Produced by the UK cross-government Health, Work and Well-being Programme, March 2008, TSO -The Stationery Office
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“……..The subject of this Review is the health of people of working age, individuals whose health has consequences often far beyond themselves
– touching their families and children, workplaces and wider communities. The economic costs of ill-health and its impact on work are measurable and set out for the first time in this Review; but the human costs are often hidden and privately borne.
For most people, their work is a key determinant of self-worth, family esteem, identity and standing within the community, besides, of course, material progress and a means of social participation and fulfilment. A myriad of factors influence health and well-being, though many are familiar only to those who experience them. Individuals also bear their aspirations, burdens, skills and vulnerabilities to work. So, in turn, the working environment itself can be a major influence on their well-being.
At the heart of this Review is a recognition of, and a concern to remedy, the human, social and economic costs of impaired health and well-being in relation to working life in Britain. The aim of the Review is not to offer a utopian solution for improved health in working life. Rather it is to identify the factors that stand in the way of good health and to elicit interventions, including changes in attitudes, behaviours and practices – as well as services – that can help overcome them.
To date, occupational health has been largely restricted to helping those in employment. But supporting working age health today requires us to reach much further. It remains critically important to improve health at work and to enable workers with health problems to stay at work, but occupational health must also become concerned with helping people who have not yet found work, or have become workless, to enter or return to work….” Carol Black
Key challenges and recommendations
2 The health of the working age population
3 The role of the workplace in health and well-being
4 Changing perceptions of fitness for work
5 Developing a new model for early intervention
6 Helping workless people
7 Developing professional expertise for working age health
8 The next generation
9 Taking the agenda forward
Appendix – Glossary