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Dilemma: Public health at work

Too much wellbeing and not enough ‘proper’ OH?

Summary:

Should OH professionals spend more time focusing on their ‘traditional’ roles of preventing occupational exposure, ensuring fitness for work and helping those off sick back into work, rather than on the holistic health and wellbeing of the workforce? Two experienced OH professionals go head to head on the issue

Sandra Winters

Up to half the workforce could soon be suffering a chronic ill-health condition. The case for OH-led workplace health and wellbeing is incontrovertible, argues Sandra Winters.

In her 2008 review of the health of the…

Sandra Winters is an OH nurse consultant and is head of wellbeing and corporate responsibility at NHS England.

 

Jim Ford

Jim Ford believes that widening the scope of OH to embrace public health initiatives risks alienating employers and losing focus on the target population – the workforce.

Occupational medicine (OM) attracted me because

Dr Jim Ford is a consultant in occupational medicine

Author: Winters S, Ford J

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2016 (vol. 12/6) pp16-17

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