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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Worklessness and Health Inequalities: Research, policy and practice perspectives

25th June 2015, 10:00 to 15:00, Joachim Room, Hild Bede College, Durham University

This is the second event in the ESRC Seminar Series Revitalising the Health Equity Agenda (ESRC ES/M003027/1), which has the overarching aim of revitalising policy, practice, and academic work on inequalities in health. The series is a project of the Special Interest Group on Health Equity in a Glocal World, Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Durham University.

Worklessness is an important determinant of health and health inequalities. Equally, people with a long-term health condition or disability are twice as likely to be out of employment as those with good health. Being out of work due to ill health often results in engagement with the welfare system. The reform of incapacity-related benefits has been a high priority under successive UK governments.

This workshop will bring public health and social policy academics, policy makers, and health professionals together to think about worklessness and health inequalities from a public health perspective. The day will consist of presentations and roundtable discussions with an overall aim of supporting the development of national and local strategy around this issue. 


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10:00 - 10:30 Registration and Coffee
10:30 - 11:00

Introduction to the Workshop

Worklessness and Health Inequalities: Overview

Dr Anne-Marie Connolly, Public Health England

Professor Clare Bambra, Durham University

11:00 - 11:30 Understanding Health and Work Capability: International perspectives Dr Ben Baumberg, University of Kent
11:30 - 12:00 Worklessness and health inequalities: Developing national and regional public health policy

Bola Akinwale

Public Health England

12:00 - 12:30 Tackling worklessness: examples of best practice from Greater Manchester

Ged Devereux

Greater Manchester PHE

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch and Networking
13:30 - 14:30 Workshop: Developing the evidence-base for policy and practice (e.g. supporting PHE strategy) Facilitated round table group discussions
14:30 - 15:00 Feedback from groups Facilitators
15:00 Close

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