October/November 2017 (vol. 14/3)

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Did NICE get it all wrong?

Why NICE’s workplace health and wellbeing guidance has not hit the mark


Mixed-methods research on the development and implementation of NICE workplace health and wellbeing guidance suggests that guidelines aimed at promoting physical activity in the workplace and on improving mental wellbeing at work have had little impact. Adrian Baker discusses his PhD research findings and the lessons that should be learnt for the future development of workplace health guidelines.

In, the late 2000s, occupational health (OH) was undergoing a major introspection that culminated in the publication of the Black Review on the health of Britain’s working-age population (2008)1 and the Boorman Review on the health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce (2009)2. These reports were published in parallel to public health guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on physical…


Adrian Baker is a freelance writer and blogger. His PhD was joint-funded by the Colt Foundation and University College London, and supervised by Professors Rosalind Raine and Glenn Robert.

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Occupational Health at Work October/November 2017 (vol. 14/3) pp14-16

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