Asking the Work Question
The relationships between work or unemployment and health have been well documented. Unemployment is associated with a higher risk of premature death and increased mental health problems. Job insecurity is also damaging to health, and has been linked to higher rates of hospital admissions, increases in heart disease and deterioration in mental health. In addition to these quantified relationships between unemployment and health, the presence or absence of employment has a range of consequences for people’s lives, materially, socially and psychologically.
The information contained here is intended to be used to
- Enable and encourage discussions about work between health professionals and patients.
- Enable onward signposting of patients to support and services which may be able to assist them in remaining in, or returning to, work.
- Enable health professionals to be better informed to answer any work related questions asked by patients or to signpost them to where the answer can be found.
- Encourage professional development in the area of health and work.
- Ensure health professionals have up to date information around the health and work agenda, locally and nationally.
- Z-Card healthWorks – for free supplies please contact the resources service on 01224 558 504
- Quick Guide healthWorks
- Prompt Sheet healthWorks
- An Independent Review into the impact on employment outcomes of drug or alcohol addiction, and obesity
Dame Carol Black, Presented to Parliament, December 2016
Key Local Reports
Information and Support for Health Professionals
- Healthy Working Lives
- Fit for Work Scotland
- Employability in Scotland
- Community of Practice: Good Work, Good Health
- Healthy Working UK
- Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
- Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
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