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Diary date: EAPA branch meeting, 5 December 2018, Linnean Society, Piccadilly

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Diary date: EAPA branch meeting, 5 December 2018, Linnean Society, Piccadilly

The next EAPA branch meeting will take place at 11.30 next Wednesday 5 December at the Linnean Society on Piccadilly. Coffee will be available from 11.00 am. We are pleased to announce that EAPA board members, Amanda Smith and Tracey Paxton will be running a session based on the #metoo theme about the role of EAPs in addressing sexual harassment in the workplace. This will be an interactive session for providers, commissioners and practitioners.

Former Director of Nursing, Tracey Paxton has 30 years’ experience of working within the NHS as a practising clinician and a senior hospital manager.  She is the clinical director for Amian EAP and has extensive experience of managing NHS EAP services.  Tracey has vast experience in the field of mental and physical health and wellbeing training.  She is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities and Mental Health and has an MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.  A trauma specialist, workplace mediator and trainer, she has published important research and received a national award in the House of Lords for her work within Mental Health.

As Clinical Director for Vivup Health and Wellbeing, Amanda Smith is a former Head of Health and Wellbeing and Clinical Lead for a large specialist NHS Mental Health Trust incorporating EAP services which supported EAP services for over 55,000 NHS and private sector employees, in addition to her strategic role within the NHS Trust. A trauma therapist, Amanda is an experienced mental health trainer, workplace mediator, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Coach and employee wellbeing thought leader.

EAPA members are encouraged to bring a colleague as a guest for this part of the meeting. Please email info@eapa.org.uk to confirm your attendance.

Update from the EAPA 2018 conference

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Update from the EAPA 2018 conference

This week, EAPA UK chair, Neil Mountford reports on his recent attendance at the EAPA 2018 conference.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend the EAPA 2018 conference last month, held in Minneapolis. This is the leading conference for the U.S. EAP industry but is also attended by EAP professionals from around the world.  It was encouraging to see good international representation and to have the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and understand how EAP is developing in different regions.

One of the key themes of the conference was around the development of AI technology platforms that provide interactive support for those dealing with a range of mental health and other issues who might otherwise be reluctant to seek help from a more conventional EAP.  These technologies are being positioned as complimentary to the EAP and clearly there are challenges and concerns to be addressed. However, there is no doubt that they will become an increasingly important component of EAPs in the near future.

At the event, Greg DeLapp, CEO of EAPA also announced that EAPA would be engaging external consultants to undertake a fundamental review of the organisation to understand how it needs to change to best serve the industry in the future.  The outcome of this project will no doubt offer some valuable insights and ideas for us in the UK and which we will share in due course.

EAP calculator delivers ROI figures for a future of benchmarking

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EAP calculator delivers ROI figures for a future of benchmarking

Earlier this week, as a partner of the Mad World Summit, EAPA was pleased to write an article for the summit website explaining why it has funded the Institute of Employment Studies (IES) to design and develop an EAP calculator.

The article explains how buy-in for employee wellbeing initiatives has always been hampered by a lack of hard data. Making a case for investment into mental health benefits has meant scratching around for impact on absence rates or relying on intangibles like the value for engagement and employer branding. It had become clear, following the first phase of EAPA UK funded research with The Work Foundation, that there was an urgent need for evidence and attention to real-life figures, particularly when the cost of poor mental health among employees is costing employers between £33 and £42m (Thrive at Work report). To help fill this critical gap, EAPA UK stepped in, funding the Institute of Employment Studies (IES) to design and develop an EAP calculator.

You can read the full article here.

UK EAPA is delighted to be supporting this important event, taking place on 9 October in London. Good mental health in the workplace is fundamental to business success and Mad World is playing a key role in this by putting mental health at the heart of the business agenda. The focus of the event is about moving from stigma to solutions when it comes to workplace wellbeing and attendees will hear from an outstanding line up of speakers. The comprehensive agenda, which features keynote presentations, roundtables and networking opportunities, has been designed to help delegates learn how to integrate mental health into existing wellbeing strategies, gain inspiration from innovative leaders, uncover the right solutions for your organisation and share ideas and experiences with peers.

As a supporter of the event, EAPA is pleased to be able to extend a 30% discount on the delegate price to all EAPA members who may be interested in attending the event in October. Click here to register for the event and use the discount code: EAPA30 to book your place today.

 

Time to Talk about mental health

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Time to Talk about mental health

We know that there’s no perfect time or place to talk about mental health, but we also know that conversations change lives. Encouraging friends, colleagues and family members to speak out is what Time To Talk day is all about and we applaud this campaign which aims to help destigmatise mental health in our society and in our workplaces.

“And when it comes to developing a mental health strategy, EAPA UK encourages employers to talk to their EAP providers about the wide variety of services and support available. The first step should be identifying the issues that are preventing the organisation from managing mental health and EAP providers can play an important role in this by carrying out risk assessments, stress audits and working with employers to develop the overall strategy. The second step is around training and coaching for line managers and again many EAP providers will offer services specifically targeted at line managers designed to help them better understand and manage mental health in the workplace. And finally, employers can offer support to their employees experiencing mental health issues by providing access to an EAPs counselling service.

“All too often EAPs are seen only as a counselling service for employees but this is just one part of the support and services that EAPs can offer to employers. So make time to talk to your EAP partner about all the different ways in which they can support mental health in the workplace and maximise opportunities to tap into this often underused and untapped expertise,” said Neil.

Read more about how EAPs can support mental health at work in one of our latest EAPA UK factsheets here.

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