Employee Wellbeing Links

This page lists quick reference links for any professionals responsible for Workplace Health & Wellbeing. It is regularly reviewed and updated and will be expanded over time. Bookmark/add it to your favourites.

Health & Safety Executive

The key resource for Workplace Health, in terms of ensuring compliance with any statutory Health & Safety obligations. Arguably this should always be your start point! https://www.hse.gov.uk/

Their Stress Risk Assessment template is useful as a statutory minimum starting point in preventing and managing workplace stress: http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/risk-assessment.htm

Workplace Infection Control: http://www.hse.gov.uk/biosafety/infection.htm

NHS Conditions Directory

The NHS conditions directory is a great reference source for information on specific conditions, so you can get a reliable initial idea what you’re dealing with. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/

Remploy

https://www.remploy.co.uk/employers/training

Public Health England:

Provides information and advice on national public health issues and campaigns:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

Equality/Disability Discrimination Law

These pages explain the legalities of equality and disability discrimination law. Note disability discrimination may apply to people experiencing long term or chronic illness, including mental health issues: https://www.gov.uk/definition-of-disability-under-equality-act-2010

Further guidance:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/equality-act-guidance

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/protection-against-disability-discrimination

Physical illnesses and long-term conditions

Charity websites are a good place to go for more in-depth insight into a particular illness or disability.

Mental Health

NHS IAPT

The NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme aims to improve patients’ access to therapeutic services. You can search and check your local access provision here: https://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Psychological%20therapies%20%28IAPT%29/LocationSearch/10008

Mind

Mind UK is one of the leading resources on mental health, and features guides. You can also Index your performance on Workplace Mental Health. It doesn’t link with physical health however, and tends to focus on people with diagnosed mental health issues. https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/

Re-Think Mental Illness

Re-Think mental illness again offers significant information and resources around mental health. They also offer Workplace Mental Health training, including the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course and local support groups, which are highly rated by those who use them. https://www.rethink.org/services-groups/mental-health-training

Time to Change campaign

The Time To Change campaign focuses on communications initiatives to reduce the stigma around mental health. Their website features useful training resources and toolkits and the opportunity to access further online training as a Time to Change Workplace Champion. There’s also the opportunity to get involved by participating in the national Time to Change event campaign, held annually in February: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/

Samaritans

Samaritans is a charity focused on suicide prevention and supporting people in mental health crisis. It is well worth signposting individuals in crisis to their support. They also offer Workplace Training how to support people in crisis. https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/workplace/

Samaritans Working with Compassion Guide

A guide to responding compassionately to someone in need of mental health support. Although Wales-specific, this is relevant and valuable for anyone: https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/workplace/working-with-compassion-a-toolkit-for-wales/

Mental Health First Aid England

Provider of licensed Mental Health First Aid training. https://mhfaengland.org/

International Stress Management Association (ISMA)

Provides advice and downloadable Guides, as well as a directory of registered Stress Management Practitioners:
https://isma.org.uk/nsad-free-downloads

Mindful Employer

Mindful Employer provides guidance and template wording to get permission to contact an Employee’s GP: http://www.mindfulemployer.net/files/5814/3089/7864/Requesting_a_Doctors_Report.pdf

Contacting an Employee’s GP

http://www.mindfulemployer.net/

Yoga

The British Wheel of Yoga is the professional membership body for yoga teachers/instructors. You can use their Class Search feature to find a local teacher: https://www.bwy.org.uk/

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