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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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Reconstructing the self and social identity: new interventions for returning long-term Incapacity Benefit recipients to work

Reconstructing the self and social identity: new interventions for returning long-term Incapacity Benefit recipients to work

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(p.135) Eight Reconstructing the self and social identity: new interventions for returning long-term Incapacity Benefit recipients to work
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Work, Health and Wellbeing
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David Wainwright

, Elaine Wainwright, Rachel Black, Susan Kenyon
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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428080.003.0008

This chapter presents findings from a qualitative study of long-term Incapacity Benefit (IB) recipients who had utilised return-to-work interventions. Returning Incapacity Benefit recipients to work is high on the UK government's agenda. Although several interventions have been piloted in the Pathways to Work initiative, which has proven moderately successful at returning new IB claimants to work, we know little about how they are experienced by long-term IB recipients. Addressing the needs of this group is essential to meeting the Government's aim of moving over one million people off IB. A Council in Southern England was among the first to provide a service targeted specifically at long-term IB recipients, but it had limited success. The chapter presents data from qualitative interviews to generate an account of service users' experiences. The study reveals the damage to self and social identity that often accompanies life on IB, and the need to develop bespoke and holistic interventions to repair this damage.

Keywords:   incapacity benefit, long-standing illness, interventions, return to work, self-identity

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