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Workforce Health and Wellbeing ARIOPS Conference. John Abbott 18 th October 2013 . Background to the project. The project so far…. June 2011 RSSB highlights to its board the risks associated with poor health management

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Workforce Health and WellbeingARIOPS Conference

John Abbott

18th October 2013

Background to the project

The project so far…

  • June 2011 RSSB highlights to its board the risks associated with poor health management

  • April 2012 following widespread industry engagement and consultation the Workforce Health and Wellbeing Project is established

  • 2012 – 2013 during Phase 1 of the work a baseline of information is gathered and some helpful tools are developed.

  • 2013 – 2014 for Phase 2 the project team looks to develop a roadmap for health and wellbeing management within rail and to specify a health data collection framework.

RSSB Board

The RSSB Board is comprised of Chief Executives and Managing Directors from each constituent of the rail industry.


FOC Companies

Network Rail

Project Oversight

  • WHWP PWGThe workforce health and wellbeing project working group provides strategic input


RSSB Project Management

Project Task Groups

Project Tasks

Trade Union Membership

  • Key:

  • Oversight

  • Stakeholder input and direction

  • Project Activities

Association of Rail Industry Occupational Health Providers



Phase 1:

Prepare the ground and develop a platform to enable proactive health management by:

  • Continuing to raise health awareness, build the case and appetite for proactive health management

  • Understanding capabilities needed to enable proactive management of health

  • Assisting rail companies with tools and information so that the industry is proactively responding to the health challenge

    Phase 2:

    Looks to build on the phase 1 platform and set out industry’s needs to establish proactive health management by:

  • Developing a roadmap to map out the capabilities needed to improve industry health and wellbeing performance

  • Specifying the health data collection framework identified within phase 1

Phase 1 - reports and tools

Health and Wellbeing Roadmapping

Background and Aims of Workshop

  • Purpose of the roadmap:

    ‘We are looking for a roadmap to bring about commitment and understanding for a series of well-planned, effective and prioritised tasks that a diverse range of stakeholders believe will improve health and wellbeing management within the railway and therefore the health and wellbeing of the Rail Workforce and the efficiency of the sector’.


  • Numbers:

  • 100+ participants over three workshops

  • Who needs to have been involved for the outputs to have broad credibility?

    • Immediate Roles: HR Managers, Health & Safety Managers, Occupational Health Specialists, Operations Managers

    • Organisations: Train Operating Companies, Freight Operating companies, Network Rail, Infrastructure Contractors, Suppliers, Occupational Health Providers, Trade Unions, ORR, RSSB, ISLG, ATOC, Rail Industry Association (RIA), ARIOPS

    • Influencers: Dame Carol Black, Nita Clarke, Bridget Juniper

Roadmapping- Linking future to present


How can

we get


Where are

we now?

Where do

we want

to go?

Trends &


D 1

D 2

D 2


M 1

M 2

M 2

M 3


M 4

O 1

O 1

O 2

O 2



O 3

O 4

T 1

T 1

T 2

T 4

C 6


& Capabilities

C 3

T 5



E 1



E 2

Staff / skills

What ideas do we need to present to the RSSB Board?

  • Morning: Scan (‘Landscape’)

  • Large group activity

  • Broad scope

  • Share and capture perspectives

  • Link, focus and prioritise

  • Afternoon: Probe (‘Landmark’)

  • Small group activity

  • Focused scope

  • Share and capture expertise

  • Organise, plan and action

S-Plan Workshop Process

Google Earth

Next Steps

  • Bring together the findings of the roadmapping workshops

  • Develop a graphic to bring out the main points for communication

  • Present the roadmap to the RSSB Board

  • Undertake outcome tasks:

    • Develop industry health data collection

    • Focus on OH Provider relationships

    • Focus on voluntary standards

    • Develop other tasks identified on the roadmap…

Any Questions?

John Abbott –

For more information please contact

Darryl Hopper

Project Manager

Workforce Health and Wellbeing Project


Tel: (+44) 0203 1425389

Fax: (+44) 0203 1425672

Mobile: (+44) 07876 578981


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