Leading UK occupational health experts challenged employers and managers to improve well-being in the workplace during our October day seminar, organised in association with South Cumbria and North Lancashire IOSH District.

Speakers used examples of employee well-being programmes from a wide range of work places including the London Olympic Construction projects, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Royal Air Force and Navy, the NHS, and the West Yorkshire Police Force.

Our speakers provided practical advice to help employers and managers ensure that staff go home at the end of the day as fit and healthy as when they came to work. They also gave interesting insights into how improving workplace wellbeing can benefit business operations and improve productivity.

Stephanie Martin-Halls, Dr Chris Shinn, Louis Wustermann and Lauren Booker
Stephanie Martin-Halls, Dr Chris Shinn, Louis Wustermann and Lauren Booker

Louis Wustemann, Managing Editor, Health & Safety at Work Magazine chaired the panel discussion and gave delegates an overview of the challenges faced by employers and managers initiating workplace wellbeing programmes. He drew on the wide experience that he has gained while working as an advisor to the British Council, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and to Local Authorities and while researching his books: Butterworth’s Absence Management Handbook and the IRS Handbook of Flexible Working. http://www.lexisnexis.co.uk/en-uk/home.page


Stephanie Martin-Halls, an Occupational Health Manager with expertise in the field of Health and Wellbeing. Martin-Halls specialises in the design, delivery and evaluation of a range of health and wellbeing programmes in unique work settings such as Heathrow Terminal 5 and the London Olympic Construction projects. She also has nursing experience in the NHS, the private sector, the construction industry and in the Royal Air Force. http://www.healthkickswellbeing.com/

Lauren Booker, Workplace Programme Manager at Alcohol Concern. Booker and her team use a pragmatic, solution-focused approach to reduce absenteeism, accidents and ‘presenteeism’ in the workplace. Her client list includes BT, the Royal Navy, the NHS and Oracle Corporation. Recently she has worked on a revision of the National Occupational Standards for substance misuse and helped to develop a Model Workplace Alcohol Policy for the Government’s Responsibility Deal. http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/

Dr Chris Shinn , Medical Officer for West Yorkshire Police Force, regularly runs initiatives that emphasise the role of healthiness in the prevention of stress and he is an honorary senior clinical lecturer to Leeds University Medical School.

Lucia Holmes, an HSE Occupational Health Specialist HM Inspector of Health & Safety had hoped to make a presentation about the burden of tackling occupational disease but, due to a family bereavement, she was unable to attend.


Links to some of the presentations  plus an additional presentation that summarises relevant occupational health information from HSE’s web site.

HSE occupational health perspective VK Oct 2014

The Nudge, the Hug, the Shove and beyond: engaging employees to reduce alcohol-related harm in the workplace, Lauren Booker, Workplace Programme Manager, Alcohol Concern 

Alcohol Concern Workplace Nudge

Putting the Fizz into Physiology: Understanding workplace stress and the human body, Dr Chris Shinn, Medical Officer, West Yorkshire Police

Workplace stress and the human body

Date of seminar: 16th October 2014

Venue: Netherwood Hotel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6ET