Evaluating health and wellbeing interventions

Evaluating health and wellbeing interventions

20 / 11 / 2014 10.55am

Evaluating your health and wellbeing interventions help to ensure that decisions made to select, invest and continue to provide particular interventions are evidence-based. Demonstrating return on investment and value for money is key in helping you formulate the business case for staff wellbeing and may help you to secure a budget.  

To get a better understanding of how the NHS is evaluating staff health and wellbeing interventions we commissioned Zeal Solutions Ltd to gather evidence on the level and type of evaluation activity being carried out. As part of this research project Zeal also evaluated a self-referral physiotherapy service at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. 

A report of this research was published in November 2014 ‘Evaluating health & wellbeing interventions for healthcare staff: key findings’, is a must-read for those leading on the staff health and wellbeing agenda. It recommends that NHS organisations increasingly share and develop a detailed evidence base, helping to explore what works and what doesn’t.

The report includes:

  • a summary of the key barriers and challenges faced by trusts when conducting evaluations and outlines a response to each barrier
  • a summary of key questions that can be considered when planning or carrying out an evaluation project
  • a summary of the key evaluation findings and benefits of a staff wellbeing (physiotherapy) intervention and outlines the steps taken to evaluate the service
  • ten best practice principles that can be followed to enhance the practice of evaluation within any trust
  • some general reflections and recommendations for moving forward and building a capacity for evaluation across the entire NHS.

Download the full report in our case studies and resources section of the website.

We are always looking for examples of work that we can share across the NHS, so if you have a robustly evaluated an intervention and are willing to share so others can benefit from this too then please contact us healthandwellbeing@nhsemployers.org

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