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Airing Pain 76: Pain, Poverty and Employment

How to break the links between pover­ty, pain and unemployment

This edi­tion is fund­ed by a grant from the Mof­fatt Char­i­ta­ble Trust.

In the sec­ond pro­gramme in our ‘Good Work’ dou­ble bill we hear how peo­ple in pain and their fam­i­lies are affect­ed by bar­ri­ers to employ­ment and support.

Kier­an McGhee and his wife Anne-Marie tell how his neu­ro­path­ic pain and a lack of ongo­ing sup­port put an end to both his career and hers as she became his full-time car­er. Angela O’Neill recalls hav­ing to leave the nurs­ing job she loved and her ‘dis­tress­ing’ expe­ri­ence of a poor­ly man­aged back to work scheme.

Staff at the Health and Social Care Alliance set out how the Access to Work pro­gramme can help peo­ple man­ag­ing long term con­di­tions to over­come obsta­cles to get­ting to and thriv­ing in the work­place. And Jason Leitch of NHS Scot­land dis­cuss­es the Glas­gow effect – Scotland’s largest city’s inequal­i­ties of health and life expectan­cy – and how to reduce them.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Employ­ment, pover­ty, finan­cial impact, bar­ri­ers to the work­place, car­ers, inequal­i­ty, access to health ser­vices, social care, Glas­gow City Mis­sion, com­mu­ni­ty health­care, fund­ing, wel­fare, ben­e­fits, finan­cial support.


  • Pro­fes­sor Jason Leitch, Clin­i­cal Direc­tor of the Health­care Qual­i­ty Unit, NHS Scotland
  • Kier­an McGhee
  • Anne-Marie Kane McGhee
  • Angela O’Neill
  • Andrew Strong, Pol­i­cy and Infor­ma­tion Man­ag­er, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland
  • Louise Cou­p­land, Health and Employ­a­bil­i­ty Man­ag­er, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.

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