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£1.5 Million investment to improve in-work health services as part of government drive to tackle inactivity

By Libby Morley, iOH Vice-President

Published 15 April 2024

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On April 14th, 2024, The Department of Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care announced that “reforms to occupational health services will be shaped through a £1.5m innovation fund, as the government continues its drive to tackle in work sickness and boost economic activity using new technology and artificial intelligence”.

In brief

Five projects will receive a share of this funding to develop new and innovative ways to improve occupational health services which will eventually be scaled-up and made available to small businesses to help them support their employees to stay in work.

Funds have been used to support “Mediwork”, a new service created by Kinseed Ltd, which is developing a “revolutionary cloud-based occupational health platform aimed at offering employers’ powerful new tools to help maintain and improve employee health and wellbeing”.

In February, the government launched a new Occupational Health Taskforce, led by Dame Carol Black, to improve employer awareness of the benefits of Occupational Health in the workplace. The Taskforce is developing an occupational health framework to help businesses prevent sickness-related job loss and support employees returning to work after illness. The voluntary framework is expected to be published this summer.

For further information please visit

£1.5 Million investment to improve in-work health services as part of government drive to tackle inactivity – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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