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What works in maritime wellbeing: rapid evidence assessment

Establishing a baseline of evidence on maritime wellbeing

The link between psychological welfare and safety in critical infrastructure industries was established by a 2020 EIC commissioned report. The Foundation is keen to build on this by focussing specifically on wellbeing in the maritime sector. At this stage, we want to establish a baseline of evidence and so we have commissioned Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University, to conduct a rapid evidence assessment to pull together all the existing industry/academic published literature on interventions to support the wellbeing of people working in maritime sectors. Interventions in this context can be wide ranging from helplines and printed leaflets, to improved connectivity with shore, improved conditions at sea or alterations to working patterns. We see this work as a stepping-stone towards taking a systematic approach to understand what interventions work, why they work and for who, which could take the form of a ‘what works’ approach. 

‘What works’ is a method that can be used to improve the impact that research findings have on people’s lives. It is based on the principle that good decision making is underpinned by good evidence, and if that evidence isn’t available, robust ways of generating that evidence should be established. What works recognises that research evidence on its own isn’t enough; you need to know how and why something works and finally, how to implement what is known. The Foundation is considering using this approach to try to improve the wellbeing of workers in the maritime sector. 

Please get in touch if you are aware of industry/academic literature that you would like to flag to us, for inclusion in the report. Or indeed if you have positive or indeed negative experience of interventions and have details of how these have been monitored. We would need this information by mid-March 2022. 

This current project will tell us what published knowledge exists already and show where the gaps are in knowledge. Project findings will be reported later in 2022. The evidence and insight generated by this work will provide a basis for discussions with key stakeholders across the sector. 

For further information about the project, please get in touch via the form below.

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