Reviewing the work and health research landscape

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What is the issue?

Good work is important for physical and mental health and wellbeing. Many workers in the UK suffer poor health because of their jobs, most commonly mental health or musculoskeletal conditions. Additionally, unemployment can also have harmful effects on an individual’s health.

Research in this area is critical to help find solutions to these widespread issues. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a study on the landscape of funding for research on health and employment in the UK.

How are we helping?

The study will assist the Work and Health Unit (a joint unit between DHSC and the Department for Work and Pensions) in formulating future research strategies. It will also help inform policymakers of the current and future work and health research priorities.

It will provide an overview of the research funded by UK funding bodies since 2015, including details on the involved research institutions and funders, topics addressed, types and methods of research, and policy relevance. A second strand of the research will help to assist the Work and Health Unity (WHU) in formulating a future research strategy.