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County council to fund additional wellbeing support for school staff

Published
27.04.2021

The county council is giving all schools, academies, MAT’s and independents in the county, free access to specialist support to look after their staff wellbeing over the next twelve months.

We recognise what a challenging time this is for schools and for all staff across each school community, who have continued to support the county’s children throughout an unprecedented, ever changing and demanding period.

With effect from 1 May 2021 and for the coming year, all staff in schools across Gloucestershire will be able to access support from a 24 hour Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provided by Health Assured, one of the UK’s leading providers of Employee Assistance. Working with the county council since 2016, their counselling service is the only one accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

 

Free Employee Assistance Programme

The new programme will be funded with money received from the government’s ‘Contain Outbreak Management Fund’ (COMF) which provides local authorities with assistance to support public health.

The emphasis will be on helping staff to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing and prevent issues from escalating. The support available for staff includes:

  • A counselling helpline which is available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week
  • Structured counselling, up to six sessions by phone
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and E:counselling
  • Legal advice helplines including debt advice, employment, consumer and finance
  • Access to the ‘My Healthy Advantage’ App
  • Webinars and video resources on health and wellbeing, as well as structured health plans
  • A whole host of supporting materials via a dedicated website and mobile app

The support offered by the programme will be available to staff and their dependent family members. All services will be free at point of use for both the staff member and the school.

 

Reflective Supervision

In addition to the support offered by the Employee Assistance Programme, the COMF funding will be used to offer up to 100 spaces to schools for Reflective Supervision, with up to 4 sessions per participant.

Some schools have used Reflective Supervision before, for example as part of the Trailblazers scheme, and we know from feedback that Head Teachers and school leaders  have found it  particularly valuable so we are very pleased that we are able to extend this support to include more schools.

 

Next steps

Further details regarding how to apply for reflective supervision will be found in future issues of Heads Up so watch this space.

We will be sharing more information about the Employee Assistance Programme with you in the coming weeks on Schoolsnet and this will include guides and video clips that can be shared with all staff.

If your school already has access to some of these services, please be assured that we are not usurping or replacing these. We are providing an additional source of support if required and the offer is available to ALL schools to make use of as they and their staff see fit.

Schools which have already purchased EAP support through the county council’s traded services for the financial year 2021/2022 will be charged for April only. Academies who have purchased an annual subscription will be given a pro rata refund.

 

Further wellbeing support

Our Occupational Health team is available to provide additional support for schools and can offer various workshops to support staff health and wellbeing, in addition to those provided by the EAP scheme mentioned above such as increasing staff resilience.

If you have any questions about any of the above information or would like to speak to us about any additional wellbeing needs your school may have please email ohu@gloucestershire.gov.uk marking your email ‘school staff support’.

 

 

 

 

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