Overview

12 Oct, 20229:30 am-4:00 pm

The National Workplace Health and Wellbeing Conference will provide a platform to assess the latest practical insights in developing high-quality health and wellbeing strategies in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Best practice case studies and expert speakers will deliver sessions on enhancing productivity, improve employee satisfaction and supporting new ways of working.

The National Workplace Health and Wellbeing Conference 2022 will provide a platform to uncover the latest practical insights in developing high-quality health and wellbeing strategies following the Covid-19 pandemic. With 71% of staff travelling to work, and the number of people adopting hybrid working rising steadily, recently reaching 17% (ONS), the way that organisations operate is facing a significant shift. Best practice case studies and expert speakers will deliver sessions on enhancing productivity, improving employee satisfaction, and supporting new ways of working.

Other Speakers

Christian van Stolk photo
Christian van Stolk
Executive Vice President
RAND Europe
Lee Woolcott-Ellis photo
Lee Woolcott-Ellis
HR Mental Health Coordinator
Southeastern Railway
Dr Sally Hemming photo
Dr Sally Hemming
Health & Wellbeing Lead
EY
Helen Wilkinson photo
Helen Wilkinson
Employee Support Officer
Lancashire County Council
HR Representative photo
HR Representative
Lancashire County Council

Agenda

8:45 am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
  • Following an introduction from the Chair we’ll be kicking off this live, face to face event with interactive icebreakers designed to encourage early introductions ahead of further networking throughout the day
  • Get to know fellow colleagues and participants and share your key learning objectives for the day
  • Share your thoughts and ideas through live polling and comments using our interactive platform
  • Expect lots of interactivity with this being a brilliant opportunity to interact, network and learn from your peers in a safe, face to face environment
Dr Robin Cordell
Dr Robin Cordell
Director
Council for Work & Health
Confirmed
9:50 am
HSE Keynote: Supporting the Public Sector to Tackle Work-Related Stress

Work-related stress is the second most commonly reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain. While the highest incidence rates are recorded in the public sector – education, health and social care, prisons, emergency services, and local and central government – there is increasing evidence that it is becoming a significant problem in other sectors.

This session will discuss:

  • How to implement HSE’s Management Standards on stress to improve support for staff suffering from work related stress by identifying and managing six areas of work design which can affect stress levels – demands, control, support, relationships, role and change
  • Best practice for carrying out a stress risk assessment and mitigating risk to protect employees from stress, and how to spot signs of stress at work
  • Sharing how HSE’s “Talking Toolkits” can support line managers in having simple, practical conversations with workers which can help prevent stress

This session will include time for Q&A

HSE Representative
HSE Representative
Health & Safety Executive
Invited
10:20 am
Case Study: Empowering Colleagues to Support Each Other at Southeastern Railway

Southeastern Railway’s Colleague Mental Health Advocate programme uses volunteers from across the organisation, and offers staff the opportunity to have a confidential and safe conversation with an advocate about any issues, concerns or problems affecting them at work. Since launching the project in 2018, there has been a steady increase in uptake, and there has been increased engagement with work-based support services, strengthened manager/colleague relations and reduced absenteeism.

This session will discuss:

  • Best practice for training staff volunteers to effective deliver a peer support programme
  • How to encourage staff to access peer support services
  • The impact of the programme on workplace culture and attitudes towards mental health, and on uptake of existing support services
Lee Woolcott-Ellis
Lee Woolcott-Ellis
HR Mental Health Coordinator
Southeastern Railway
Confirmed
10:50 am
Networking Break
11:10 am
Civil Service HR Keynote

In this session, Civil Service HR will discuss key learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic, and how public sector organizations can effectively support the wellbeing and mental health of a hybrid workforce.

Civil Service HR Representative
Civil Service HR Representative
Cabinet Office
Invited
11:40 am
Case Study: Improving Menopause Support and Awareness in the Workplace at Lancashire County Council

Menopausal women are currently the fastest growing demographic in the workplace, and due to the taboo and lack of awareness, Lancashire County Council identified improving support as a priority. The health equity, welfare and partnerships team led a review of how menopause was dealt with and drew on best practice from other organisations to implement a series of initiatives. This session will explore:

  • How they trained workplace menopause champions, and the importance of talking about menopause in the workplace to break down barriers and taboos
  • The impact of improving awareness on the subject among both female and male staff on employee wellbeing and satisfaction
  • The ongoing support on offer for menopausal staff and how you can get started designing and implementing a menopause support and awareness project
Helen Wilkinson
Helen Wilkinson
Employee Support Officer
Lancashire County Council
Confirmed
HR Representative
HR Representative
Lancashire County Council
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Group Discussion

In this session, you will share your key takeaways from the morning’s sessions with colleagues and how they relate to the challenges you and your colleagues are facing.

12:20 pm
Networking Lunch
1:20 pm
Interactive Panel Discussion: Pandemic Support, Hybrid Working, and the Future of Workplace Wellbeing – What Should We Have Learned from the Covid-19 Pandemic?
  • Discussing key learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic, and positive takeaways from changes to workplace support during the pandemic
  • Highlighting key considerations for public sector organisations as staff return to the office
  • Sharing best practice for supporting a safe and healthy return to the workplace
Christian van Stolk
Christian van Stolk
Executive Vice President
RAND Europe
Confirmed
Rahima Rahman
Rahima Rahman
Work & Employers Wellbeing Implementation Lead
What Works Centre for Wellbeing
Confirmed
Alicia Nagar
Alicia Nagar
Interim Head of People, Wellbeing & Equity
Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA)
Confirmed
UNISON Representative
UNISON Representative
UNISON
Invited
2:00 pm
Acas/CIPD Joint Q&A

In this session, Rachel and Francoise will answer your questions about promoting a positive mental health culture, key learnings from the pandemic and the return to work, and how employers can take a strategic approach to health and wellbeing to effectively support staff.

Rachel Suff
Rachel Suff
Senior Policy Adviser, Employment Relations
CIPD
Confirmed
Francoise Woolley
Francoise Woolley
Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing
Acas
Confirmed
2:40 pm
Networking Break
3:00 pm
Interactive Panel Discussion: A Private Sector Perspective on Improving Workplace Health & Wellbeing
  • Examining differences in workplace health & wellbeing support in the private and public sector, and the underlying reasons for those differences
  • Highlighting examples of innovation from the private sector that improve the health & wellbeing of employees, increase staff satisfaction, and increase productivity
  • Sharing how to implement change effectively at an organisational level to improve the support offered
Gary Dewin
Gary Dewin
People Director
Co-op
Invited
Dr Sally Hemming
Dr Sally Hemming
Health & Wellbeing Lead
EY
Confirmed
3:40 pm
Chair’s Close

During this short session, the Chair will invite delegates to break into small groups to discuss the key themes that arose during the day and will provide an opportunity for delegates to share what they have learnt with peers.

Finally, the Chair will provide some concluding remarks and share key takeaways from the day that delegates can look to implement within their organisations.

Dr Robin Cordell
Dr Robin Cordell
Director
Council for Work & Health
Confirmed
4:00 pm
Conference Close

*programme subject to change

Audience

This Conference is specifically designed for the wider public sector, Central and Local Government, Health and the Voluntary Sector. Typical job titles will include:

  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Directors of Health and Safety
  • Directors of Occupational Health
  • Directors of People and Organisational Development
  • Employee Relations Advisors
  • Heads of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Heads of Workplace Wellbeing
  • Health and Safety Advisors
  • Health Improvement Advisors
  • Wellbeing Leads
This Conference is also open to the wider Public sector and Private sectors to encourage networking and debate.

Pricing

Venue

London