Research Consortium

The Work, Health and Wellbeing Research Consortium is a network of researchers, policy makers and employers who come together to improve the health and wellbeing of employees; and support organisations in their efforts to do so

Introduction to the Research Consortium

The Work, Health and Wellbeing Research Consortium is a network of researchers, policy makers and employers who come together to improve the health and wellbeing of employees; and support organisations in their efforts to do so.

Our aims are to:

  • Strengthen the evidence base for work, health and wellbeing;
  • Share evidence, knowledge and best practice; and
  • Bring together multi-disciplinary perspectives to prevent ill-health and promote and support health and wellbeing at work.  

The Research Consortium, now in its 15th year, is Chaired by Dr Rachel Lewis and Dr Jo Yarker, Directors of Affinity Health at Work, a workplace health and wellbeing consultancy and research group. Through the Research Consortium, Affinity Health at Work have ground breaking and multi-award winning research relating to workplace health, wellbeing and engagement. 

Every year members set the research agenda for the coming year and some member organisations participate in the research itself. This year, our focus is: 'Preventing ill-health and promoting employee wellbeing post-pandemic'. Through the analysis of policies and strategies, and interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders, managers and employees across five organisations at three time points, we will develop and in-depth understanding of how organisations have responded to the pandemic, and how it has been experienced by employees. We will provide recommendations and develop best practice guidance to support the post-pandemic response.

Consortium members meet at our quarterly masterclasses, providing an opportunity to share learnings, and listen to academic and practitioner experts across the field of work, health and wellbeing. 

The latest accomplishment of the Research Consortium is the development of the Work, Health and Wellbeing evidence hub, see http://affinityhealthhub.co.uk. The hub is a practitioner-focused resource that gives access to evidence-based materials, information, guidance and tools aimed at enhancing employee health, wellbeing and engagement. 

Why join the Consortium?

Being part of the Research Consortium offers many benefits to you and your organisation.

Research Consortium members have the opportunity to:

  • Gain early and immediate access to new research and evidence; including resource packs collating latest policy, evidence and guidance from across the field.
  • Take part in research projects, as well as shaping the output and influencing the subject matter for future projects. 
  • Keep up to date on current research findings and how they relate to you on issues relevant to health and wellbeing.
  • Building and developing working relationships with colleagues in the field  
  • Network and share leading practice with other professionals to support the health and wellbeing of employees in your organisation.
  • Have a ‘seat at the table’ and contact with key decision makers within the forward-thinking institutions in this space 
  • Access support and advice from the Affinity Health at Work team
  • Attend Quarterly Masterclasses that provide both academic and practitioner speakers. (Three people from your organisation can attend each masterclass)

The Consortium Masterclasses include:

  • Up-dates, learning and continuing professional development
  • Access to thought leadership
  • Professional networking and support
Consortium master-classes

One of the benefits of Research Consortium membership is that members can attend quarterly master-classes at which they can discuss the latest Affinity Health at Work research findings and hear from experts on particular topic themes. Master-class topic themes are decided each year by Research Consortium members, based on interest and needs.

The master-class themes chosen for 2021 are as follows:

  • 5th March: Neurodiversity at work 
  • 2nd June: Loneliness at work 
  • 10th September: Managing work and life transitions
  • 9th  December: Embedding and measuring wellbeing

The master-class themes chosen for 2022 are:

  • 10th March: Line managing for employee health and wellbeing
  • 17th June: Job design for optimum wellbeing 

Contact us to find out more about these events 

 

Our master-classes have been running since 2015. Previous master-class sessions include:

  • Compassion in the workplace
  • Remote working and returning to the work environment
  • Preventing stress and mental ill-health at work
  • Return on Investment and Effective of Health and Wellbeing Interventions
  • Musculoskeletal disorders and mental health: the links between the two
  • Age at work
  • Suicide awareness and post-vention
  • Women's health
  • Technology and workplace wellbeing
  • Practical applications of behaviour change
  • Organisational culture and context in wellbeing
  • Mindfulness in the workplace
  • Organisational interventions to enhance employee health and wellbeing
  • Burnout and engagement
  • Workplace design for Health
  • Menopause and women’s health issues in the workplace
  • Stigma and unconscious bias
  • Managing mental health cases at work
  • Perfectionism and wellbeing at work
  • Mindful leadership
  • Resilience in the workplace and coping with change
  • Health promotion and supporting employee behaviour change
  • The dark side of leadership
  • Workplace technology and wellbeing
Testimonials from existing members

Testimonial from one of our organisational members 
Senior Occupational Health Manager in a large public sector organisation

“Being part of the consortium brings many benefits to us as an organisation, supporting our drive to improve the health and wellbeing of our employees: 

  • We have an opportunity to influence the subject matter for future research projects
  • We can take part in research ourselves
  • We keep up to date with current research findings and how they apply to us
  • We keep up to date on issues relevant to health and wellbeing – having choices over themes for each consortium day
  • We get to learn about best practice in other organisations
  • We have the opportunity to meet and develop working relationships with colleagues in the field

This increased understanding and awareness means that my work to improve health and wellbeing of our employees is based on solid research, best practice and experience, so our employees gain maximum benefit from our services.”

Join us as a Consortium member

Consortium membership is open to any organisation or individual who is interested in workplace health and wellbeing, wants to know the latest research and evidence in the field and to be part of a network of like-minded people. Contact us to find out more and join the Consortium.