Annual Conference 2020: Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Thu 16 Jan 2020 09:30 to Thu 16 Jan 2020 16:30

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Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel,
12 Upper Woburn Place
London WC1H 0HX


Health and wellbeing is a growing issue and concern for employers today, with significant spend on specialist roles and other resources. However many tools and practices being used lack the evidence to prove their suitability and impact. Building on our track record of research and working in this area, IES is hosting its annual conference to provide access to some of the leading thinking and practice in this area, as well as the opportunity to network with peers across sectors.


Dame Carol Black

Professor Dame Carol Black is currently Chair of the British Library, the Centre for Ageing Better, and Think Ahead, the Government’s fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers. She chairs NHS Improvement’s Advisory Board on Employee Health and Wellbeing, and is Adviser to NHSI and PHE on Health and Work. She is also a member of RAND Europe’s Council of Advisers, and of the Board of UKActive.

Udara Ranasinghe, Employment Lawyer, DAC Beachcroft

Udara is recognised as a market leading employment lawyer. On the non-contentious side, Udara has advised on numerous transactions in both the private and public (predominantly health) sector. He has led on the employment aspects of a public sector outsourcing transaction estimated to be worth £1 billion.

Dr Rob Hampton, Medical Champion for Work as a Health Outcome, Public Health England

Rob Hampton was a GP Partner for 15 years before becoming freelance in 2012. His portfolio includes roles in musculoskeletal care, substance misuse and occupational medicine. He works with Public Health England as one of three Medical Champions for Health & Work. He has led various projects and educational initiatives to support GPs in helping patients with long term conditions to stay at work..

Patrick Thomson, Senior Programme Manager: Fulfilling Work, Centre for Ageing Better

Patrick works closely with employers, recruiters, and intermediaries to bring about behaviour change within organisations to maximise the benefits of the ageing workforce. Patrick has experience of communications, policy, community relations and stakeholder engagement across a range of programmes for central government, major infrastructure projects, SMEs and FTSE 100 companies. 

Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, IES

Stephen has conducted research and consultancy on high-performance work practices, employee reward strategy, performance management, staff engagement and retention, and 'good work'. Stephen is a Board Member of the European HR Director’s Circle and a member of the Britain’s Healthiest Company expert advisory group. Stephen regularly appears in HR Magazine's list of Most Influential HR Thinkerss. He has been an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University Management School since 2010.

Conference Chair

Ed Griffin, Director of HR Consultancy & Research, IES

Ed joined IES as Director of HR Consulting & Research in April 2019. His main expertise include HR effectiveness, inclusion, well-being, organisation design and development, and leadership development. Ed has significant experience and success in transforming HR functions both in the UK and internationally.

Topics we will cover include:

 An expert review of progress on health and wellbeing in the workplace over the last 10 years; with a practical look ahead at where organisations now need to focus in coming years.

• Health and wellbeing from an employment law perspective. Where the employer needs to focus and what changes may lie ahead?

• The links between health and wellbeing and work from the perspectives of Public Health England’s Medical Champion for Work as a Health Outcome.

• The health and wellbeing challenges and benefits of an ageing workforce. What do employers need to do to attract and support an ageing workforce?

• Future challenges for employers – building on IES' research and consultancy. Understanding the future challenges for employers.

Who should attend?

This event is designed for HR and OD professionals, those working in health and wellbeing and senior line managers.

How will you/your organisation benefit from this event?

• Hear the latest thinking around advancing health and wellbeing practice in the workplace.

• Learn about what other organisations are doing to promote health and wellbeing.

• Have the opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities with peers.

• Have the space to think and reflect on what you might do to progress health and wellbeing in your own organisation.