Government funding for ICBs to tackle economic inactivity

Become a pilot site with WorkWell, a government initiative addressing economic inactivity due to illness or disability.

1 December 2023

In March 2023, the government introduced WorkWell, a new health and disability service aimed at addressing the economic inactivity resulting from long-term sickness or disability. 

Developed in collaboration between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care, WorkWell is designed to provide holistic support, integrating work and health services. The primary objective is to assist approximately 60,000 individuals with disabilities for those on extended sick leave in securing and maintaining employment while achieving success in the workplace.

Backed by £57 million, WorkWell will be accessible to 15 integrated care boards (ICBs), to support the fourth pillar of the integrated care services (ICS) to help the NHS support broader social and economic development. Find out more about WorkWell.

Submit an expression of interest 

Expressions of interest are currently being accepted from ICBs interested in becoming vanguard areas. The prospectus details timelines, instructions and assessment criteria for successful candidate areas. Appendices with comprehensive information are available at Workwell - GOV.UK. The deadline for grant applications is 11:55pm on Monday 22 January 2024.

For additional support and information about WorkWell the DWP is holding two webinars: 

  • Wednesday 6 December 2023 11am-12:00pm
  • Thursday 7 December 2023 11am-12:00pm

To register for these webinars or for inquiries, email