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School of Health and Society

Wellness Works

Wellness Works offers a broad range of evidence-based, work-focused health solutions that address the health and wellbeing needs of individuals, companies and communities.

The centre offers a ‘Total Wellbeing Approach’ using the combined efforts of employers, employees and our clinical and research expertise to provide proactive and reactive strategies for individuals, organisations and the wider community.

It operates using a bio-psychosocial model of provision combining promotion of health and wellbeing, physical and psychosocial rehabilitation and disability management in the workplace using a vocational model. The centre collaborates with organisations locally, nationally and internationally, both  in the public and private sectors.

Total Wellbeing Approach

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Wellness Works specifically tailors the health solutions to meet the physical, mental health and wellbeing needs of individual businesses. These health solutions are continually evaluated and refined, ensuring the delivery of high quality clinical services underpinned by academic excellence.

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Working in collaboration with:

  • KMG Health Partners  
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Association  
  • Greater Manchester New Economy  
  • Tunstall  
  • Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service  
  • Summit OHSS

Wellness Works' unique, evidence-based analysis tools ensure that the products provided meet the individual needs of organisations, maximising return-on-investments.

Organisational health and wellbeing assessment

This organisational needs analysis aids decision making when targeting investment, acting as a practical tool to identify areas of good practice, as well as any gaps relating to healthy workplace practice.   It broadens the understanding of the health and wellbeing challenges specific to individual organisations:

  • Physical and mental wellbeing of employees
  • Physical environment
  • Leadership and management

Employee health and wellbeing assessment

This assessment identifies key issues affecting organisations’ employee health and wellbeing, helping companies to understand their needs and priorities.

Stress profiling

Stress profiling assists in identifying those individuals who are at risk of stress related sickness absence and have abnormal stress levels. It also helps organisations identify the root cause of workplace stress and identify ‘hot spots’ within the organisation.

Environmental / building evaluation

This tool helps businesses to identify facilitators of, and barriers to, the promotion of physical activity within the workplace and suggests solutions that will address these problems.

Data collection

Our centre works with companies to develop their data with regard to the health and wellbeing information they collect by applying an evidence-based approach to measurement, identifying appropriate tested and proven measurement tools, comparing data with industry standards and norms and empowering organisations to use the right information to make robust decisions and innovative plans for the future.


Wellness Works provides independent evaluations of services or organisations, utilising various research methods, models and outcome measures to assist organisations in answering questions and making decisions.

Cost benefit analysis

Cost benefit analysis is one of the evaluation methods offered by Wellness Works. A cost benefit analysis is simply a decision-making tool that determines the worth of an intervention by weighing up the economic advantages and disadvantages. Cost benefit analysis enables organisations to explore information on interventions that can be used to judge their worth, predict their likely impact, and monitor and adjust such interventions through-out delivery.

Wellness Works offers two levels of cost benefit analysis:

1)    Basic Economic Cost Benefit Analysis

- Using relevant data currently collected by organisations e.g. sickness absence data.

2)    Extended Cost Benefit Analysis

- Working with organisations to identify and collect appropriate data.

- Examining the wider benefits and impacts as a result of a particular intervention e.g. economic (sickness absence,  productivity), societal (reputation, Corporate Social Responsibility) and individual (health and wellbeing, quality of life).


“The report is exemplary. It is comprehensive, well written and clearly presented. It describes the necessary steps in the design, preparation, and marketing of such a service, the challenges to be overcome at each stage and in future.” 
- Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health and Work

“The report reiterates the familiar important point that In order to ensure that resources are invested in effective services and interventions, and to identify and develop areas where this may not be the case, it is important to have accurate and consistent data and feedback systems in place for evaluation.”
- Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health and Work

Wellness Works measures outcomes at each step of the process, consistently evaluating and refining our services to maintain our position at the cutting edge of provision.

Comprehensive, user-friendly reports of evaluation findings are provided. The reports summarise areas of strength and opportunities, providing suggestions for further development and enhancement of the company’s health. The reports’ benchmarks draw on the evidence base, current market trends, recent developments within the field and industry standards.

Wellness Works can provide a range of tailor made education and training for you.

Please let us know what your education requirements are by emailing us at

Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation


This course examines health, wellbeing and work (or other meaningful occupation), bringing together the disciplines of occupational and vocational rehabilitation.

Find out more on our Course Finder page.

Previous events

  • Work for Health Training Program
  • Proactive Management Strategies in Avoiding Long Term Sickness Absence
  • Managing Mental Health in a Changing Workplace
  • Managing ill health: facilitating timely and sustained return to work
  • Having the Work Conversation in Routine Healthcare
  • 'Vocational Physiotherapy' for Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Work as Recovery: a vocational rehabilitation approach for MSDs