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WHU Consultation – Health is everyone’s business, proposals to reduce ill-health related job loss

WHU Consultation – Health is everyone’s business, proposals to reduce ill-health related job loss

Council for Work and Health members have actively contributed to the extensive research and debate resulting in this welcomed consultation initiative.  It is disappointing that many UK workers, particularly in small businesses, but even in large employers such as the NHS, have inconsistent access to good quality occupational health support when ill.  This exercise seeks to test ideas to enable more workers to get support when needed and hence reduce the numbers that face being unable to work due to resolvable issues. Council members will actively respond to this consultation and we urge as many as possible to contribute to this vital debate and support opportunity for change.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/health-is-everyones-business-proposals-to-reduce-ill-health-related-job-loss

Consultation link:

https://getinvolved.dwp.gov.uk/work-and-health/consultation/

 

No Time To Lose (IOSH Campaign)

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Did you know that worldwide at least 38,000 people die every year from mesothelioma, a fatal asbestos-related cancer?

These deaths cause so much heartbreak and suffering. They leave huge holes in families; ones that can never be filled. Asbestos fibres are invisible to the naked eye, therefore it is so important for people to know where asbestos can be found, so these deaths can be prevented.

Taking place tomorrow, (05 July), Action Mesothelioma Day, brings together patients, carers, families and local dignitaries in Britain for services of remembrance and hope, commemorating the thousands of lives lost to mesothelioma. The day is organised by No Time to Lose (NTTL) supporter Mesothelioma UK.

To mark this important day, we will be attending the service at Leicester Cathedral to support Mesothelioma UK and to exhibit our new co-branded pocket cards. We are also joining forces with the international Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization by sharing resources through its Know Asbestos campaign website.

You can get involved in Action Mesothelioma Day too by:

  • downloading and distributing our free resources, to raise awareness of the risks.
  • signing-up to our pledge (if you haven’t already), to capture the key actions your organisation does, or plans to do, to manage carcinogenic exposures at work. Once your pledge has been approved, we will send you an IOSH certificate demonstrating your commitment.
  • supporting NTTL by communicating the campaign through your communications channels
  • following @_NTTL on Twitter and retweeting our tweets to help spread the word.

Many thanks for your continued support. Together we can beat occupational cancer.

Injustices faced by disabled people to be tackled head-on through a new package of measures ordered by the Prime Minister

Injustices faced by disabled people to be tackled head-on through a new package of measures ordered by the Prime Minister.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-launches-new-drive-to-tackle-barriers-faced-by-disabled-people

As part of her legacy as Prime Minister, Theresa May launched a package of cross departmental measures to “change the landscape for disabled people and to make sure there is always a level playing field for them”.  There are a range of proposals intended to “support disabled people in all phases of their life so that the pursuit of equality is a shared goal.”  These include higher accessibility standards for new housing, an overhaul of statutory sick pay, and greater workplace support to help ensure disabled people can fully participate in society.

Although the whole package of measures is important for the members of the Council for Work and Health, one of the most direct concerns “New employee rights to request workplace modifications on health grounds”.  We expect the detail of this to link to our resources on Workplace Modifications.  Dr Steve Boorman, Chair of the Council welcomed the announcement saying “Council Members have actively contributed to the “Improving Lives” agenda across all of its programmes. We look forward to supporting the opportunities, trailed in this announcement, to help support individuals in accessing good work and the health benefits this creates”.

 

 

Work Modifications wins an award!

Work Modifications wins an award

The Council for Work and Health is delighted that the Talking Work project has won the Vocational Rehabilitation  Association’s (VRA) Innovation, Research and Education Award for 2019.   The lead researcher Dr Devdeep Ahuja received the award during the VRA symposium on 1st May 2019 at Birmingham.

In supporting the nomination, Richard Cienciala, Deputy Director, DWP/DHSC Work and Health Unit praised the collaborative approach taken by the Council and commented that the “Talking Work” checklist “should be an invaluable tool to support doctors in their work-related conversations and in advising on reasonable adjustments.”

 

https://vrassociationuk.com/vra-awards-2019-winners-gallery/

 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS! Talking Work

Talking Work – the Council for Work and Health’s online resource for GPs to help them complete Fit Notes is the subject of a newly published (paid) news story on GP online – the everyday resource for general practitioners and the website for GP magazine. Talking Work was developed with funding from the government’s Work and Health Unit as part of their 2017 Command Paper strategy to enable one million additional people with disability or long term illness to return to or remain in work.

To view the article click link