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Employee well-being: from first steps to full potential (Portsmouth Group)

CIPD Wessex Branch

Thursday, 11 May 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST)

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Portsmouth Group

6.00 pm refreshments available, with the event starting promptly at 6.30 pm and finishing just before 8 pm


A healthy workplace is not just a nice to have.  It's a business imperative in a fast-changing world.  A strategic approach to well-being is fundamental to healthy and productive employees, sustainable business and societies.  This event, which is scheduled to take place during Mental Health Awareness Week (8th - 14th May 2017) builds on other topics previously covered during the Portsmouth CIPD Group Programme. It will provide participants not only with access to the latest research on employee well-being, but also to practical expertise in this topical area.

During the first part of this session, and drawing on the key findings from the CIPD's recent employee well-being policy report, Rachel Suff CIPD's Policy Adviser will examine how you can develop your own well-being approach for maximum impact.  Starting with the fundamentals of a healthy workplace, Rachel will pose the core questions to consider to help take your well-being approach from first steps to full potential.

The second half of the event will be led by Alex Long, Portsmouth Wellbeing Centre Manager.  As a main provider of support for adults suffering from mental health issues across Portsmouth, Solent Mind delivers a range of services aimed at enabling people to better cope with their conditions. Alex will explain the services offered to help people improve both mental and physical wellbeing, using case study examples to illustrate the range of distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills taught at the Centre. A person centred and enabling approach to help dismantle mental health stigma is at the core of Solent Mind's philosophy.

The event will end with a question and answer session.

As a result of attending, you will:

  • Gain insight into CIPD's latest research and its potential implications for your own organisation
  • Be able to identify the fundamentals of a healthy workplace and how these might apply to your own
  • Be aware of the services provided by Solent Mind and how these could support employees of the organisation in which you work


Our speakers

Rachel Suff joined the CIPD as a Policy Adviser in 2014 to increase the CIPD's public policy profile and engage with politicians, civil servants, policy-makers and commentators to champion better work and working lives.  An important part of her role is to ensure that the views of the profession inform CIPD policy thinking on issues such as health and well-being, employee engagement and employment relations.  As well as conducting research on UK employment issues, Rachel helps guide the CIPD's thinking in relation to European developments affecting the world of work.  Rachel's prior roles include working as a researcher for XpertHR and as a Senior Policy Adviser at ACAS.

Alex Long has worked as a Support Time Recovery Worker in Adult Mental Health for both Southern Health NHS Trust and Solent NHS Trust prior to his role as Wellbeing Team Leader for Solent Mind, the Mental Health Charity. During his time in the NHS he has worked in both inpatient roles on Psychiatric Intensive Care Units and in community settings as part of the Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT). Alex now manages a Mental Health Wellbeing Centre in Southsea which is open to direct referrals from CMHT's as well as self-referral. It provides a safe and non-clinical environment for those suffering mental health conditions to participate in groups and workshops geared to help improve wellbeing, both mental and physical.


Professional photography and video production may be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.


Is there parking at the venue?

Pay and display parking in nearby University car parks is available after 5 pm at a cost of £2.

Directions to the venue

Coming into Portsmouth follow the signs for Gunwharf Quays. Turning right onto Park Road you will see the United Services Sports ground on your left. Continue down this road to the first set of traffic lights (junction with Burnaby Road).  Turn right at the traffic lights under the railway arches and immediately on the left is the Registry Office. A large University car park is situated behind this building.

What refreshments will be on offer?

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Do you have questions about Employee well-being: from first steps to full potential (Portsmouth Group)? Contact CIPD Wessex Branch

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University of Portsmouth
Portland Building
Portland Street
PO1 3DE Southsea
United Kingdom

Thursday, 11 May 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST)

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