December Branch Meeting: Data Protection… asset or liability?

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Data Protection: Asset or Liability?

Personal information is a key asset. Expectations are higher than ever that organisations will take appropriate measures to address data protection risk. At the same time, personal information must be used efficiently to deliver effective services, raise funds and protect individuals.

The current law is over 20 years old and often struggles to cope with recent technological changes – such as privacy and big data; cloud services; mobile working; anonymisation and online marketing. With the government confirming on 31st October 2016 that the UK will be implementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, it is more important than ever to start preparing for it now.

The guest speaker at the UK EAPA’s December Branch Meeting on 7 December 2016 will look at the proposed EU Data Protection Directive, which has particular sensitivities in the context of vulnerable people. How will it differ from the current law? What could it mean for anyone who handles personal information?

Gary Shipsey is co-founder and Managing Director of Protecture and has 10 years of practical experience turning information law into practice, through a variety of information management roles in local government and at the Audit Commission. He has advised hundreds of schools, charities and care settings.

To confirm your attendance at the Branch Meeting, please download this form and return it by email to

Dr Keon West to speak at 2016 UK EAPA Annual Dinner

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Dr Keon West to speak at 2016 UK EAPA Annual Dinner

The UK EAPA is delighted to announce Dr Keon West as the guest speaker at the third UK EAPA Annual Dinner, which is being held in partnership with COHPA.

The event takes place at the Hilton Hotel Metropole on the first evening of the annual Health & Wellbeing at Work Conference held at the NEC, Tuesday 8 March 2016.

Dr. West of Goldsmiths, University of London and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society is an expert in the field of diversity and will make a highly interactive presentation that will examine our own personal reactions to the subject of mental health. He is a social psychologist who investigates ways of understanding group-based identity and behaviour, as well as improving communication and interactions between different groups of people. He has written and lectured extensively on issues of identity, diversity and prejudice.

Tickets are available for members and non-members of the UK EAPA and COHPA at a cost of £60 per person (inc VAT). The dress code for the event is lounge suits.

To reserve your place at the Annual Dinner, please complete and return the event booking form by Wednesday 10 February, along with your remittance.


UK EAPA publishes new EAP Standards Framework

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UK EAPA publishes new EAP Standards Framework

New standards for providers of Employee Assistance Programmes have been published by the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association.

“The UK EAPA Standards Framework has been updated to support the continued delivery and achievement of safe, appropriate and effective, quality Employee Assistance services. As the employee assistance landscape has changed in recent years, it has been necessary for the Association to evolve and update the Standards to ensure that they reflect the current needs of employers, employees and all those involved in EAP procurement and delivery,” explained Andrew Kinder, Chair of the UK EAPA.

The new Standards Framework has been developed for EAP services in all types of organisations in the UK and further afield and are applicable to all types of EAP delivery.

“UK EAPA Registered Provider member are organisations that commit to meet our strict criteria relating to EAP standards, professional practice and programme delivery, as set out in the Standards Framework. In addition, the UK EAPA acknowledges that the revised Standards Framework represents an important document for all those involved in the employee assistance industry, particularly employers that are procuring EAPs or reviewing their existing services,” added Andrew Kinder.

Key changes made in the revised UK EAPA Standards Framework include the way that specific Standards are clarified and quantified, ensuring there is less opportunity for interpretation and helping to ensure that each Standard can be upheld more readily by providers.

Click here to read the new UK EAPA Standards Framework.

Why Mental Health Matters 2015 – How do Businesses Deal With it?

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Why Mental Health Matters 2015 – How do Businesses Deal With it?


The UK EAPA is pleased to be a media partner for Maudsley Learning’s second annual one-day conference that will discuss ways of tackling mental health issues in the workplace.


Taking place on Friday 23 January 2015, ‘Why Mental Health Matters – How do Businesses Deal With It?’ features speakers including Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Professor Steven Bevan (Centre for Workforce Effectiveness, The Work Foundation), Linda Holbeche (Imperial College), Paul Litchfield (Chief Medical Office, BT Group) and Dr Steve Boorman (Chief Medical Officer, Capita PIP Assessment Services).


The conference will combine hands-on workshops and case studies focusing on areas including preventive strategies, promoting wellbeing, benchmarking best practice and flexible working.


The latest Conference programme is available to download here. And UK EAPA members can benefit from a substantial discount on bookings for the event!


The standard delegate pass is £359 (+VAT) but for UK EAPA members, places are available at the special rate of £200 (+VAT). To access this discount visit the following link – – which will automatically reflect the discount. Or enter EAPA200 in the Promotional Code box on the booking page.



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COHPA will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary by hosting a Summer Drinks Reception and BBQ on Wednesday 9 July 2014 from 6:30 – 10:30pm at the Royal College of Physicians, London. The guest of honour for the event will be Professor Dame Carol Black DBE who will share her thoughts on the future for OH.

For ticket and event information please download the booking form.

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