Published: 15th Feb 2011

I recently attended an NHS Northwest/Serco event to discuss partnership working in relation to the health services and the Work Programme. Everyone, it seems, accepts there is a logic that work (good work, that is) improves people’s health, and that good employment practice can prevent people developing health problems, especially mental health issues, which may lead to absence and worklessness. The director from Serco was keen to push the need for broad partnerships if we are to meet our goals and the needs of the population. I pointed out that that the partnership in that sense needs to be much bigger: we had only one side of the equation in the room.  All those in the room are focused on ensuring people are work ready or fit to work – but who creates the jobs? In the new world order we need to engage the local enterprise partnerships and those … (To read the full article, subscribe below)