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Suggested changes in Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

Posted by Ann Caluori | Wed, 01/05/2024 - 10:43


SOM is calling for support for people to stay in, and return to, work though investment in universal access to occupational health.


This should be alongside support (such as work-focused coaching) to help people, such as those with mental health conditions, remain at or return to work.


Professor Neil Greenberg, President Elect of SOM said: “Health and work conversations should be carried out by professionals who have a good understanding of the relationship between work and health with easy access to input from an occupational health specialist for more complex cases.”


Only half the UK population has access to occupational health (OH). There is a strong economic case to ensure that there is access to OH for all employees.


There should be tax incentives to encourage employers to invest in OH advice; a National Clinical Director for Work and Health to lead this work and investment in the OH workforce to facilitate universal access.


See Open Consultation: Modernising support for independent living: the health and disability green paper.