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Health Works: A Review of the Scottish Government's Healthy Working Lives Strategy



The review of the Healthy Working Lives strategy has been taken forward with the involvement of key stakeholders. A number of meetings were held with small groups of key, interested parties to define the nature and scope of the review. Two key strands of work were identified: communication and engagement with key target groups; and the client pathway through the range of services and support that helps move an individual towards work.

Workstreams were set up for each of the two areas of work and met to discuss the issues and identify further work. These were led by Iain McMillan, Director, CBI Scotland and Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary, STUC respectively, and included COSLA, Institute of Directors, Federation of Small Businesses, Scottish Enterprise, NHS Boards, RCGP, Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Association of Local Authority Medical Advisers, healthcare professionals, Jobcentre Plus, DWP, third sector, Scottish Government divisions and the research community.

The communication workstream identified action to promote the services of the Centre in terms that will relate better to the needs of employers, and SMEs in particular.

The client pathway workstream identified a more focussed approach to three areas: redesigning the client pathway; changing relevant working practices and cultures in a range of health and social care agencies; and information, evaluation and performance management.

The workstreams' conclusions were presented to a Health and Work Conference held on 9 June 2009, with further opportunity for the delegates to provide feedback on these. The reports from the workstreams will be published online separately from the updated Health Works.

The following pages discuss the findings of the review and the actions required to develop the Health Works strategy further.