Westminster Employment Forum

Disability and health in the workplace - next steps for bridging the employment gap and improving support for employers

November 2018

The seminar brought together national policymakers with stakeholders to consider the steps that can be taken by employers and policymakers to improve support for those with a disability or long-term health condition.

It provided an opportunity to assess the progress and initial lessons in implementing the Government’s plan to improve the employment prospects of those with a disability. Delegates discussed options for better joining up of support across the welfare system, the workplace and the healthcare system.

Further sessions discussed latest thinking and practical issues for creating inclusive workplaces whilst considering the financial support available through Access to Work along with assessing the Government’s strategy to transform employment prospects for those with disabilities. Further discussion focussed on mental health at work and the need for providing prompt support to employees in order to prevent long-term absences from the workplace.

On the day delegates discussed actions to be taken to narrow the disability employment gap, including improvements to measurement of employment outcomes and disparity auditing. Further discussion covered the benefits to business of engaging with the widest pool of employers and the need to improve support for both employers and employees with a disability.

Further sessions covered the outlook for those suffering from poor mental health and other long term conditions, focusing on quality and access to support.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Employment Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates