National Director for Health and Work
Professor Dame Carol Black was the National Director for Health and Work from 2005-2011, during which time she pushed health and well-being to the forefront of Government thinking on health and work.
In 2008, she published her ground-breaking review of the health of the working age population – Working for a healthier tomorrow.
Her expertise was called upon when she was asked to jointly chair the independent Sickness Absence Review with David Frost, the former Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce. The review was published in November 2011.
In January 2012, Dame Carol became an expert adviser on Health at Work to the Department of Health. She is also co-chair of the Responsibility Deal's Health at Work Network alongside Earl Howe.
- Responsibility Deal – Health at Work Network (Department of Health)
She is Chairman of the Nuffield Trust, President of the British Lung Foundation, and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Bristol. She is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, and immediate past-Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. The centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital, London is internationally renowned in the field of connective tissue diseases.
Since the early 1990s she has worked at board level in a number of organisations, including the Royal Free Hospital Hampstead NHS Trust, the Health Foundation, the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, and the Imperial College Healthcare Charity, and recently chaired the UK Health Honours Committee.
She is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, a member of the Committee for the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service, chairs the governance board of the new Centre for Workforce Intelligence, and is on several national committees aiming to improve healthcare. She is a Foreign Affiliate of the Institute of Medicine USA, and has been awarded many honorary degrees and fellowships.