'Health, Work Wellbeing' is a cross-departmental government programme to improve the health and well-being of people of working age.
'Improving health and work: changing lives' was published on 25 November 2008, and is the Government’s response to Dame Carol Black’s review of the health of Britain’s working age population – Working for a Healthier Tomorrow.
The response takes forward the Government’s vision of creating a society where the positive links between work and health are recognised by all, where everyone can aspire to a healthy and fulfilling working life, and where health conditions and disabilities are not a bar to enjoying the benefits of work.
Health, work and well-being is a crucial part of delivering on the Government’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of the working age population and is a central element of the wider welfare reform agenda.
'Health Work Wellbeing is a cross departmental partnership between the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department of Health, the Health and Safety Executive, the Scottish Executive and the Welsh Assembly Government. The programme aims to help reduce health inequalities and social exclusion by demonstrating clearly that work helps people maintain and possibly improve their overall personal health and well-being.
The aim is to prevent people becoming injured or ill; keep them healthy in work and provide accessible support to enable them to remain in or return to work more quickly.
The programme aims:
A number of HSE’s initiatives contribute to the overall aims of the programme including:
On March 17th National Director for Health and Work, Dame Carol Black published 'Working for a healthier tomorrow', her review of the health of the working age population. The review was commissioned jointly by Department of Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and examines the impact that ill health has on government, the economy and society. HSE and the core Health, Work and Wellbeing departments worked closely with Dame Carol on the review, and we will be involved in the Government’s formal response on the recommendations it made.