Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

NHS Healthy Workplaces

The Healthy Workplace Programme was a collaboration between PenARC and the European Centre for Environment and Human Health. The overarching aim of the healthy workplace programme was to develop an NHS healthy workplace programme which sought to create the conditions for health and wellbeing within an NHS hospital through the lens of complexity. To support the development of a programme we undertook a systematic review of programmes delivered in healthcare settings which sought to improve health behaviours for the whole population (ie were not targeted at a subgroup of people or behaviours such as smokers, overweight staff). We also worked with the healthy workplace team in Public Health Cornwall to undertake a series of case studies on organisations and businesses which had achieved a ‘gold healthy workplace award’ to understand how they developed their programme and the enablers and barriers to participation in the programme. The findings from the review and the case studies and the interviews with the NHS ward staff led to the development of a framework, the “Wellbeing on the Ward (WoW) framework.” Using complexity principles, the framework seeks to illuminate the enablers and barriers on the ward to health and wellbeing behaviours. By populating the framework with the ward staff, areas and activities to improve physical and emotional wellbeing are identified.

This research is supporting the Inclusivity Project.