The Institute of Employment Studies (IES) has published a new report exploring the evidence base of health and wellbeing interventions used in healthcare and their implications for wellbeing outcomes
The key learning from the report, which was commissioned by NHS Employers, is summarised below.
- There is no single one-size-fits-all solution for workforce wellbeing. Interventions with good take-up and which led to positive wellbeing outcomes were those where healthcare staff had options as to which interventions they could engage with and suited their wellbeing needs.
- The quality and extent of the evidence base is variable and needs more attention. Organisations often use a broad range of interventions, focusing on both mental and physical wellbeing, treatment-based and prevention focused interventions. The extent to which these interventions are robustly evaluated is variable. Organisations should pay great attention to evaluating their approaches, including both wellbeing outcomes and process evaluation, and may find it useful to partner with research organisations to do this robustly.
- A whole-system approach to wellbeing should be considered alongside interventions. This includes a focus on the whole employment experience, including element such as workload, autonomy, employee voice and management processes.
You can read the full report: Health and Wellbeing Interventions Rapid Evidence Review on the IES website.
See our evidence base web pages for further information on research.