Strategy aims to get people back to work

The next phase of Securing Health Together, the national occupational health
strategy, which was launched in July last year, was the theme of a talk by
Elizabeth Gyngell, head of health strategy, management and research at the
Health Directorate.

The focus of her speech was on taking forward the strategy, particularly
with regard to job retention and rehabilitation.

A culture change is needed among organisations to improve the chances to
getting people back to work, she said, also noting that GPs don’t have making
people fit for work in the forefront of their minds.

Gyngell set out what she sees as the criteria for success of a
rehabilitation policy as being a culture where employers, employees and other
stakeholders see the advantages of rehabilitation and are willing to spend the
necessary effort to achieve it and to trust the process by which it is

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