Not an ME event, per se, but of interest, nevertheless:
Beyond Pathways to Work: Health, Work and Well-being
Wednesday 10 September 2008
Venue: The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE
Enjoyment of an optimal state of health is key to human wellbeing.
Economic, social and moral arguments are advanced which favour work as the most effective means to improve the wellbeing of citizens, their families and their communities. Worklessness, which includes but is broader than unemployment and economic inactivity, can be destructive to self respect, risks poor physical and mental health, and frustrates the achievement of wellbeing.
It is difficult to refute a moral obligation on society to do all at its disposal to support people of working age into a life of work; but what kind of work?
Evidence supports that beneficial effects of work outweigh the risks to health and wellbeing of unemployment and prolonged absence from work on health grounds?
What results are being achieved by Government’s Pathways to Work Programme?
Are the aims and objectives of the Government’s Health, Work and Well-being Strategy being realised?
What is being done to move people in receipt of long term incapacity benefits into work?
Is the Government’s aspiration for an 80% employment rate for the working population likely to succeed?
What progress has been made in engaging employers more fully in return-to-work and work-retention initiatives?
These and other related issues are the substance of this important conference which follows three earlier successful conferences on Pathways to Work held by the Royal Society of Medicine in London and Cardiff during the past four years.
Student Members: £25
RSM Trainee: £100
Retired Fellow: £100
Allied Health Professional: £115
Student Non-Member: £35
CPD: 5 credits
Registration and coffee
Dr John Scadding, Dean, The Royal Society of Medicine
Session one: early intervention
Chair: Professor Anthony Newman-Taylor CBE, National Hearth and Lung Institute, London
Pathways to Work: the story so far
Professor Mansel Aylward, Director Unum Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, Cardiff University
The Pathways to Work pilot studies
Dr Fiona Ford, University of Lancaster
Rollout of the Pathways to Work programme
Rebecca Sudworth, Head of Disability and Work Division, Department for Work and Pensions
Session two: long term incapacity and its consequences
Chair: Lord Archy Kirkwood, House of Lords
Wellbeing in work
Professor Ceri Phillips, Swansea University
Reducing dependency, increasing opportunity: options for the future of welfare to work
Mr David Freud, The Portland Trust
Session three: interventions and implementation
Chair: Professor Mark Gabbay, University of Liverpool
Effective action in primary care
Dr Debbie Cohen, Senior Research Follow for the Unum Centre for Psychological and Disability Research, Cardiff University
Engaging small businesses in attendance management
Professor Jeremy Dale, Dept of Primary Care, Warwick University
The Royal Mail delivers: by the first post
Dr Steve Boorman, Chief Medical Officer, Royal Mail
Session four: the national view
Chair: Dr Bill Gunnyeon, Chief Medical Adviser, Department for work and Pensions
Lord McKenzie of Luton, Minister for Work and Pensions
Health, Work and Well-being: the strategy unfolds
Professor Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health and Work
Close of meeting