ESRC PrOPEL Hub Spotlight on Health and Social Care: Event Series, June-July 2021

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    Date(s) - June 7, 2021 - July 2, 2021
    3:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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    The COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted the extent to which society depends upon essential workers, with health and social care workers in particular playing a critical role in pulling us through the crisis. Last year people took to the streets to applaud their heroic work.  But what happens now that the clapping has stopped?

    Across June and July, the ESRC PrOPEL Hub will be hosting a series of free events drawing on evidence gathered before and during the pandemic to explore the implications of Covid-19 for employment relations in the Health & Social Care sector across the four UK nations.  For details of planned events and links to register, please head to

    Or you can register for individual events here:

    Employee Engagement and Productivity in the National Health Service in England, Monday 7 June, 3-4pm

    The links between employee experience and individual and organisational performance have been well documented.  However, how does this translate to a healthcare setting? How does employee engagement impact patient outcomes such as patient satisfaction, patient mortality and infection rates?  What are the implications for people management in the healthcare sector? At this webinar, Christian van Stolk, Executive Vice President at RAND Europe will explore how staff engagement is linked with both individual outcomes – such as rates of absenteeism or presenteeism – and patient and organisational outcomes such as better quality of care and financial performance. Register for free at:


    Understanding Human Capital amongst Social Care Employees, Tuesday 8 June, 3-4pm

    Non-profit organisations (NPOs) are established to fulfil a collective, public or social need and – as the name suggests – are ‘not for profit’! However, NPOs now face growing competition for funding and resources to survive. To enhance their organisational value, performance and ultimately competitiveness, they are increasingly looking to progressive management strategies as a solution. What benefits and limitations does such an approach have within an NPO? How does the requirement that NPOs be competitive and sustainable impact their ability to fulfil their original social mission?

    At this webinar, Dr Martin McCracken, Ulster University Business School and Dr Denise Currie, Queens University Belfast, will explore what the evidence tells us and consider implications for policymakers and practitioners. Register for free at:


    Wellbeing, Working Life and Coping Strategies during COVID-19– Experiences of Health and Social Care Workers, Tuesday 10 June, 3-4pm

    The last year has thrown up numerous challenges for health and social care workers often juggling increased workloads, stressful working environments and personal responsibilities.  How has the mental wellbeing of health and social care workers been impacted and what coping strategies have they adopted during this challenging time? At this webinar, Dr Denise Currie, Queens University Belfast, Dr Paula McFadden, Ulster University and Dr Jermaine Ravalier, Bath Spa University, will give a snapshot of findings from research carried out during two different phases of the COVID-19 crisis and discuss practical tips for managers, employers and regulators on how to best support their workforce through the pandemic and into a ‘rebuilding phase’ post pandemic. Register for free at:


    Partnership working and work engagement in NHS Scotland, Monday 14 June, 3-4pm

    Partnership working in NHS Scotland has been crucial to employment relations for more than two decades and has recently been required to pivot towards health and social care integration, and contribute to responses to the COVID19 crisis. Research by the University of Strathclyde in partnership with NHS Scotland has assessed the impact of Partnership arrangements; and how they set the context for employee engagement strategies across the NHS and care. At this webinar, Patricia Findlay and Colin Lindsay, University of Strathclyde share insights from more than a decade worth of research into partnership working in the NHS and care sector and consider the future of partnership working post Covid-19. Register for free at:


    Inclusive leadership in the NHS – in conversation with Roger Kline, Tuesday 18 June, 11-12pm

    In this session, Richard Saundry of the Centre for Decent Work at the University of Sheffield will be talking to Roger Kline, Research Fellow at Middlesex Business School about his extensive work in the NHS around the development of inclusive leadership. Roger will outline the case for more inclusive approaches to leadership and management and the practical steps that NHS organisations and those in other sectors can take to make this a reality. Register for free at:


    Enhancing fairness and justice in people managementFriday 2 July, 1-2pm

    This session explores the development of a Just and Learning Culture at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, which has transformed the way that potential disciplinary issues are managed and had a wider impact on organisational culture. Amanda Oates, Executive Director of Workforce and Kristina Brown, Northumbria University will discuss this innovative work and lessons for organization inside and outside the NHS. Register for free at:

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