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Good examples of work and chronic conditions

Paul Baart,Tamara Raaijmakers – Dutch Center Work Health, Netherlands

Results of an exploration of European initiatives for stay at work with a chronical condition and job opportunities for (young) people with a chronic condition.

In 2016 a working group of the Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER), consisting of representatives of members of employers and employees in the Netherlands publicized ‘Work: it’s important to everyone – An advisory report on managing chronic illness at work. The advisory report was made on behalf of the Dutch Minister of Public Health, Welfare and the Dutch Minister of Sport and of Social Affairs and Employment. After publication, the same ministers requested the SER and the field parties to make work of the recommendations made in this report.  For the purpose of following the progress in the field, the working group of the SER is combined with the Dutch Patient Federation, the Dutch Commission Work Health and some other organisations. It is called the ‘Working Group on Chronically Ill People’. 

The exploration provides the working group with an overview of information, examples and strategies aimed at working with a chronic illness in other countries to inspire the Dutch policy on working with a chronic disease and job opportunities for young people with a chronic illness. The focus is on European initiatives.

The Brain Mind and Pain (BMP) Group has contributed to this initiative (see page 17 of the Report)