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Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Optum

We know that people who work in schools face unique and challenging situations. We also know that you put in huge amounts of energy to manage and resolve these challenges. Wouldn’t it be great to have some help?

PPC have developed a comprehensive programme of support specifically for you and have been working successfully with Hertfordshire County Council and a number of schools in the Hertfordshire area, with 30 years’ experience of supporting and developing individuals.

This programme can help right away with:

  • Work life balance
  • Managing stress and pressure
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Handling conflict situations
  • Violence and threat in the workplace

But it’s not just there for the tough stuff; this programme is designed to help and empower individuals to develop and improve their skills and confidence, with for example:

  • Improving confidence and self esteem
  • Developing and using assertive behaviours
  • Encouraging creativity
  • Negotiation skills
  • Time management

We are also on the end of the phone or just an online click away to help with practical support and advice for all of life’s events:

  • Starting a new job
  • Buying a home
  • Getting married
  • Having kids
  • Managing money
  • Moving or relocating
  • Staying healthy

* For just £6.45 per employee, per annum, your school’s staff can have immediate access to a wide range of support interventions, all of which are completely confidential and are delivered by experts qualified in their field.

  • Free phone telephone access to our 24 Hour Telephone Counselling Service. Face to Face Counselling Service (up to 4 sessions/problem) at a convenient location close to the staff member
  • Telephone advice and information on consumer issues, debt and budgeting, housing, caring for children and dependents, relationships, health etc
  • Access to Optumís EAP Member Portal which is great resource tool with development programmes, mindfulness podcasts, articles and links to resources on a very wide range of themes including sleep, brain health and nutrition. (please use globaldemo password for tour.)
  • Telephone manager consultation – targeted support for anyone who manages people, to help them manage themselves in difficult or challenging situations
  • Immediate telephone crisis intervention and the following on a Fee-for-Service basis, should they be required
  • Critical Incident Support Services

If you would like to join the EAP, please contact the Client Services Team:
Tel: 01865 787370

More information:

Comments from users in the Herts CC area:

“I have seen a very big improvement in my relationship, my wellbeing and I feel more positive about myself and this has impacted very well at work. I now enjoy work and feel I can cope with any work that comes my way.”

“I know the counselling has improved my way of thinking from negative to positive. The counsellor was outstanding. Thank you, a weight has been lifted.”

“I was initially reluctant to seek counselling as I felt it was an admission of my own lack of ability to resolve the problem. However the situation reached breaking point and the counselling service offered me ideas and new ways of taking responsibility for my behaviour, that I hadn’t considered before.”

* PPC have agreed to continue to offer this rate to Hertfordshire academies and free schools.