Health and Wellbeing
Staff health and wellbeing is a vitally important aspect of a whole school approach to wellbeing for all. As school staff manage a multitude of different tasks and demands, it is important that everyone is given the right emotional and practical support so that they can, in turn, support their pupils.
In addition to having a positive impact on colleagues and children, staff wellbeing can improve performance and job satisfaction, which can lead to reduced staff turnover. It can also help reduce absence (both short and long term), increase productivity and promote staff engagement.
To help schools and Trusts support the health and wellbeing of their staff a template Workplace Health and Wellbeing Strategy has been developed. The Strategy states the school’s commitment to supporting and promoting employee wellbeing, sets out its aims and objectives and details roles and responsibilities.
NYES Health and Wellbeing Service
Work and health are central to all our lives. The Health and Wellbeing Service provide an advisory service to managers to support all staff in identifying and minimising any detrimental effects of health on work and work on health. The Health and Wellbeing pages hosted on SLA Online (NYES Health and Wellbeing | NYES Info) provide policies, guidance and resources to support health and wellbeing within schools.
The team are experienced specialist practitioners in Occupational Health. The advisers are supported by qualified Occupational Health Physicians on a part-time basis. The key focus of the team is to provide an excellent and effective occupational health service that enables employees to perform to a high standard in the delivery of excellent services.
T: 01609 798408
Useful links and documents
Health and Wellbeing Resources
Workplace Substance Misuse Policy
Refer an employee to Occupational Health
All referrals to Occupational Health should be made through the online portal via the NYES Health and Wellbeing Resources section of SLA Online (available here).
Stress Risk Assessments
Request health surveillance
Should schools be considering any health surveillance activities they are advised to contact the Health and Wellbeing Service or their Health and Safety advisors to discuss their requirements. Health and Wellbeing can be contacted via AskOH@northyorks.gov.uk / 01609 798408.