Health & Wellbeing

  • Health & Wellbeing Strategy


    Through this strategy the Council has a frame work to help improve the health and wellbeing of our employees. Its aim is to promote and encourage wellbeing at work. Wellbeing produces positive attitudes, engagement, motivation and innovative thinking. The Council is committed to continuing to address barriers to wellbeing as well as proactively identifying ways in which it can enhance employee wellbeing. This commitment is supported by elected members, trade unions and senior management teams. We have in place planned wellbeing initiatives,employee support mechanisms and joint working with employees, Trade Unions and other groups, networks and partner agencies.

    The Council has a Health and Wellbeing Policy and Charter, adopted by school governing bodies, so that school based employees are also able to gain access to the initiatives and support mechanisms, over and above the support provided by individual school governing bodies.


    We have achieved the Silver Corporate Health Standard, and are working towards Gold.

  • Occupational Health


    The Council has its own Occupational Health (OH) function whose role is to consider specifically the effects of work on health and an individual's health, ability and fitness to perform a particular job.  Our OH consists of a multidisciplinary team with a professional range of medical health,physiotherapy and psychological services.  We think it is important that in line with Health & Safety obligations, the Council consider any health issues that might affect an employee's ability to safely fulfil the requirements of their job.  OH also supports the Council in its statutory duty to protect the health and welfare of its employees and ensure duty of care.

  • Employee Assistance Programme


    Our Employee Assistance Programme is provided by Carefirst and is available to all employees and offers confidential telephone access for any personal or work related issue. The freephone telephone service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. All calls are answered directly by a team of qualified and experienced counsellors.  Professional information and advice services are also provided by a separate team of information specialists who can deal with personal problems, issues with relationships, family matters, bereavement and work related issues.  As an employee, you are able to receive advice on health and fitness, and healthy eating.There is breadth of information on these topics available through the web based information service.

  • Cycle to Work Scheme


    The Council supports the national cycle to work scheme as part of its commitment to the health and wellbeing of its employees.

  • Health & Wellbeing Directory


    We have a Health and Wellbeing Directory, which is a one-stop shop where employees can find extensive support and information on a wide range of Health and Wellbeing topics. 

  • Face to Face Counselling


    We have an in-house Employee Counselling Service. Our counsellors have extensive experience and expertise and are all accredited to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

     

    In partnership with Cardiff and Vale NHS, employees may be referred by the Occupational Health Specialists for more intensive support to help them deal with issues that are overwhelming them.

  • Eye Testing


    We have an arrangement for employees who use a variety of display screen equipment to access free eye sight tests on a regular basis.

  • Menopause in the Workplace Recognition


    We have guidance to help managers be aware of menopause related issues and how they can affect their employees, either for individuals experiencing this natural stage of life condition, or those who are perhaps affected indirectly,for example, line managers and colleagues or partners of those experiencing the condition.

  • Mental Health Policies


    The Council is committed to promoting and maintaining the mental health and wellbeing of all employees through workplace practices, and encourage employees to take responsibility for their own mental health and wellbeing.  Employees can have a range of professional and practical help and support, which includes the counselling services and on-line self-help advice.

  • Reasonable Adjustments


    The Council has a comprehensive Attendance and Wellbeing Policy. The Policy creates a culture of sickness prevention and synchronised management of sickness absences.  Where appropriate, for employees who are covered by the Equality Act, reasonable adjustments are considered as a means to support the employee in the workplace and to maintain regular attendance.  We offer a reasonable adjustment passport scheme for employees.