Health & Wellbeing

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Health & Wellbeing
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

A study of over 1000 unemployed adults by Tarani Chandola, Professor of Medical Sociology at The University of Manchester, compared health and stress levels of those remaining unemployed and different quality jobs. The study revealed evidence that runs contrary to the assumption that taking any job is better for a person’s health and wellbeing than being unemployed. The study found that:

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Disability employment gap, Mental health, Health & Wellbeing
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Report

The TUC has published a report, Mental Health and Employment, that estimates that only 1 in 4 (26.2%) people with a mental illness or phobia lasting for 12 months or more are in work.

The report contains new analysis of official employment statistics, which finds that while 4 in 5 (80.4%) non-disabled people are in work, people with mental illness, anxiety or depression have substantially lower employment rates:

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Sickness absence, Health & Wellbeing
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Report

IPPR has published a report addressing the high numbers of people leaving work as a result of acquiring a disability or long term health condition. The report, Working Well: a plan to reduce long term sickness absence, makes the case for a new 'Fit Pay' policy that would give employers the incentive to work with staff to keep them healthy and in work.

BASE has submitted a written response with a number of recommendations to the Improving Lives green paper. Our response was formulated following discussions with members.

The full document runs to 19 pages but we have summarised our main recommendations below:

The Prime MInister has announced a new partnership with employers to improve mental health support in the workplace. The initiative is part of a renewed emphasis on addressing the inequalities faced by people experiencing mental health problems.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Welfare reform, LEPs, Health & Wellbeing
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

Public Health England has published a briefing for local enterprise partnerships on health and work, worklessness and economic growth.

The briefing is for decision-makers in local enterprise partnerships (LEP) who are developing local economic strategies. It summarises the potential contribution of health with employment and economic growth, and proposes effective ways to tackle these issues. It focuses on people: in employment with health conditions; at risk of falling out of work and onto welfare benefits; or with health conditions not in employment who are receiving benefits.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Employment Support Allowance (ESA), Health & Wellbeing
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Research

DWP has published research which seeks to understand how people move from work to claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Main findings • Around one-fifth (19 per cent) of all claimants moved straight from work to claiming ESA without any period of sickness absence. A further 45 per cent did have a period of sickness absence prior to leaving work (36 per cent were paid and 9 per cent unpaid). The remainder, 36 per cent, were unemployed immediately before making their ESA claim.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Mental health, Access To Work, Equality & Diversity, Work Choice, Work Programme, Health & Wellbeing, Supported employment, Individual Placement & Support (IPS)
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Report

The document Closing the Gap: Priorities for Essential Change in Mental Health outlines 25 areas for health and care services to take action which will make a difference to the lives of people with mental health conditions. These changes will mean that the system is fairer for people with mental health problems. The document aims to encourage the NHS to take mental health as seriously and treat it as importantly as physical health.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Mental health, Work Choice, Work Programme, Health & Wellbeing, Individual Placement & Support (IPS)
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Research

The Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health jointly commissioned RAND Europe to investigate these issues by reviewing existing evidence, consulting stakeholders and conducting an economic analysis. The project addressed the following central question: What is the best approach to improve employment outcomes for people with common mental health problems (both diagnosed and undiagnosed)?

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Health & Wellbeing, Mental health
Year of Publication: 
2013
Type: 
Guidance

This resource is written for managers – particularly those in small and medium-sized organisations. It offers practical advice on managing and supporting people who are experiencing stress, distress and mental health problems.

The aim is to directly address the fear, ignorance and stigma around engaging with the individual. The key message is the importance of talking openly and with trust.

The resource suggests practical steps that managers and employees can take together to:

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