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Good Work

Population Outcome: People in Suffolk and North East Essex have Good Work

Work provides us with both an income and a sense of purpose and achievement, and it is important to health and wellbeing. Having ‘good work’ means work that provides fair and equal opportunities, provides a fair income, security in the workplace, prospects for personal development and the ability to foster good social relationships with colleagues.


Barometer Measure

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Employment and Economic Activity

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The Story Behind the Outcome

Lived Experience


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Published Evidence

Impact of work on health

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People living with physical health conditions

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Women’s health

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Men’s health

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Further Reading

Our Ambition

What we know matters and why

What matters?Why?
I am safe and supported at workSafe work practices prevent stress, illness and injury. Being well supported gives me a sense of control over my work, increases my job satisfaction and supports my work/life balance.
I have stable employment with fair pay.Reliable working hours and patterns, a living wage, and security of employment, means I can afford to maintain a good standard of quality of life for me and my family.
I have reasonable adjustments when I need themAdapting your working practices and environment to meet my health conditions or disability-related needs helps to overcome the barriers I face in accessing work.
I can progress in my careerEquality of access to opportunities to progress means more diverse representation and better quality management throughout my organisation.

How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex

We wIll as health and care employers, widen access to employment for local people, pay a living wage, create healthy workplaces and ensure opportunities for career progression for people from diverse groups and deprived communities and for older employees.We will encourage volunteering in health and care organisations for people exploring a career in the NHS, social care and community and social enterprise sectors.
We will spend money locally, and encourage partners eg Chamber of Commerce to contract locally, to boost local employment and the economyWe will enable working people with health conditions or disabilities, and those with caring responsibilities, to take time off work, and provide flexible healthcare appointments to fit with their commitments.
We will buy from organisations who support the local community, and encourage the growth of local business and social enterprises.We will co-produce information for employers on potential health issues for their employees, including creating a positive environment where people can talk about their health issues, and reasonable adjustments for those who need them.

Case Studies – how we are making progress across Suffolk & North East Essex

Relevant plans and strategies


NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board-
Joint Forward Plan
Be Well
Health Inequalities


Ipswich and East Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

North East Essex 
Alliance Delivery Plan

West  Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

Last Updated on 19 February 2024

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