In order to protect and improve employee health and wellbeing effectively, employers and practitioners need to have access to the best possible evidence-base. However, tracking down good evidence is not always easy: overwhelming amounts of information, time-consuming literature searches, deciphering academic jargon and/or decoding consultancy spin can all get in the way of finding the rigorous research and knowledge and applying it to real-world situations.
To help overcome these problems, we have created an exciting new online resource that aims to make good evidence easy to find, access and read. Newly-launched, and constantly developing, the Affinity work health and wellbeing hub has been established in collaboration with a range of organisations and individuals. It sets out to:
- Provide a bridge between research and practice in the field of workplace health and wellbeing
- Enable practitioners to access current evidence-based literature and tools presented in a concise and accessible way
- Provide an accessible and rigorous alternative to academic journals for those wanting to understand the latest academic research, models and findings
- Create a forum for publishing rigorous evidence-based practitioner literature
- Enable organisations to showcase examples of best practice.
The hub will cover topics central to work health and wellbeing, including health conditions such as stress, common mental health problems, obesity, musculoskeletal disorders; and interventions such as leadership, resilience and engagement. It is a unique expert resource, available to anyone with an interest in applying rigorous solutions to health and wellbeing in the workplace, and is completely free to access.
The initial development of the hub has been funded through the Affinity Health at Work Research Consortium, which is a collection of individuals, organisations and institutions committed to improving the health and wellbeing of employees. Current Consortium members include Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), ACAS, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Pricewaterhouse Coopers, AXA PPP Healthcare, Transport for London, Greater London Authority and a range of other organisations drawn from different sectors. With their help, we have so far populated four topics – stress, common mental health problems, mental health discrimination and obesity – and are actively working on several more.
Although the hub will continue to be supported by the Research Consortium, additional time and resources are needed in order to get as much evidence published as possible. The more topics that are populated, the more use the hub will be to the wider community, and the closer we can get to our aim of improving the health and wellbeing of the whole workforce. We are therefore looking for organisations that would like to sponsor the hub, and for professionals interested in contributing to this movement by sharing knowledge and best practice.
To watch a short animation about the hub click here
View the hub here
To find out more about the Research Consortium, hub or Affinity Health at Work: please contact Emma on [email protected]
Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Jo Yarker, and Rachel Lewis are Directors at Affinity Health at Work.
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