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Health, work and well-being

The Government aims to improve the general health and well-being of the whole of our working age population. This will, in turn, reduce the number of people taking sick leave and claiming sickness benefits.

Working alongside employers, trades unions and healthcare professionals, we will:

The Health, Work and Well-being Strategy is a partnership between the Department of Health, Department for Work and Pensions, Health and Safety Executive, Welsh Assembly Government and Scottish Executive. We want the health and well-being of people of working age to be given the attention it deserves. This will ensure that more people are able to work, they are happy and healthy at work, and that those with health problems or disabilities can benefit from improved working opportunities.

As part of the Health, Work and Well-being Strategy the DWP and DH jointly commissioned Dame Carol Black, the National Director for Health and Work, to review the health of Britain’s working age population. The Review, 'Working for a healthier tomorrow', set out numerous recommendations for action, targeting a broad range of stakeholders including: healthcare professionals; employers; Government and individuals. 

'Improving health and work: changing lives'  the Government's Response to 'Working for a healthier tomorrow', was published on 25 November 2008.

The Response set out the Government’s commitment to improving the health of the working age population. It marks another milestone in the journey towards the vision of creating a society where the positive links between work and health are recognised by all, where everyone can aspire to a healthy and fulfilling working life, and where health conditions and disabilities are not a bar to enjoying the benefits of work.

More information on the Health, Work and Well-being Strategy, Dame Carol’s Review 'Working for a healthier tomorrow' and the Government’s Response 'Improving health and work: changing lives' can be found on the Working for Health website: