Sally Wilson

BSc, PhD

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Senior Research Fellow

sally.wilson@employment-studies.co.uk

+44(0)1273 763 463

Sally has more than fifteen years’ experience of applied research in health and wellbeing and currently leads on this area of policy research at IES. Her work spans occupational health and safety, stress and mental health, as well as chronic illness and disability. Sally has a particular interest in workplace mental wellbeing, including interventions to manage workplace stressors, as well as measures to help people return and re-enter work who have lived experience of mental health conditions. More broadly her expertise also extends to quality of work, work-life balance and working while caring. She recently project managed a large evaluation for the Social Care Institute for Excellence looking at local interventions to support carers in employment.

Sally has a background in behavioural and health sciences having completed a PhD in neuropsychology at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, which involved case study work with patients at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Within IES, Sally has worked with a wide range of clients including the Ministry of Defence, the Health and Safety Executive, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Mind, Macmillan and the Police Federation of England Wales (PFEW). In a European context she has managed a number of research projects for EU-OSHA (the European Agency for Occupational Safety and Health at Work), including an evaluation of an EU-wide initiative to raise awareness of health and safety among school-age children.

At a more local level, Sally worked with a London Borough to evaluate a health mentoring and referral scheme for young people, delivered in a youth centre setting. Currently she is leading an evaluation of Mind's Workplace Wellbeing Index for employers and advising on the remit of a Public Health England project on worklessness.

Before joining IES she worked at the Health and Safety Laboratory (part of the Health and Safety Executive) and at the Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing, as well as the Age and Cognitive Performance Research Centre at the University of Manchester.

Education

1999 University of Cambridge, MRC Cognition and
Brain Sciences Unit
PhD
1994 University of Nottingham BSc, Psychology

Career

2004‑2006 Research Fellow, Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing, University of Sheffield
1999‑2004 Senior Psychologist, Health and Safety Laboratory

Research publications

Articles and chapters

Conference appearances

  • Student wellbeing and what it means for recruiters, Pollard E, Wilson S, Graduate Recruitment Network seminar on student wellbeing and what it means for recruiters, Graduate Recruitment Network, London, June 2018
  • Roundtable contributor, Wilson S, Social Market Foundation roundtable on the role of family in providing care, Social Market Foundation, London, April 2018
  • Managing mental wellbeing in a research environment: some lessons from other sectors, Wilson S, Vitae conference: Preparing researchers for an unknown future: Cultures, behaviours and mindsets, Vitae, Birmingham, January 2018
  • Exploring the wellbeing, mental health and retention of postgraduate researchers, Wilson S, Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2017, Vitae, Birmingham, September 2017
  • Finding the Right Balance, What Works for Working Carers, Wilson S, Long Term Conditions: Health at work conference 2017, Sterling Events, Birmingham, March 2017
  • Organisational responses to mental health, Wilson S, Mental Health at work, The @ Work Partnership, London, February 2017
  • Long-term sickness absence: why it matters and what can be done, Wilson S, Long-term sickness absence: Employee, employer and the State, Eversheds, Leeds, December 2014
  • Long-term sickness absence: why it matters and what can be done, Wilson S, Long-term sickness absence: Employee, employer and the State, Eversheds, London, November 2014
  • Long-term sickness absence: why it matters and what can be done, Wilson S, Long-term sickness absence: Employee, employer and the State, Eversheds, Leeds, November 2014
  • Evidence Review for Preparing, Sustaining and Enhancing Psychological Resilience in the UK Armed Forces, Wilson S, 3rd Military Psychological Well-Being Conference 2014: The Psychological Well-being of the Military in Transition, The British Psychological Society (Wessex Branch), Shrivenham, November 2014
  • Long-term sickness absence: why it matters and what can be done, Wilson S, Long-term sickness absence: Employee, employer and the State, Eversheds, Birmingham, October 2014
  • Panel discussion: Targetted occupational health issues including stress, rehabilitation and gender related issues, Wilson S, Pushing health up the workplace agenda, British Safety Council, London, October 2014
  • Quality of working life and wellbeing in an era of austerity and underemployment: A UK perspective, Wilson S, Qualite de vie au travail, Entreprise & Personnel, Paris, February 2013
  • Occupational health and workability, Wilson S, Age Management in a Maturing Workforce 'Fine wine in old bottles', RoSPA and TAEN - The Age Management and Employment Network, Birmingham, June 2010
  • Achieving Change Using the Supply Chain Model in Construction, Wilson S, HSE Seminar: Tackling Health Issues in Construction - the Supply Chain Model, Health Risk Management Unit, Construction Division, HSE, London, June 2010
  • Managing Absence, Wilson S, Fit for work: reducing and preventing absence, Eversheds, Manchester, May 2009
  • Preventing future absence, Wilson S, Fit for work: reducing and preventing absence, Eversheds, Manchester, May 2009
  • Employee financial well-being: what should employers know and do about it?, Wilson S, Fit for work: reducing and preventing absence, Eversheds, Manchester, May 2009
  • Preventing future absence, Wilson S, Fit for work: reducing and preventing absence, Eversheds, London, May 2009
  • Health and employment: an employer perspective, Aston J, Wilson S, 17th UKPHA Annual Public Health Forum, UKPHA, London, March 2009
  • Mental health issues at work: recent interventions and implications for employers and policy makers, Wilson S, Lucy D, IES 40th Anniversary Work and Well-being seminar, IES, London, October 2008

Advisory roles and affiliations

  • Expert witness to Work and Pensions Select Committee evidence session on support for carers (2018 - 2018)
  • Specialist Advisor to Working Age Dementia Study, Public Health England (2015 - 2016)
  • Member of advisory committee for Nuffield Foundation funded research on Lone Parents, Mental Health and Employment (2011 - 2011)

Projects