient satisfaction and outcomes whilst generating eleven euro of return for every one invested. It is estimated that if we scale up and apply this project across Europe, 425,000 additional workers will be available to work each day across Europe.

In partnership with AbbVie, the Work Foundation, and its associated partners including Fit for Work Global Alliance and the Central and Eastern European Society of Technology Assessment in Health Care (CEESTAHC), the European Steering Group on Sustainable Healthcare (ESG) has co-developed a toolkit to support the wider rollout and scaling up of this trailblazing project.

At the launch event of this toolkit, key experts from across the European health, employment and social care landscape will gather together to share and exchange ideas and experience on the broader rollout of early intervention to achieve bigger health and economic outcomes in Europe.


To register your interest in attending this event, or for more information on the Toolkit, please contact jchandler@theworkfoundation.com. To find out more, see our recent blog post.


The Early Intervention Toolkit has been developed jointly by the Work Foundation and its partners, alongside AbbVie. AbbVie is the sponsor of this event.