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Work, Health and WellbeingThe Challenges of Managing Health at Work$
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Sarah Vickerstaff, Chris Phillipson, and Ross Wilkie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428080

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428080.001.0001

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‘Work Ability’: a practical model for improving the quality of work, health and wellbeing across the life-course?

‘Work Ability’: a practical model for improving the quality of work, health and wellbeing across the life-course?

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(p.187) Ten ‘Work Ability’: a practical model for improving the quality of work, health and wellbeing across the life-course?
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Work, Health and Wellbeing
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Tony Maltby

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428080.003.0010

Recently, the UK government began placing an emphasis upon how good health and work interact. This is being led by the Health, Work and Well-Being Unit, which has adopted a single-minded and non-integrated approach based upon health-centred solutions. This chapter presents and discusses a broad, holistic approach, implemented first in Finland from the 1980s, for the management and improvement of the quality of work and individual working lives. It offers a critical appraisal of the approach and its applicability to the UK polity within an active ageing paradigm.

Keywords:   work ability, active ageing, quality of work, age management

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