We want our employees to feel fully supported if they are struggling, we recognise that we have a duty of care to look after our employee’s health and mental wellbeing, whilst they are at work and to try to ensure that workplaces and our working environments are safe. With that in mind we have developed the following:

  • Our Employee Assistance Programme is a key part of our Employee Benefits Package, providing:
    • A range of information and practical support for problems at work and at home, including: anxiety, bereavement, stress, depression, workplace issues, trauma, relationships, finances, and family difficulties
    • Telephone access to appropriately qualified professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year 
    • Independent, confidential counselling support provided by caring and suitably qualified personnel
    • An online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programme and an extensive range of CBT workbooks 
  • Mental Health Support Clinics- our Wellbeing Practitioner is there to help employees to gain support from external organisations or internal resources and help the manager support the employee in work, for example by conducting stress risk assessments with the manager and employee.
  • BOB - bounce back with buoyancy -  life does have unavoidable challenges at times and this training gives employees the tools to meet the challenges and transverse them.
  • 1:2:1 Counselling - face-to-face or via Microsoft Teams
  • Mental Health First Aid Responders - a mental health first aid responder are our council colleagues who have trained to become a responder. They can be identified by posters in buildings, email signatures, lanyards or contact details on the intranet- just type mental health first aid responders. These people are there to talk to if you are struggling and they will support you in getting help.
  • Wellbeing Champions – trained employees who have volunteered to support the wellbeing of staff.
  • Wellbeing Wednesdays – a Health and Wellbeing Nurse runs the clinic to assess a range of issues, including BP, cholesterol, blood sugar and skin assessments, breast examination and much more. Giving advice and making referrals if required.
  • Menopause clinic- our Health and Wellbeing Nurse is able to support employees who are either going through menopause themselves or want to help someone they know. The nurse can advise/educate on the latest treatments and often contact your GP to suggest interventions/support that may be helpful.
  • Podiatry Clinic- this service is available to staff who spend a large portion of their day on their feet as part of the job role. The podiatrist can assess and advise on treatment to help reduce or remove pain when standing and walking.
  • Monthly Be Safe, Be Healthy, Be Well Newsletter- These newsletters provide advice and up to date information on health and wellbeing.
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