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Dr Steven Boorman CBE, Chair, Council for Work and Health (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining the work of the Work and Health Unit in making changes across the welfare system including working towards getting one million more disabled people in employment by 2027
  • Discussing the ‘Mental Health Core Standards’ framework and how organisations should seek to implement it within the workplace
  • Sharing the government’s case for change for improving workplace health and wellbeing including aiming to reduce long-term sickness absences
  • Detailing the support available to employers to help them recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions, through initiatives such as access and returning to work schemes, mental health support services and the Disability Confident campaign.

Tabitha Jay, Director, Joint Work and Health Unit, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) (CONFIRMED)

  • Emphasising the importance of all parties in the workplace relationship knowing their role and trusting one another to take responsibility for the positive mental health of all colleagues
  • Tackling the causes of workplace stress, putting policies in place to support people, having effective difficult conversations, and the individual’s responsibility to look after their own wellbeing
  • Aiding the recovery process by implementing effective return to work management – good communication between line manager, occupational health and the employee.
  • Ensuring that employers are considerate of post-return to work adjustments and support including phased return, flexible hours and reduced job tasks or workload

Abigail Hirshman, Specialist Lead on Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace, Acas (CONFIRMED)

  • Assessing practical solutions for developing workplace health interventions, building on the outcomes of PHE and RAND Europe’s ‘Promising Practices for Health and Wellbeing at Work’ 2018 report
  • Tackling sickness absence and supporting workplace health and wellbeing through interventions such as ‘ESCAPE-pain’ which helps to support workers with musculoskeletal conditions
  • Embedding health and wellbeing strategies within organisations to improve employee health as well as business productivity
  • Examining the next steps in tackling health and sickness absence including encouraging employers to conduct a workplace health needs assessment and raising awareness of the tailored toolkits for every employer affected by a health condition

Claire Perkins, Deputy Director, Priorities and Programmes Division, Health Improvement Directorate, Public Health England (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining strategies from the Health and Safety Executive ‘Talking Toolkit’ to support solutions which prevent work-related stress in the workplace
  • Exploring successful practice in evaluating the risk of work-related stress and assessing how employers can design a work environment which tackles common causes of stress
  • Providing guidance on key triggers for workplace stress and how to manage them through health and wellbeing initiatives such as increased flexible working
  • Understanding the ‘Management Standards’ approach to countering the impact of stress on productivity and absence through six key areas of work design: demands, control, support, relationships, role and change

Senior Representative, Health and Safety Executive (CONFIRMED)

  • Sharing the success of the ‘Health and Work Champions’ project in supporting NHS clinicians to develop confidence to address patients’ employment aspirations
  • Embedding work as a health outcome using the 2019 Healthcare Professionals  Consensus Statement on Health and Work and e-learning modules
  • Outlining the positive impact of access to occupational therapy led vocational clinics in GP surgeries for employees with mental health and/or musculoskeletal problems
  • Discussing the potential for employers and employees to use the AHP Health and Work Report as evidence for sick pay rather than the GP Fit Note.

Genevieve Smyth, Professional Advisor and Lead on Work, Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Council for Work and Health (CONFIRMED)

  • Ensuring health and wellbeing is a key focus within the North Bristol NHS Trust’s 5 Year Strategy for continuing improvement for workforce wellbeing
  • Sharing the success of the ‘Fresh Arts Programme’ in enhancing patient and staff experience and morale by providing a creative outlet for workplace stress
  • Exploring the role of the People & Transformation team in ensuring staff health and wellbeing through initiatives such as psychological and physiotherapy support for staff and a retention steering group
  • Outlining the strategy used at the North Bristol NHS Trust to improve staff health and wellbeing, from the Trust being rated in the worst 20% for 10 of 20 questions in the 2014/15 staff survey to winning a health and wellbeing award in 2019

Winner of Most Improved in REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards 2019

Guy Dickson, Head of People Strategy, North Bristol NHS Trust (invited)

  • Exploring the mental health first aid training initiative which is being rolled out to 3,700 employees to give staff and leaders more confidence in addressing concerns at work
  • Outlining how other organisations can provide training through ensuring Occupational Health (OH) staff have a Mental Health First Aid England qualification
  • Highlighting how Yorkshire Water have successfully enrolled 700 employees on the training since 2017 and achieved a 48% decrease in the number of OH referrals to counselling
  • Addressing physical health in conjunction with mental health through a Slimming World initiative to support workers in their diet, successfully recruiting 73 employees losing a total of 88 stone in 2018
  • Demonstrating how a company can change its culture to focus on investing in people and doing so by taking an early intervention approach of referring staff to OH on day one of absence

Susan Gee, Group Occupational Health and Wellbeing Manager, Yorkshire Water (CONFIRMED)

  • Developing an HR strategy focused on workplace wellbeing through the use of data, to evaluate absence and productivity and acting on these insights to drive strategic interventions that enhance employee health and wellbeing
  • Conducting six internal and external reports and using this data to create ‘The Health Blueprint’ to help deliver employee health improvements
  • Analysing data by focusing on three metrics: health changes, financial changes and health trends to create an end-of-year blueprint and outline solutions for the next financial year
  • Supporting employees’ physical and mental health through awareness programmes, an in house counsellor and support groups for specific needs such as a menopause group, one-to-one fitness and a pregnancy group

Winner of RSPH Workplace Health and Wellbeing Award 2018

Winner of Britain’s Healthiest Large Workplace Award 2018

Ian Edwards, Programme Director - Nomura Health and Fitness, Nomura International plc (CONFIRMED)

*Please note that the final afternoon sessions will be split into two breakout streams for Mental Health and Wellbeing and Physical Health 

*Programme subject to change