Health and Work

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Workplace Drug Testing

This comprehensive text provides clear explanations of the effects of drugs on human performance and the need for workplace drug testing....more

A Review of Pre-employment Health Screening of NHS Staff

In the NHS, successful job applicants are routinely required to undergo pre-employment health screening (PEHS) before their post is confirmed, though there is poor agreement on why this is done or what it achieves. ...more

Improving Health and Work: Changing Lives - The Government's Response to Dame Carol Black's Review of the Health of Britain's Working-age Population: Cm. 7492

The costs of working-age ill health to Britain are large by any standards. Dame Carol Black estimated that the annual economic cost of ill-health ...more

Vocational Rehabilitation: What Works, for Whom, and When?: Gordon Waddell, A Kim Burton, Nicholas AS Kendall

The aim of this review was to provide an evidence base for policy development on vocational rehabilitation - defined as whatever helps someone with a health problem to stay at, return to and remain at work. The focus was on adults of working age, the common health problems that ...more

Working for a Healthier Tomorrow: Dame Carol Black's Review of the Health of Britain's Working Age Population

Around 175 million working days were lost to illness in 2006. Some seven per cent of the working population is workless and receiving benefits because of long-term health conditions or disabilities. This represents a significant cost to the economy in cost of benefits, healthcare, forgone taxes, lost ...more

Advising Patients About Work: An Evidence-based Approach for General Practitioners and Other Healthcare Professionals: Pack of 25 Leaflets

GPs are in a unique position to provide advice about work, which is an important part of clinical management. However, it can be a difficult part of the consultation, which may produce feelings of uncertainty and frustration, and leave both doctor ...more

Health and Work: Employee's Booklet - Pack of 10

Work is an important part of life. And research shows that work is good for physical and mental health. We now have good evidence that returning to work as soon as possible actually helps recovery. It is the best way to avoid long-term sickness. ...more

Work and Health: Changing How We Think About Common Health Problems: Leaflet

This leaflet challenges how you think about health at work and offers ideas on what you should and should not do based on new scientific evidence about what is good for workers themselves. ...more

Is Work Good for Your Health and Well-being?

Increasing employment and supporting people into work are key elements of the Government's public health and welfare reform agendas. This independent review, 'Is Work Good for Your Health and Well-being?', commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions, examines scientific evidence on the health benefits of work, focusing on adults of working age and the common health problems ...more

The Scientific and Conceptual Basis of Incapacity Benefits: Gordon Waddell and Mansel Aylward

The number of people on long-term incapacity benefits has more than trebled since 1979 despite gradual improvements in objective measures of health. Many IB recipients are not completely incapable of work and many want to work, so reform of the system is a matter of social justice as well as expenditure. ...more

Compensation for Chronic Pain

This report reviews the topic of compensation for chronic pain, in the light of the recommendations of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) task force on the management of pain-related disability, the subsequent policy debate and the resulting medical and legal challenges in Canada from 1987 to 2003. ...more

Concepts of Rehabilitation for the Management of Common Health Problems

There is now broad agreement on the importance of rehabilitation and the need for better occupational health and vocational rehabilitation services in the UK. The responses to the 2002 Green Paper 'Pathways to Work: Helping People into Employment (Cm. 5690)' (ISBN 9780101569026), were generally supportive across the political spectrum. ...more