Research on Work and Health

2nd October 2017

The Research on Work and Health event, co-hosted by the North West component of the Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work, and the Lancaster University Work and Health Forum was held on the 2nd October 2017.  Including a talk from Dr Karen Walker-Bone, Director of the Arthritis Research UK / MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work, this event was a great opportunity for researchers and interested parties to meet, exchange knowledge and ideas, and learn about some of the latest developments and studies in the area of Work and Health coming out of the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Salford and Southampton.  

Presentations from the event are available here


Work and Health Sandpit

12th September 2016

The Lancaster University Work and Health Forum held a ‘sandpit’ event on the 12th September 9.30am-1pm.  This event enabled academics from a range of disciplines, all with research interests in the work and health areas, to come together in a creative, facilitated environment to learn more about each other’s research areas/methodologies/expertise and start to pull together tangible research questions.  


Comorbidities in the Working Age Population

20th June 2016, 1pm

Charles Carter A18

The Lancaster Health Hub invites you to join us for a presentation by Karen Steadman, Research and Policy Manager of the health and work programme at The Work Foundation.  People with long-term health conditions and disabilities experience considerably worse employment outcomes than those without – while the employment rate for the working-age population is 74%, for those with long-term conditions which affect their daily activities it is just 46%. We know that there is considerable variation in employment rates by type of health condition, and we know that in many cases outcomes are worse for the many people who live with multiple health conditions – or comorbidities. In this study we sought to shine a light on the employment outcomes for those with co-morbidities, as well as try to improve understanding of the factors which might influence ability to remain in work.

Registration is essential, please email n.sarjent@lancaster.ac.uk.  


Is work good for our health?

23rd May 2016, 1-2pm

Charles Carter A18

You are invited to join us for a seminar by Dr Karen Walker-Bone, Director of the Arthritis Research UK/MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work.  The UK tops the league for the highest number of new claims for disability throughout the Organisation for Economic and Commercial Development. By far the two major health conditions associated with disability for work are musculoskeletal disorders and mental health. Our new national centre of excellence seeks cost-effective solutions to reducing work disability caused by musculoskeletal disorders (back pain, neck pain, arthritis). This talk will discuss the impact of working to older ages, and illustrate some of the projects underway to reduce work disability.

Registration is essential, please email n.sarjent@lancaster.ac.uk.