Volunteers needed for national research into work, health and disability

C4CC partner, The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is seeking volunteers to assist in a national research project around recording employment status as a health outcome.

The RCP is particularly keen to interview people with disabilities and with long-term conditions that affect their ability to work, including mental health and musculo-skeletal problems.

The project is referencing The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper in October 2016 and the command paper Improving Lives: The Future of Work, Health and Disability in November 2017.

These papers stated that if healthcare professionals were supported to capture details about their patient’s work situation, this could lead to improved health outcomes for patients.

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) is working in partnership with the Health Informatics Unit (HIU) to carry out a scoping project to better understand the issues and concerns around collecting this information.

The work has been commissioned by the ‘joint work and health unit’ made up of representatives from Department of Work and Pensions and Department of Health and Social Care.

The HIU is running semi-structured interviews to gather views and insight. Participants will be interviewed by phone for about 30 minutes. All data collected will be anonymised.

If you would like to take part please contact Malvina Rossi at informatics@rcplondon.ac.uk.  The research will be running until end of August but please confirm participation as soon as possible.



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