Work and Health Programme

An introduction


We make a difference

by focusing on people's abilities

Delivering innovative solutions

to help people maximise their potential

The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) new Work and Health Programme is being commissioned to improve employment outcomes for people with health conditions or disabilities and those unemployed for more than two years.

The Work and Health Programme provides an opportunity for local providers to collaborate and create positive futures for local people, their families and their communities. Focusing on ability rather than disability or time out of work, we make a difference.

To find out more, please follow the relevant link below:

  • Delivery partners
    I’m an organisation interested in partnering with Working Links
  • Stakeholders
    I’m interested in learning more about Working Links’ experience and how we can work together in supporting people into sustainable employment
  • Employers
    I’m an employer interested in offering opportunities to unemployed people
  • Customers
    I’m looking for support in finding work

Our thoughts

Working Links have been helping the government design and develop programmes like this since 2000 and we’re widely recognised internationally as a best-in-class employability provider.

Throughout the commissioning process we will be sharing our latest thoughts ahead of the Work and Health Programme, so please bookmark this page.

Health employment pilot a success 
May 2017

A Pilot programme run in Devon and Cornwall designed to help unemployed people manage and overcome health and wellbeing issues and get back to work has proved a success. Read more here.

On to the next stage
April 2017

Following on from a communication received from DWP we can now confirm that we have been successful in reaching the next stage of the bid process for Work and Health Programme opportunities in the following Contract Package Area (CPA) Lots:

  • CPA 2 - North East
  • CPA 4 - Southern
  • CPA 6 - Wales

We have now been in touch with partners with updates on ITT submissions for the partnership opportunities in these lots.

Stage 1 bids are in

March 2017

On 3 March, after months of preparation, we submitted our Stage 1 bids to the DWP to deliver the Work and Health Programme in three areas – the North East, the South and Wales. Each bid included written responses to a number of evaluation questions as well as our proposed solutions to a number of case study scenarios. These scenarios represented some of the customer groups Work and Health Programme will support in to work – people with disabilities, the long term unemployed and other disadvantaged groups.

Over the course of the next month, teams from each of the areas will be presenting our proposed solutions to the DWP in Sheffield. Following this, in early April we hope to be among the successful bidders that progress to a second stage of competition and enter into commercial dialogue with the DWP.

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