SLaM’s Wheel of Wellbeing Evaluation


Our Theory of Change for the Wheel of Wellbeing, and accompanying report, are now available to download:

Theory of Change for the SLaM Wheel of Wellbeing

SLaM Wheel of Wellbeing Theory of Change Report

What is this research?

The Wheel of Wellbeing is a visual framework made up of six universal themes that underpin mental (and physical) health and wellbeing: body; mind; spirit; people; place; planet. Based on the principles of positive psychology, it is a simple approach to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. See for more detail.

The Wheel of Wellbeing was initially developed by the Mental Health Promotion Team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), who have used it in a range of contexts. From April 2017, the Wheel of Wellbeing is being taken forward by Maudsley International.

Since 2016, the McPin Foundation have been working with SLaM to develop an evaluation framework for the Wheel of Wellbeing.

Why is this research important?

As the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing becomes a public health priority, it is important to understand more about the theory behind wellbeing programmes, and look at whether they are having an impact – so that commissioners and service providers can learn about what works, what can be improved, and how they can invest in the most effective projects,

What are we doing?

We are developing an evaluation framework for the Wheel of Wellbeing. This involves creating a Theory of Change for the model (available to download above), developing data capture tools and piloting these, and finally, producing an evaluation guide for organisations who wish to use the Wheel of Wellbeing in a range of contexts.

What is the current status of the project?

The project began in August 2016 and is due to end in August 2017.

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information about the project, or to speak to a researcher, please email