Rachel Lewis and Emma Donaldson-Feilder from Affinity Health at Work demonstrate the use of evidence based practice in relation to enhancing organisational health improvement plans.
Briner et al’s (2009) model of evidence-based practice is well regarded and widely used and therefore seemed an ideal framework for Affinity Health at Work to use when we were invited to help a large transport organisation develop their Health Improvement Plan.
The aim of the project was to identify what health improvement activities would be best for this organisation and how best to implement these to increase effectiveness.
The purpose of using an evidence-based practice model was to assist the client in taking a rigorous approach in understanding the range of perspectives relevant to its Health Improvement Plan.
The Briner et al model proposes that four types of evidence be examined: the best available external research evidence, practitioner expertise and judgement, evidence from the local context and perspectives of stakeholders, those who may be affected by the interventions.
Practitioners within the organisation were also given checklists to aid in deciding whether interventions would work in their setting.
The organisation benefited not only from the findings of the work but also the manner in which the work was carried out (see below)
The primary aim of the project was to help the organisation establish which health improvement activities would be most appropriate and how best to implement these to increase effectiveness.
However, the results of the project have also been disseminated more generally and it is hoped that this will benefit other organisations and their employees.
The project was featured in the London Health Commission’s report on its Call for Evidence on workplace health and wellbeing, which was published in April 2014 and has also received coverage through professional journals and conferences.
The team won the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Practitioner of the Year Award 2014 for the project.
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