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Workforce health and wellbeing ariops conference

Workforce Health and WellbeingARIOPS Conference

John Abbott

18th October 2013

The project so far
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.

Project oversight

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


Workforce health and wellbeing ariops conference

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

Background and aims of workshop
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
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
What ideas do we need to present to the RSSB Board?

S plan workshop process

  • Afternoon: Probe (‘Landmark’)

  • Small group activity

  • Focused scope

  • Share and capture expertise

  • Organise, plan and action

S-Plan Workshop Process

Google Earth

Next steps
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…

Workforce health and wellbeing ariops conference

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