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On 1 December the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University welcomed MD Club members to its latest event. South Yorkshire’s businesses, academics, and organisations joined us to network and learn about the research done to identify and combat workplace burnout.

The talks opened with Professor Paul Hatton, Faculty Director of Research & Innovation at the University of Sheffield to introduce the panel of academics from both Sheffield Universities to discuss their research on burnout prevention and well-being, with the real-world findings that can be applied to workplace practice.

Next to join the panel was Tom Maden-Wilkinson, Associate Professor at Sheffield Hallam University’s Physical Activity, Wellbeing & Public Health Research Group (PAWPH). Tom shared how PAWPH and the SHU Wellness programme can support employees and businesses with lifestyle behaviour change through a person-centred approach to enhance health, wellbeing and productivity. The service supports face-to-face and online reviews on lifestyle, physical activity and healthy eating, as well as employee support and line manager training.

Next up we welcomed Helena Turner at Sport Sheffield, as we engaged with breathing practices, relaxation and meditation that can be employed whilst sat on a chair at work.

Lastly, the panel closed with Jason Brannan, Deputy Director, Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. Jason thanked all delegates for attending and opened up the networking for the remainder of the evening.

Thank you to all who joined us! If you’d like to find out more information about the event or if you’d like us to introduce you to the right person, contact us at

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