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Taking the strain: Measuring the impact of musculoskeletal disorders

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Earlier this year the Office of National Statistics (ONS) confirmed that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) remain the single most important cause of absence from work among UK workers. Looking at the human stories behind these statistics is very important and our new Fit for Work report, ‘Taking the strain: the impact of musculoskeletal disorders on work and home life‘, draws on a survey of 809 people living with MSDs in the UK. It finds them eager to work, but largely unsupported by public services.

Representing the government at the report’s launch was James Wolfe from the Department for Work and Pensions, alongside three members of the Fit for Work UK coalition: Phil Gray, from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; Clare Jacklin, from the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society; and Dr John Chisholm, from the Royal College of General Practitioners.

With contributions from an engaged and expert audience, we debated the problem of people with MSDs dropping out of the workforce prematurely, and considered what government could do to stem this loss. In these tough economic times and with restrained public spending, ensuring public services help keep people in work was felt to be common sense. Many agreed the NHS needed to be further incentivised to support return to work, for example by allowing NICE to consider work outcomes and incentivising commissioners to prioritise job retention and return to work through the new Commissioning Outcomes Framework.

Meanwhile, many in the audience regretted the delay in the government’s response to Dame Carol Black and David Frost’s Sickness Absence Review. There were hopes this would soon be addressed, and that a positive announcement on an Independent Assessment Service, as recommended by the review, would be forthcoming. The mood of stakeholders at the launch was one of determination, but also of frustration. There is now a huge body of evidence on cost-effective interventions that can help people with long-term conditions to retain their jobs and be productive at work. All that seems to be missing is the political will to coordinate action across government and to effect change. This is what the Fit for Work UK coalition will be tackling in the coming months, so watch this space!

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EVENT: Musculoskeletal disorders – The true extent of the societal burden

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Monday, 10 December 2012

The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD

Speakers include:

James Wolfe, Deputy Director for Health, Work and Wellbeing, Department for Work and Pensions
Phil Gray, Chief Executive, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Clare Jacklin, Director of External Affairs, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
Dr John Chisholm, RCGP Council Member and Health and Work Lead
Stephen Bevan, Director, Centre for Workforce Effectiveness, The Work Foundation

The context:

With the Government’s response to the Sickness Absence Review expected shortly, and debate on where employment features in the proposed Commissioning Outcomes Framework, this event will address the impact of musculoskeletal disorders and the implications for long-term health care and welfare spending.

Our new report includes new patient survey data and is part of a major study conducted by The Work Foundation across over 30 European countries. This report looks at the impact that MSDs have on the lives of UK workers, the adequacy of the treatment and support they receive, and the human and financial costs of these conditions.

Questions to be addressed:

What is the wider impact of MSDs on the households?

What are the implications of chronic disease for job quality, skills development and social mobility?

What can employers, policymakers and the NHS do to join up in tackling the devastating impact of MSDs in the UK?

This initiative is supported by a grant from the healthcare company Abbott

To book a place at this event, contact Alice Holland on 0207 976 3513 or and include your name, job title, organisation, email address and phone number.




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