People with health conditions are set to receive further support to help manage problems they face at work.
The help will come from 19 new innovative projects which will receive receive millions of pounds in government funding towards their work.
Nearly £4m of funding under the new Work and Health Challenge Fund will be shared between the successful schemes, becoming the latest in a series of government measures which form part of a 10-year plan to get one million more disabled people in work by 2027.
Projects include a new mobile phone app which aims to ease lower back pain by giving sufferers a personalised self-management plan and an app to help individuals understand signs of mental ill health, including access to a Vocational Rehabilitation trained advisor.
The Department for Work and Pensions is hoping the plan will enable people to stay in work by helping them to personally manage conditions and make it easier to access advice and support.
They will also help government and partner organisations develop future policy by providing more personalised feedback on the experience of disabled people in work.
Minister for disabled people, health and work, Sarah Newton, said: “We want to harness the power of technology to tackle the disability employment gap, and these novel ideas will help us to achieve our goal of seeing one million more disabled people in work.”
She added: “The Challenge Fund has given experts on the ground the opportunity to come up with ideas on how best to support people to manage their health conditions at work, and the financial backing to take those ideas forward. I congratulate those successful in securing funding and look forward to working with them to develop these innovative ideas.”
The Challenge Fund is a joint initiative between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care, and has a focus on mental health and musculoskeletal conditions – some of the most common health conditions in the workplace.