At Affinity Health at Work we are keen to support the development of public policy that uses sound scientific evidence as its basis. Our research often generates policy recommendations for Government and other national bodies and we aim to disseminate our research findings to policy makers as well as other organisations and individuals. A number of national institutions are current or past members of our Research Consortium, including the Health and Safety Executive, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Acas, Institution of Occupational Safety, Investors in People and Health and Business in the Community.
We have co-authored a discussion paper with Acas, entitled 'The future of health and wellbeing in the workplace'. This is part of the Acas 'Future of Workplace Relations' series and reviews the broadening of the health at work agenda in recent times and highlights future challenges to health and wellbeing, such as the aging workforce and economic austerity measures. Click here to download the paper from the Acas website.
In addition, we work as volunteers on a range of public bodies, working groups and committees. For example:
- British Psychological Society representative on the Council for Work and Health which brings together the professional bodies of professionals in practising in the field of workplace health
- Member of the Wellbeing Sub-group of the Engage for Success movement, which produded a report on The Evidence for Wellbeing and Engagement. The Engage for Success movement is the follow-up work to David MacLeod and Nita Clarke's 2009 report to Government 'Engaging for Success'.
- Involved in a range of consultation responses for the British Psychological Society (BPS) consultation response team, including leading on the BPS response to the NICE call for evidence on management practices for workplace wellbeing and Dame Carol Black's review of the health of the working age population.
- Member and past convenor (founder) of Occupational Psychology in Public Policy (OPIPP) a working group within the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) of the BPS that aims to support the development and implementation of Government Policy through the more effective integration and application of occupational psychology
- Member and past convenor of the DOP health and wellbeing working group, which aims to raise awareness of the role that occupational psychologists play and the contribution they can make to health and wellbeing in the workplace