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Rail industry collaboration on health and wellbeing

Through collaborative working the rail industry seeks to build the social capital required for rail to play a UK leading role in the management of employee health and wellbeing.

The Health and Wellbeing Policy Group (HWPG) provides oversight for two risk areas of Leading Health and Safety on Britain’s Railway and is the senior group to consider health across the strategy. Health and wellbeing issues are specifically identified as an important area for development of industry capability and maturity.

The HWPG works by having a champion for each of the key areas of development for health and wellbeing and a supporting group to help develop each key area.

Health and Wellbeing Policy Group and its sub-groups diagram

The role of the Health and Wellbeing Champion is to: 

- Promote and progress a key topic or capability theme from the roadmap 

- Sit on the HWPG to discuss progression of their theme and support other champions

- Chair an industry group and/or coordinate with leads from existing industry groups

- Work in collaboration with a dedicated RSSB technical support for their theme area

- Form a work plan for the development of their theme that: 

  • Is prioritised in conjunction with the industry H&W risk map
  • Agrees outcomes over the next 2-3 years for the theme they champion
  • Supports the delivery of one to three tasks/projects within their theme

- Gain commitments from industry partners to put in resource to run the projects/tasks

- Promote the outputs of tasks/projects in their theme area with industry colleagues.

RSSB’s technical support supplies expertise for the champions and support the ongoing development of the group and its communications. This expertise is either rarely found within industry or plays co-ordinating role for experts found within rail companies. However, the groups will not be successful without the expertise from industry acting within goals the of the collaborative framework.

By forming the HWPG and its network of groups and industry contacts, the industry believes that coordination will achieve:

  1. Collaborative groups reduce the costs of company change programmes through shared resources and range of products
  2. Network participants gain opportunities for CPD points and share work experiences with other change agents, aiding momentum and focus
  3. Members are connected. Communication channels are highly active via industry groups, a dedicated list of company contacts, e-bulletins and briefs
  4. Within rail, health services are strong, standards drive good performance, and our companies know how to get the best use of medical knowledge
  5. We manage health in the supply chain and in the design of technology and automation to minimise health risks entering the rail system
  6. Duty holders use company data to monitor performance and use cross-industry data to benchmark and gain context for health risk
  7. Benchmarking and networking creates a shared understanding of risk and therefore priorities for investment and change
  8. We have good understanding of our health risks and control them as low as reasonably practicable
  9. We horizon scan to understand societal health risks so we can mitigate negative impacts and make use of medical technology
  10. We work alongside our employees to support good mental health and physical wellbeing
  11. Our managers are confident about managing health and wellbeing issues and are happy to discuss them with their teams

Further details on the makeup of the HWPG, its ways of working and sub groups are explained in the group’s brochure.

The health and wellbeing network of groups produce a regular brief to industry to maintain awareness of activities and important news and information related to the key themes.

To become involved with Railway Network to Collaborate on Health and Wellbeing please contact: Health&Wellbeing@rssb.co.uk.

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