Employee health and wellbeing

Your wellbeing at work is crucial in helping you to achieve your full potential.

To help you stay healthy and supported at work, the council offers a wide range of benefits, services and facilities, including flexible working.

Occupational Health

The council's Occupational Health team has an overview of our staff's wellbeing and provides specialist services for the Authority, for managers and individuals. Information about the Occupational Health team can be found on the Intranet (log in required).

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is available for all Employees

The service is free of charge for you to use and you don't need to ask your manager to use Care first. You can speak to a professional counsellor or information specialist in confidence. Care first is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and is accessible by phone or online.

Care first

To contact Care first, please call 0800 174 319 or access this service confidentially online at Care first - lifestyle (external website)

More information: Employee Assistance Programme

The EAP can provide information booklets, articles, resource information on support services in your local area and even short term face-to-face counselling to help get you back on track. The phone number can be accessed via the intranet (LINC) on the Occupational Health Pages or by asking your line manager, Occupational Health or Human Resources.

The Care first Lifestyle website (external website) offers extensive resources including articles on health, issues at home, issues at work, management support tools, stress questionnaires and online counselling in real-time.

The username and password details can be accessed via the intranet (Linc) or by asking your line manager, Occupational Health or Human Resources.

The Care first Zest website (external website) is an online personal and interactive Wellbeing portal which helps you identify which areas of your Wellbeing may need some focus and gives you all the tools, information and support you need to make positive changes. This unique health management resource helps you enhance your Wellbeing and lead a healthier lifestyle.

The organisation code can be accessed via the intranet (Linc) on the Occupational Health Pages or by asking your line manager, Occupational Health or Human Resources.

The EAP Thrive app: available through app store for both android and iPhone. Search for Thrive Mental Wellbeing to install. You will require email address and a password of your choosing and the authority code in order to sign into the App. The authority code can be accessed via the intranet (Linc) or by asking your line manager, Occupational Health or Human Resources.

What do I use the service for? Care first is designed to help you with a wide range of work, family and personal issues. From work-life balance to childcare information, relationships to workplace issues, health and well-being, let your EAP support you on the issues that affect all of us at some point in our lives. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • work-life balance
  • relationships
  • childcare information
  • health and well-being
  • debt
  • disability and illness
  • careers
  • bereavement and loss
  • stress
  • elder care information
  • life events
  • immigration
  • anxiety and depression
  • family issues
  • bullying and harassment
  • education
  • consumer rights
  • workplace pressure

Wellbeing resources

NHS Wales

Choose Well Wales

DEWIS

Dewis Wales (external website) is the place for information about well-being in Wales. DEWIS has information that can help you think about what matters to you, along with information about local organisations and services that can help.

Getselfhelp.co.uk

GetSelfHelp.co.uk (external website) provides Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) self-help and therapy resources, including worksheets, information sheets and MP3s.

Mental Health

Online help and advice

Menopause

The council is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment for everyone who works here.

Menopause is a natural part of every woman’s life, and it isn’t always an easy transition. With the right support, it can be much better. Whilst every woman does not suffer with symptoms, supporting those who do will improve their experience at work.

Visit the menopause page to find out more.

Health Awareness: menopause in the workplace - what are your rights? (external website)

Health and safety

The council is committed to providing and maintaining a healthy and safe working environment for all its employees. Information about health and safety services can be found on the intranet (log in required).

Work / life balance

The council shows its commitment to a positive work life balance by offering flexible working, generous leave entitlements and the opportunities for extended periods of leave. Visit the leave and attendance pages to find out more.

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