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Recent NICE proposals must do more to support workers with long-term health conditions

Last week (1 February) NICE published a consultation on potential new indicators for the Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (CCGOIS), which will replace the Clinical Outcomes Framework (COF) in 2014.

Responding, Professor Stephen Bevan of The Work Foundation and the campaigning coalition, Fit For Work UK, said:

“It is disappointing that Clinical Commissioning Groups will not be incentivised to commission services that prioritise work outcomes of individuals with long-term conditions, despite the fact that work is included in most other health service indicators.  A patients’ ability to work is important for their quality of life, including independent living; supporting more people back into work has obvious benefits for the economy and society.

“This is especially critical in the case of the thousands of UK workers who have musculoskeletal health problems. For example, within three years of diagnosis, half of people with rheumatoid arthritis are registered as work disabled*, with musculoskeletal diseases costing the UK at least £7 billion a year and causing at least 10 million lost working days each year. Considering work when commissioning health services is one of the steps to reduce this economic burden of disability and productivity. “

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Note to editors

1. Professor Stephen Bevan and senior researcher, Ksenia Zheltoukhova are available for interviews, briefings and written comment.
2. Fit for Work UK is a campaigning coalition established in 2011 with the aim to shift the treatment and care of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) from being disabling conditions to manageable conditions.
3. The Work Foundation aims to be the leading independent, international authority on work and its future. The Work Foundation is part of Lancaster University – an alliance that enables both organisations to further enhance their impact.
4. Fit for Work Europe is a unique multi-stakeholder coalition that strives to better align the work and health agendas in the EU and to shift the perception of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) from being disabling conditions to manageable conditions, ensuring that more European citizens stay or return to work, while helping to improve the sustainability of Europe’s health and welfare systems. Fit for Work is a partnership of organisations and individuals, and enjoys the patronage of The Work Foundation, the UN’s Bone and Joint Decade, the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and RAND Europe. The Fit for Work Europe Coalition is supported by an ongoing grant from Abbott – a founding partner – and a supporting grant from GE Healthcare.

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Tom Phillips 020 7976 3554
tphillips@theworkfoundation.com

Anna Kharbanda 020 7976 3646
akharbanda@theworkfoundation.com

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