Archive for June, 2015

UK EAPA welcomes NICE recommendations to improve employee health and wellbeing

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UK EAPA welcomes NICE recommendations to improve employee health and wellbeing

 

The UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) welcomes the recently published recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) regarding ‘Workplace policy and management practices to improve the health and wellbeing of employees’.

 

“Achieving the focus on health and wellbeing in the workplace, as recommended in this latest NICE report, will help organisations to develop and sustain a strong workplace for the future. As outlined by NICE, promoting the health and wellbeing of employees is good practice and will enable employers to create a healthy and productive workplace, something that EAPs have been encouraging and enabling for many years,” said Andrew Kinder, chair of the UK EAPA.

 

“EAPs have a unique role in supporting employees to identify and resolve personal concerns and issues that may affect job performance. In tandem with the recommendations in this report, it’s important to consider the capability and expertise EAPs have to enable line managers to effectively support their people and equip them with the knowledge and confidence that’s necessary to support employees who are struggling with this type of issue.

 

“The opportunity to make management referrals to the EAP and also encouraging employees to make direct contact with their EAP too is an important factor in addressing the effect that a poor working environment – and its impact on mental wellbeing – can have on peoples’ lives,” he said.

 

To read the NICE recommendation in full, just follow this link.

Therapy Today publishes UK EAPA response – In defence of EAPs…

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Therapy Today publishes UK EAPA response – In defence of EAPs…

The UK EAP market has changed in recent years, becoming more competitive, welcoming a number of new entrants and marking a noticeable shift in the way EAPs are sold, bought and promoted by organisations.

In a letter published in Therapy Today, Andrew Kinder, on behalf of the Board of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association, responds to a contributor’s letter about current EAP provision.

In his response, the UK EAPA Chair says:

“The UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) was established by the EAP industry to represent the interests of those working in the employee assistance field and to promote the highest standards of practice in EAP delivery. Since the industry is not formally regulated, it is important that buyers of these services carefully choose the right EAP that meets their needs. EAPA has taken an active role to help educate buyers and has published a variety of documents to assist purchasers in making an informed choice, all of which are available to download, free of charge…,

“EAPs have become a vital part of an employer’s toolkit to support and nurture the psychological health of employees and this privileged position is underlined by the ‘Health at Work – an independent review of sickness absence’ report (Dame Carol Black and David Frost CBE, November 2011), which emphasised the positive impact that EAPs can have when it comes to supporting the mental health of organisations and their employees…

“Yet, rightly so, this position can only be maintained if the unique relationship between EAP provider, employer, counsellor and client is nurtured and maintained and that the needs of the individual employees remain central in the planning, promotion and delivery of services.”

You can read a copy of the full response here.

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