I thought some people might find this of interest given, for example, welfare reform in the UK:
Swedish research exchange
10 March 2009
(From left to right) Dr Bob Grove, Professor Dame Carol Black, Professor Mansel Aylward, Dr Debbie Cohen, Professor Gordon Waddell and Professor Peter White
University research helping to remove the barriers people face when returning to work has been shared with policy makers at a leading conference in Stockholm.
Professor Mansel Aylward CB, Director of the Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research in the School of Psychology, headed a British team of academics to the first conference of the new Social Council of Sweden at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in Stockholm.
Professor Aylward, Dr Debbie Cohen and Professor Gordon Waddell outlined key pieces of University research helping to explain and address the obstacles people face in the UK when returning to work.
In his keynote address, Professor Aylward chronicled the development of "Pathways to Work" in the UK and drew upon research undertaken by his team at Cardiff which further explored obstacles to return to work and interventions to address them..
Professor Aylward said: "The first conference of the new Social Council of Sweden, at the invitation of the Swedish Government, was an opportunity to share our research knowledge with academics, researchers, healthcare professionals and senior government advisors, officials and politicians - including Sweden's Secretary for Health and Social Affairs, Bettina Kashefi , on what works.
"We hope our presentations will provide the scientific and research knowledge to inform the Swedish Government's plans for Welfare reform."
The Conference was also addressed by other key UK academics. Dr Bob Grove of The Sainsbury Centre, King's College London gave an update on the evaluation of the `Pathways to Work' project;
Professor Peter White of Bart's and the London School of Medicine discussed Symptoms Defined Illness and their handling in occupational rehabilitation and Professor Dame Carol Black,
UK National Director for Health, Work and Well-being, outlined the findings of a review of the health of Britain's working age population: Working for a healthier tomorrow.
Professor Aylward and his team from Cardiff also spent a day at the Karolinska Institute. Meeting with Professor Alexanderson, who chairs the Swedish Social, it was an opportunity to explore joint research opportunities. Professor Aylward added: "The visit to the Karolinska Institute allowed us to discuss and set out the basis for collaboration between the Karolinska Institute and Cardiff University. We hope this will lead to joint research in the area of health and work."
Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research
Department for Work and Pensions