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Health, Work and Unemployment. Dr Justin Varney– Public Health England (PHE). Places and People. Birth – 5yrs Early Years. Older Adults >65yrs. School Aged Children 5- - 18yrs. Young Adults to Established Adults 18 to 64yrs. Home and Family Spaces. Leisure & Social Spaces.

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health work and unemployment

Health, Work and Unemployment

Dr Justin Varney– Public Health England (PHE)


Places and People

Birth – 5yrs Early Years

Older Adults >65yrs

School Aged Children


Young Adults to Established Adults

18 to 64yrs

Home and Family Spaces

Leisure & Social Spaces

Early Years Settings

Education Settings

Workplace Settings

Healthcare Settings


“It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.”Benjamin Franklin, C.18“Being in good employment is protective of health. Conversely, unemployment contributes to poor health.”Marmot Review, 2010

the evidence base
The Evidence Base
  • Is work good for you health and well-being?, Waddell & Burton (2006)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation – What Works for Whom and When,Waddell, Burton and Kendall (2008)
  • Working for a Healthier Tomorrow, Dame Carol Black, (2008)
  • Fair Society, Healthy Lives, Michael Marmot (2010)
  • Various NICE Guidelines, including:
  • Promoting Mental wellbeing at Work (PH22)
  • Managing Long-Term Sickness and Incapacity for Work (PH19)
  • Workplace Interventions to Promote Smoking Cessation (PH5)
  • Promoting Physical Activity in the Workplace (PH13)
the workplace wellbeing charter national standards
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter - National Standards
  • Previously 30+ variations of the scheme across England
  • In 2013-14, PHE commissioned a set of National Standards
  • Launched in June 2014, these provide core content for existing Charter schemes and a common baseline to build from
  • National and local support to help the transition across
  • National website – – signposts to local schemes, provides free resources & helps create Charter community
  • The vision is of a mixed economy of providers with local authority led accountability, governance and assurance
the eight charter standards
The Eight Charter Standards
  • Leadership, Culture and Communication
  • Absence Management
  • Health and Safety
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol and Substance misuse
  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Smoking
link to the responsibility deal
Link to the Responsibility Deal
  • The Workplace Wellbeing Charter provides the road map to achieving the commitments made in the Responsibility Deal Pledges.
  • The Topic Guides (released Dec 14 and Mar 15) will drill down into specific areas for guidance, resources and promising practice examples for micro, small, medium and large business linked to specific RD pledges.
other key achievements
Other Key Achievements…
  • Internal – PHE challenge physical activity, trained 100+ workplace wellbeing champions, developed staff health and wellbeing strategy
  • Commissioned 4rapid reviews of evidence
  • Establishing an Academic Network for Health and Work
  • Manchester “Ageing Well in Work” project
  • Developing the PHE contribution on (i) ill-health and unemployment, and (ii) economic regeneration
  • SME digital toolkits
thank you

Thank You

Dr Justin Varney

National Lead for Adults and Older People's Health and Wellbeing

Sam Haskell

Healthy Adults Implementation Manager or 0207 654 8027

Ellen Bloomer

Healthy Adults Senior Policy Officer