Taking a whole-systems approach to enabling disabled people to find employment
According to the charity Scope, there are over ten million unemployed people living with some form of disability. Many of these struggle to find decent work and earn a living wage.
In response, the UK Work and Health Unit has been established as a cross-departmental unit charged with enabling one million disabled people to access work. This is ambitious, important, and at times controversial work.
As with all complex problems, the Unit cannot solve this on their own. Finding productive employment for one million people living with disability is a challenge that demands collective action between myriad groups, organisations and interests across sectors; employers, civil society, insurers, healthcare providers, families, education institutions and of course, individuals.
As such, the Unit finds itself having to take a whole-systems approach, one that equips them with new forms of collaboration with new networks of partners; one that allows them to see and confront ever-emerging and ever-evolving issues; one that enables them to test and learn as they forge new entry points and experiments, one that allows them to maintain a shared momentum and optimism in the face of difficult, messy and uncertain work.