FOM / SOM Response to Improving Lives: the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

This is the response: 2017 02 26 SOM and FOM to the Government’s green paper: Improving Lives: the Work, Health and Disability.

 

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Executive summary

“We recommend the government develop, with employers, a specifically supported apprenticeship programme for disabled people with mentoring and the flexibility to work part-time – with access to OH support for the employer and the individual. We believe there is the need for social marketing analysis and intervention to establish the key messages for long-term unemployed disabled people to understand the health and social value of work. The strong positive message about the beneficial impact of good appropriate work for those with disabilities and

“We believe there is the need for social marketing analysis and intervention to establish the key messages for long-term unemployed disabled people to understand the health and social value of work. The strong positive message about the beneficial impact of good appropriate work for those with disabilities and long-term health conditions should be promulgated, to the public and employers, through a wide public information campaign and embedded into the training of all health and social care professionals, including the organisational benefits they bring.

“Similarly, work needs to be undertaken to make the case for employers to support and retain staff with health conditions. We note that NICE guidance NG13 states ‘More research is needed on the effective contribution of OH, human resources and health and safety to supporting line managers in promoting workplace health and wellbeing’. We support the assertion that research needs to be undertaken to make the case to employers. We reiterate the offer we have made to NICE to build up the evidence base on the impact OH has on workplace wellbeing.”

Lucy is a specialist occupational health nurse practitioner, who completed the M.Med.Sci. (OH) at Birmingham in 1996. She is an independent practitioner, with her own business. Special interests are: arthritis and autoimmune disorders, autism & neurodiversity, upper limb disorders.