Lisa Savage-Shipway was awarded her PhD in January 2022. Her thesis was entitled: Return to Work following Lower Limb Arthroplasty. Lisa used a mixed methodology approach (systematic review, cohort study, and qualitative interviews) to explore the lived experiences of working-aged individuals undergoing total hip and knee replacement surgery and to identify factors which impact on the time to return to work.


Martin Stevens has been awarded a PhD for his thesis entitled: ‘THE ROLE OF MODIFIABLE WORK-RELATED FACTORS IN RETIREMENT DECISIONS. THE HEALTH AND EMPLOYMENT AFTER FIFTY, FACTORS INFLUENCING RETIREMENT STUDY (HEAF FIRST). A MIXED METHODS STUDY IN THE UK.’ This work was a mixed methods study consisting of qualitative telephone interviews with retirees, a systematic literature review and a quantitative case-control study exploring the work conditions of workers and retirees. Martin would like to thank his supervisors, colleagues and the members of the HEAF cohort, especially those who agreed to be interviewed for this study

Exploring the impact of Covid-19 on the development and delivery of work and health research during the pandemic period

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to invite you and your research colleagues to participate in a study exploring the practical challenges and impact the Covid-19 pandemic had on the continued development and delivery of work and health research during the pandemic period. Data collected from you will be incorporated into the analyses and I’m happy for you to delegate this to a relevant colleague if you prefer.

The study is also an opportunity for us to consider the potential research priorities for work and health research which are likely to follow in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the changing landscape of work and work practices. For both, we would value feedback of your experiences.

We are inviting researchers who are involved in the development and delivery of work and health research in the United Kingdom and who work in various organisations such as universities, National Health Service, funding bodies, and sectors including the private public (non-NHS), and voluntary sectors (health charities). 

The study is a collaboration between Bath Spa University, King’s College London, Nottingham Trent University and University of Glasgow. Your responses to the survey will be pooled with that of other respondents and the results will be published in a peer-review journal and possibly presented at an occupational health conference at a later date.

We would value your feedback. If you would like to contribute then please follow this link:

Finally, please forward this on to any colleagues who you think would be interested in participating in this study and in this way contributing to understanding the impact of the pandemic on work and health research.

Thank you for your time.

Dr Vaughan Parsons, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust / King’s College London


Dr Evangelia Demou, University of Glasgow


Dr Elaine Wainwright, Aberdeen University


Dr Maria Karanika-Murray, Nottingham Trent University


Dr Vaughan Parsons  (PhD)

Research manager and research fellow

Occupational Health Service, St Thomas’ Hospital

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust /

Faculty of Life Science & Medicine, King’s College London

Mob: 07715 897 633




Karen Walker-Bone has co-authored this paper which has been published online in the journal,  Current Treatment Options in Rheumatology, with Danielle AWM van der Windt from School of Medicine, Primary Care Centre Versus Arthritis, Keele University. The article can be found here.

EULAR Points to Consider (PtC) for designing, analysing and reporting of studies with work participation as an outcome domain in patients with inflammatory arthritis

Suzanne Verstappen and Karen Walker-Bone from the MRC Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work are co-authors of this new paper about designing and reporting studies on work and MSDs: EULAR Points to Consider (PtC) for designing, analysing and reporting of studies with work participation as an outcome domain in patients with inflammatory arthritis. Boonen A, et al,  Ann Rheum Dis 2021;80:1116–1123. doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2020-219523  Boonen A, et al. Ann Rheum Dis 2021;80:1116–1123. doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2020-219523

Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research at Institute for Employment Studies (IES) takes part in Virtual Workshop convened by National Academics of Sciences

Professor Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research at the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) recently took part in a public virtual workshop convened by the National Academies of Sciences entitled:  “Exploring Strategies for Sustainable Systems-Wide Changes to Reduce the Prevalence of Obesity”.  The workshop included presentations from a diverse range of speakers and was followed by panel discussions about the issues of weight bias, stigma and obesity in the workplace setting.  Stephen’s presentation: “Obesity Stigma at Work: improving inclusion and productivity” included published findings from the Health and Employment After Fifty (HEAF) study that found an association between obesity, and particularly severe obesity with adverse employment outcomes, especially in women over 50 years of age. The article is available here.