A collaboration between Health Education England (Wessex) and the University of Southampton
Centre for Workforce Wellbeing

UK Workforce

Key Documents, Guidance and Policy on Workforce Wellbeing

Health is everyone’s business. Presented to Parliament on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care.

This report published in July 2021 covers work place adjustments, statutory sick pay and Occupational Health support. The shortages in the Occupational Health workforce are acknowledged, but a clear plan of action to ensure there are more Occupational Health doctors and nurses to support the UK workforce remains illusive.


Shaping Future Support. The Health and Disability Green Paper. Department for Work and Pensions.

This paper published in July 2021 covers Improving Employment Support in Chapter 2 for people with a long-term health condition or disability that are of working age.


Thriving at Work. The Stephenson/Farmer Review of mental health and employers.

An independent report, prepared for the prime minister in 2017, which makes recommendations for the various sectors, including the NHS.


Does worker wellbeing affect workplace performance? Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

This paper looks at how to measure wellbeing, employer practices that have a positive impact on wellbeing and the evidence linking subjective worker wellbeing to business performance.


Working for a healthier tomorrow. Dame Carol Black’s Review of the health of Britain’s working age population.

This review defines the current state of the health and wellbeing of the working age population, the role of the workplace in this, how fitness to practice needs to be perceived differently, early interventions should be introduced and implemented by appropriately trained professionals in multidisciplinary mainstream services.


Preventing Suicide in England: Third progress report of the cross-government outcome strategy to save lives. HM Government.

An update report providing information on at-risk groups and professions and the plans and strategies in place for prevention.


Workplace Health. Management Practices. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

A guideline covering how to improve the health and wellbeing of employees, with a focus on organisational culture and the role of line managers.


Mental Wellbeing at Work. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

A guideline on how to create the right conditions to support mental wellbeing at work. The aim is to promote a culture of participation, equality and fairness in the workplace based on open communication and flexible working.


Physical activity in the workplace. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

This guideline covers how to encourage employees to be physically active. The aim is to increase the working population’s physical activity levels.



Wellbeing Support Organisations


A charity that provides a free telephone service all day, every day, as well as offering face to face support at local centres.


Rethink Mental Illness

A charity that offers a telephone advice line in office hours, an online webchat service and online resources for everyone affected by mental illness.



A charity that offers a telephone advice line within office hours and online resources for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.



A charity that offers an evening telephone support line, textcare, callbacks, email support, and online resources for anyone affected by mental illness.


No Panic

An anxiety charity that offers telephone support between 10:00 and 22:00, with a dedicated youth service available at selected times, email support within 2 working days and online resources.