Physical environments and employee wellbeing: topic overview

Public Health England, August 2015

This paper provides an overview of the literature on the impact of particular elements of the physical work environment on employee wellbeing including office layout, office furniture, workplace lighting and temperature, and employee control over their work environment.

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What is happening to children and young people’s risk behaviours?

Cabinet Office, 18 August 2015

The Horizon Scanning Programme Team led a research project on ‘risk behaviours’ in children and young people in the first year of the programme.

Risk behaviours potentially expose people to harm, or significant risk of harm which will prevent them reaching their potential, or damage their health and wellbeing. The evidence suggests a slow and steady decline in risk behaviours and negative outcomes, such as drinking, drug use, smoking, youth crime, suicide, and teenage pregnancy.

This paper summarises the views of the academics, practitioners, policy officials and young people at this discussion. It is not a statement of government policy.

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Stand during working day to prevent health risks of sedentary jobs, says guidance

BMJ, 2 June 2015

People whose jobs are predominantly desk based should be encouraged to stand up and walk about for at least two hours during each working day, says the first UK guidance developed to reduce the health risks of prolonged sitting at work….

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Developing evidence-enriched practice in health and social care with older people

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 30 April 2015

An innovative project looking at how evidence can be used to enrich practice, based on research from the Jospeh Rorwntree Foundation’s A Better Life programme, has released its findings.

The project demonstrated the benefits of using research and related contextual evidence in developing services and workforces, resulting in improved wellbeing for older people, carers and staff.

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Talking Together: Facilitating peer support activities to help people with learning disabilities understand about growing older and living with dementia

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, May 2015

The fact that people with learning disabilities are living longer raises many questions about how they can be supported to have a good life with opportunities to be involved and connected with others into old age.

This handbook describes how to run facilitated peer support groups where people use their understanding and experiences to help each other, aiming to help people with learning disabilities experience a greater sense of well-being as they grow older.

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What works in promoting social and emotional well-being and responding to mental health problems in schools?

National Children’s Bureau, March 2015

The National Children’s Bureau have produced a one-stop advice and framework document to provide the most up-to-date and evidence informed advice and guidance for schools on ‘what works’ in promoting emotional well-being and mental health in schools.

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