Public Policy blog
The Commission for Healthier Working Lives: building a consensus on how to address the decline in working-age health
07 December 2023
IES, Learning and Work Institute and Royal Society for Public Health are collaborating as research partners on the Commission for Healthier Working Lives, supported by the Health Foundation, which aims to identify and address the reasons for the current decline in working-age health in the UK. This blog introduces the new collaboration, and sets out its plans and intentions.
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Tony Wilson, 25 July 2019
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Liz Hey & Rosie Gloster, 11 July 2019
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Emma Pollard, 30 May 2019
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Epilepsy and employment: poor awareness and misconceptions reveals a need for targeted support
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Stephen Bevan, 7 January
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