RSM: Beyond Pathways to Work: Health, Work and Well-being

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.

Registration Details:
Fellow: £135
Associate: £100
Student Members: £25
RSM Trainee: £100
Retired Fellow: £100
Non-Fellow: £245
Allied Health Professional: £115
Trainee: £115
Student Non-Member: £35
CPD: 5 credits
9.00 am
Registration and coffee

9.30 am
Welcome address

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

9.35 am
Pathways to Work: the story so far

Professor Mansel Aylward, Director Unum Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, Cardiff University

10.00 am

10.10 am
The Pathways to Work pilot studies

Dr Fiona Ford, University of Lancaster

10.35 am

10.45 am
Rollout of the Pathways to Work programme

Rebecca Sudworth, Head of Disability and Work Division, Department for Work and Pensions

11.10 am

11.20 am

Session two: long term incapacity and its consequences
Chair: Lord Archy Kirkwood, House of Lords

11.45 am
Wellbeing in work

Professor Ceri Phillips, Swansea University

12.10 pm

12.20 pm
Reducing dependency, increasing opportunity: options for the future of welfare to work

Mr David Freud, The Portland Trust

12.45 pm

12.55 pm

Session three: interventions and implementation
Chair: Professor Mark Gabbay, University of Liverpool

1.55 pm
Effective action in primary care

Dr Debbie Cohen, Senior Research Follow for the Unum Centre for Psychological and Disability Research, Cardiff University

2.20 pm

2.30 pm
Engaging small businesses in attendance management

Professor Jeremy Dale, Dept of Primary Care, Warwick University

2.55 pm

3.05 pm

3.25 pm
The Royal Mail delivers: by the first post

Dr Steve Boorman, Chief Medical Officer, Royal Mail

3.50 pm

Session four: the national view
Chair: Dr Bill Gunnyeon, Chief Medical Adviser, Department for work and Pensions

4.00 pm
Governmental policy

Lord McKenzie of Luton, Minister for Work and Pensions

4.25 pm

4.35 pm
Health, Work and Well-being: the strategy unfolds

Professor Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health and Work

5.00 pm

5.10 pm
Close of meeting


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