Dame Carol Black has been named as the national director for health and work.
In the newly-created role she will spearhead initiatives promoting and improving health in the workplace, ensuring that people with health conditions and disabilities are supported to enter, return to and continue in work.
The government appointed post is part of the Health, Work and Well-being Strategy – launched last year by the Department of Health, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Health and Safety Executive. Its main aims are to improve working lives and healthcare for working age people.
Department for Work and Pensions minister Lord Hunt said: “The Health, Work and Well-being Strategy is a crucial part of delivering on the government’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of the working age population.
“Dame Black will play a significant role in ensuring delivery of the workplace health commitments outlined both in the strategy and in the Choosing Health White Paper.”
Black has a long medical career behind her, including consultant posts at several hospitals and membership of several professional associations.