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Design Council and Impact on Urban Health are working with employers in London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth to design, fund and deliver health and wellbeing products, services and interventions which support the needs of staff on low incomes or those living with long term health conditions.   

COVID-19 has severely impact the employment and health landscape, with significant disruptions to entire industries and a pivot towards protecting the health of residents in Southwark and Lambeth from the virus. As with other parts of the UK, health and social inequalities in these two boroughs have also been exacerbated over the last year.  

Despite the significant investment in ‘employee wellbeing’ programmes, most interventions have a weak evidence base, fail to reach the lowest paid employees and the investment can have little impact when addressing long-term health conditions. In this moment, there is a opportunity to find ways to support workers in Southwark and Lambeth and for research to be developed, shared, and translated for more effective health and wellbeing services.  

Design Council will be working with approximately six to eight employers to co-design, fund and deliver health and wellbeing interventions. Our focus in on using ‘design research’ methods to understand the lived experience of those on low incomes or those with long term health conditions, and then use this insight to co-design interventions which meet employees’ health needs.  

Through developing new products and services we hope to bring new insight into what works for this target group and demonstrate to healthcare providers that there is a viable market for health and wellbeing services for this target group.  

The Implementation Advisory Board

Design Council have found that many existing wellbeing services are not replicated for low income employee groups or for those with long term health conditions. Where they are replicated, the main challenge to their efficacy is in the implementation. A considered needs-based strategy to implement the service is often required, and yet is frequently not integrated into the delivery of health and wellbeing services. 

In order to navigate this common challenge, Design Council are setting up an Implementation Advisory Board to support funded projects with successful delivery. This is a non-executive board, without legal responsibility and is instituted to provide support and advice to the employers who have been successful in their application to the Employer Health Innovation Fund.  

What will you be doing? 

The role of the Implementation Advisory Board is to be available to the Employer Health Innovation Fund to provide advice, support and guidance to employers on the current and anticipated challenges to successful delivery of their health and wellbeing project. 

By convening the board and creating a collaborative space for employers to discuss challenges with the board, we hope to ensure each project is successful in its aims and expectations and can meet the aims of the Employer Health Innovation Fund. As some employers may have limited time or capacity to develop a comprehensive health and wellbeing strategy, we are also open to board members providing advice which is beyond the scope of the funded projects.  

The time commitment is attending Board Meetings which take place every 1-2 months over an initial period of 6 months. We do not anticipate this time commitment to increase but due to the flexibility in delivery for each project we may adapt as each project develops.  

Meetings will take place by video link so we are flexible on location so long as a GMT workday is feasible.  

What are we looking for?

If you feel this is the role for you, we want to hear from you. To have a a board that can speak to the various health challenges that the employers may wish to discuss, we need to have inclusive and diverse group. As such we welcome applications from individuals with protected characteristics.  

You must have a strong empathy with our mission to help improve the health outcomes of essential workers through developing better links between researchers, evidence and employers. 

We would particularly welcome applications from people with one or 

more of the following attributes: 

  • Knowledge and experience of workplace health, science and research - especially at the intersection of race, class, gender and social inequalities. 

  • Experience in equality and diversity and inclusive employment practices 

  • Corporate or commercial experience of delivering interventions to support the health and wellbeing of large groups of diverse individuals 

  • Knowledge of employment law and labour economics 

  • Experience in harnessing the capability of citizens and communities to co-produce solutions to real life problems 

A copy of our “Board Member Terms of Reference” can be found here

What difference will you make?

For the right person, this is an opportunity to work at the intersect of innovation, research and health in order to create meaningful impact in the world. 

The role is a paid position, we are offering £300 per half day and looking for up to half a day per month for an initial 6 months.  

How to apply 

The role is being offered on a fixed-term contract, initially for 6 months. This could be extended to 12 months or more. 

If you’re interested in joining us, please get in touch. To help us understand a little more about you we would be grateful if you could share your CV/Professional Profile and outline why you’re interested and what you’d bring to this role. Please also confirm you are able to prove eligibility to work in the UK, and your availability to start. 

We would like to capture some information on your relevant experience and approach to the role. To do this, please complete this online form and this equal opportunities form. Please see our privacy notice on how we will use and process this information.  

Once you have completed the online form, please send your CV and short statement on your interest in the role to with the email subject: EHIF Implementation Advisory Board Member.

We welcome applications throughout July 2021 and the deadline at 6 August 2021 at midday. We’ll get back to you to confirm we’ve received your application and whether we’ll be taking it further through to an informal interview.  

We are looking to appoint by the end of August at the latest. Do not wait until then to submit your application, we will review them as we receive them and are looking to appoint as soon as possible.