The Value of Occupational Health to Workplace Wellbeing

Kevin Daniels, Kevin Delany, Jenny Napier, Martin Hogg, Molly Rushworth

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The purpose of this report is to examine how occupational health practitioners and providers can add value to workplace wellbeing initiatives by focusing on the knowledge, skills and competences required to introduce workplace health and wellbeing programmes. We argue that wellbeing is a composite construct, comprising many elements in addition to a core of subjective wellbeing. We note that the distinction between health and wellbeing is fuzzy. We propose that workplace health and wellbeing programmes require co-ordinated initiatives addressing: management capabilities, improving job quality, enhancing social relationships at work, workplace health promotion and providing support for workers coping with health conditions and/or life stresses. To identify the areas of knowledge, skills and competences required, we draw on three sources of evidence: survey data collected by the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM); the available but limited scientific literature; and interviews with 11 expert informants. We identify four major areas of knowledge, skills and competences with more specific elements.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSociety of Occupational Medicine
Commissioning bodySociety of Occupational Medicine
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2019

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