There is a wealth of research and evidence based around the
links between health and employability. Here you will find some of
the key documents in this area.
Works - The strategy recognises that with approximately 2.5
million people in Scotland in some form of employment, the
workplace can play a significant role in the health and wellbeing
of a large proportion of Scotland's population. It has a number of
actions to be taken forward by the Centre for Healthy Working
Health in Scotland 2009 - Time for
Change.pdf - This is the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Harry Burns,
annual report where he emphises the importance of recognising the
work status of patients.
Well Review - This evaluation focuses on the generic service
redesign for health inequalities learning from the full programme.
This is in addition to the 8 local evaluations carried out in each
test site. A communication plan is being finalised, which will
include promotion of these learning points and approaches via
routes such as presentations, conferences, email distribution, web
distribution, distinct and bespoke products to help others adopt
these approaches etc.
Is Work Good for your Health and
Wellbeing.pdf (Waddell, G, Burton K, 2006) collates and
evaluates the evidence on the question 'Is work good for your
health and well-being?' This forms part of the evidence base for
the Health, Work and Well-Being Strategy published in October
Working for a Healthier
Tomorrow.pdf (Dame Carol Black, March 2008) identified factors
that stand in the way of good health for the working age population
and interventions, including changes in attitudes, behaviours and
practices - as well as services - that can help overcome them.
Developing a Healthy Workforce - This guide gives information
on health impacts on the workforce.
Fair Society, Healthy Lives - the report of the Marmot review -
was published on 11 February. It was described as a "landmark
report" by Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Health at the
Marmot Review conference. The review stressed that tackling health
inequalities was a matter of social justice, with real economic
benefits and savings. It required action on the social gradient of
health - not just on the health of the most disadvantaged - across
the social determinants of health.
Employment status and health: understanding the health of the
economically inactive population in Scotland - this document
highlights that the health effects of unemployment could be induced
by socio-economic factors, such as financial strain and
Staff Briefing on Welfare Reform produced by NHS Fife
- Working for
wellbeing in employment. A toolkit for advisers
- Working Health Services Scotland - Salus Return to
Work Services - Annual Report