28 July 2023

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has opened the new consultation ‘Occupational Health: Working Better’, on 20 July 2023. This consultation seeks views on proposals aimed at increasing employer use of occupational health (OH) services.

Tackling economic inactivity due to long-term sickness is a top priority for the government. The government intends to obtain views on establishing an agreement and partnership between government, employers and OH providers, to help drive an ambitious increase in OH coverage, specifically in relation to:

  • the introduction of a national ‘health at work’ standard to help provide a baseline for quality OH provision including guidance, the option of pursuing accreditation and additional government-funded support services as well as employer best practice sharing
  • best practice from other countries and other UK-based employer models that enable employers to provide support for their employees
  • developing work and health workforce capacity through new service models, building the skills mix and diversity of the current workforce and partnering with the private sector to develop a long term sustainable multidisciplinary OH workforce.

Views are welcomed particularly from:

  • employers
  • healthcare professionals
  • non-healthcare professionals
  • OH providers.

On the other hand, the ‘Tax Incentives for Occupational Health’ consultation, is aimed at employers and exploring the role of tax incentives in boosting OH provision by employers. However, together these consultations will inform the government’s approach to supporting OH provision.

You can provide your input to the consultation directly by completing the response form. Alternatively, your response can be emailed to [email protected]. This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 12 October 2023.

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