HR services for schools and academies
Schools’ Choice Wellbeing and Employee Assistance Programme
The health and wellbeing of staff is hugely important in delivering a high-class education to children and young people. Schools’ Choice is delighted to offer a wellbeing and EAP service to schools and academies. We have seen some changes recently as our provider P&MM is now part of Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services. Sodexo regularly tests the market to ensure its products remain competitive and valued. As a result of the market testing, the EAP is now provided by Care first.
The EAP will continue to address three key areas:
Health and wellbeing
Absence management and timely return to work
The EAP continues to provide support for a wide range of issues including: workplace change; work and personal relationships; work-life balance; health and wellbeing (including smoking cessation and weight loss support and guidance); pressure and stress; family and caring issues; consumer rights; finances and debt management and counselling.
The EAP is delivered through a combination of telephone and web-based support. The service accepts self-referrals, manager-led referrals and also referrals from occupational health with the employee’s consent. The manager-led referral process has been simplified so that managers can simply call the EAP line and either pass the phone to the employee or request a call-back.
Both the telephone and web-based support are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year to employees, their immediate family and managers.
The service includes up to six, one hour sessions of confidential face-to-face counselling for employees on a range of personal and work-related matters.
Care first also offers an online personal and interactive wellbeing portal, which helps employees to identify which areas of their wellbeing may need some focus and gives access to tools, information and support to make positive changes.
The portal is available as part of your subscription and is called Zest
Once registered employees have access to:
Personalised training programmes to improve cardio, strength, conditioning and flexibility. Personal progress is tracked graphically and programmes are updates as the employee progresses.
A tailored weight management programme including a calorie-controlled programme which interacts dynamically with the personal fitness programme
An interactive food and exercise diary that records foods consumed and activities completed daily. The interactive food ‘cupboard’ allows the employee to create balanced meals, menus and food lists.
A goal setting tool that allows employees to complete a confidential assessment and create personalised goals.
See below for posters that you can use to publicise the EAP to your employees. This poster is now the same regardless of whether you are an academy or an LA maintained school.
Please note: If you are calling from an LA maintained school, please make sure you inform them that you access this service through Schools' Choice tor receive the correct level of support.