I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I would be
interested in any information held by your organisation regarding my request on staff wellbeing in
Higher Education (HE).
I would like to request the following information, covering the last 12 months:
1. The job title of the senior manager with lead responsibility for staff wellbeing in the University. As Chair of the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee the Vice-Chancellor has overall
responsibility and operationally actions are reported to this committee. The Health and Safety
Manager and Head of OD, Employee Engagement and Wellbeing also hold some operational
2. The number of mental health specialist staff available within the university to support staff
wellbeing. As a small University we do not directly employ mental health specialist staff. We do however
have mental health first aiders, access to occupational health services and an employee assistance
3. A copy of the University’s Policy (procedures)/other relevant document(s) to support the
wellbeing of staff. Here is a link to the University’s Health & Wellbeing Staff pages: https://www.uca.ac.uk/health-
4. The type of services offered to support staff wellbeing in the University 4.1 Social Media Hub – The University provides a social media hub called myCommunity. This hub
is used to promote wellbeing and community across the University with regular posts on
Wellbeing issues, health promotion and community activity groups.
4.2 Mental Health First Aid – The University has internal MHFA trainers who regularly run
accredited 2 day MHFA advocate courses and ½ day MHFA Lite courses. These advocates are part
of a networking hub.
4.3 Regular Wellbeing activity days for staff and students – promotion days to engage staff and
students in wellbeing agenda e.g. free blood pressure checks, free flu vouchers, walking groups.
4.4 Counselling service for staff, this is an external confidential counselling service, in addition we
are currently in the process of appointing an Employee Assistance Programme which will offer a
more holistic wellbeing service for staff including 24/7helpline for any matter causing concern.
5. The number of referrals to services offered where staff wellbeing was a primary reason for the
referral We are unable to monitor the referral to the employee helpline as this is a confidential service.
However, we periodically remind staff of this service and might provide details in specific cases.
However, we are not aware of the take up of this. In terms of Occupational Health referrals again
this varies, and staff are referred for a variety of reasons. During the last year approx. 11
Occupational health referrals have been made.
6. Staff take up (number) by each service offered to support staff wellbeing.
4.1 Open to all staff – regularly engaged with by approx. 250
4.2 77 trained advocates. 81 staff attended MHFA Lite
4.3 Numbers not monitored owing to nature of event but good take up at all campuses
4.4 Numbers not monitored for helpline as outlined. Occupational health services approx. 11
members of staff as outlined above