The Department for Work and Pensions has an active interest in keeping people working to reduce the economic and social impact of worklessness. In her role as Principal Associate Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies, Claire Tyers of Research Partners was involved in evaluating two major pilot projects which take forward recommendations from the 2008 Black review of the health of the working age population. Both these projects aimed to support employers in managing sickness absence and help individuals access early and appropriate support to help them stay at or return to work. The pilots were:
- Fit for Work, running across 11 sites, offering case management services and specifically targeting musculoskeletal disorders and common mental health problems as well as SMEs
- Occupational Health Advice Lines which offers telephone support from trained Occupational Health staff for employers and GPs in dealing with occupational health issues.
More details of the DWP’s extensive research output can be found at their website: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/