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Occupational health and the longevity dividend - Future of Ageing 2019 - Prof David Blane

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During ILC's fifth Future of Ageing conference, we heard from one of our three open slot winners, Emeritus Professor David Blane, from the Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health, Imperial College London.

Each year from 2020, some three-quarters of a million older employees will remain in the workforce, of whom some 75,000 will suffer at least one limiting longstanding illness.

The present occupational health resources are too sparse to cope with this challenge without evidence-based triage criteria to guide the identification of those most at risk of worsened health.

David Blane argued that employers could do more to mitigate these problems.

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Occupational health and the longevity dividend - Future of Ageing 2019 - Prof David Blane

  1. 1. Future of Ageing 2019 Maximising the longevity dividend #FutureOfAgeing
  2. 2. Occupational health and the longevity dividend Prof David Blane, Imperial College London #FutureOfAgeing
  3. 3. Occupational Health and the Longevity Dividend David Blane (MISPA). ILC Future of Ageing Conference 5th December 2019.
  4. 4. The Problem (1). • As of next year (2020) an estimated 760,000 older women & men each year will remain in the UK workforce, of whom some 76,000 will report at least one limiting longstanding illness (LLSI). • During this extended working life the prevalence of LLSI will increase; and some of this increase may be due to working conditions.
  5. 5. The Problem (2). • As extended working life may be a health hazard to some older people, medical supervision will be required. • Occupational medicine facilities unfortunately are sparse and poorly distributed - UK has only 571 accredited occupational physicians and some 2,000 occupational health nurses, concentrated in large firms in SE England (President FOM, 2019).
  6. 6. The Problem (3). • In small & medium sized companies located outside southern England responsibility will fall on employees’ own general medical practitioners. • Occupational nurses & physicians and general practitioners lack guidance on where to concentrate their scarce resources (self- referrals or screening; physical or mental health; exacerbation of existing disease or shift from silent pathology to overt disease).
  7. 7. Solutions. • Individual employers might review their own policies for occupational health. • Employers collectively might request that UK Research & Innovation funds a study to identify the triage criteria for greatest risk of morbidity and mortality due to extended working life. Such research needs to use large UK & European longitudinal data sets.
  8. 8. Thank you for listening. Are there any questions ? We have a more detailed account of MISPA’s concerns. Please email me at if you would like a copy.