Employee health and wellbeing in the workplace is a key consideration for schools settings and trusts. It impacts every member of teaching and non-teaching staff alike.

HFL Education has partnered with three leading Occupational Health (OH) and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) providers to offer these specialist health and wellbeing services to schools. Our partners are carefully selected for the quality of services and support they offer, and our offer  provides exclusive best value packages at market competitive rates.

About our Occupational Health and Employee Assistance Programme partners

Our OH and EAP partner services are provided by UK Independent Medical (UKIM), Vivup (SME HCI Limited) and Innovate Healthcare.  The service offered to our customers integrates the expertise of our partners with dedicated management from HFL Education. Together, we help you champion the health and prosperity of your school community.


What is an Occupational Health service?

Occupational health services help to keep employees well, both in and outside of work by providing independent specialist medical advice to employers and employees.

In this way, the mental and physical health of every member of your team is supported through:

  • Pre-employment referrals

  • Absence management referrals

  • Advice on health risk management at or because of work

  • Understanding the effects of work on health and health on work

  • Interventions, adjustments and support to enable a return to work

  • Medical advice to manage health issues

What are the benefits of using HFL’s Occupational Health partner services?

Our partner services in OH offer access to independent expert advice to manage staff absence and support returns to work.

Key benefits include:

  • By proactively addressing health concerns and providing necessary support, our service can contribute to reducing absenteeism.
  • Early detection and treatment of health issues can prevent prolonged sickness absence.
  • Our Occupational Health partners can help manage chronic conditions, improve overall health and wellbeing, and provide resources for stress management, leading to increased on-the-job performance.

What is an Employee Assistance Programme?

Employee assistance programmes (EAP) make up an employee benefit that provides support and practical advice on issues that might be impacting their wellbeing and performance. An EAP generally includes face-to-face, telephone or online counselling and expert support on both personal and work-related issues, with the aim of increasing staff wellbeing and productivity, as well as reducing absences.


What are the benefits of using HFL’s Employee Assistance Programme partner services?

  • Access to a 24/7/365 telephone helpline, website and mobile app providing expert wellbeing advice and access to counselling
  • Addressing mental health concerns is increasingly important. Our OH & EAP partners can provide counselling, support, and resources to help employees manage stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues
  • A managed contract offering competitive and fixed pricing (bulk purchasing)


Why use one of HFL’s partner services for OH and EAP?

Procurement is taken care of

We’ve undertaken the extensive procurement process on your behalf and developed a framework that ensures our partners provide quality services at competitive prices.

Choose the package that meets your needs and budget

You’ll be able to choose the Occupational Health and/or Employee Assistance Programme packages you want to buy for your educational setting, and by having multiple partners we have enabled a combination of offers to provide a solution that meets your needs and your budget.

Market leading services at competitive prices

By accessing this support through HFL Education, our customers can access a market-leading service at a competitive price that would otherwise be inaccessible due to the economies of scale available by working with our partners.

Reduced administration

We also centrally manage this contract, thereby reducing administration and schools have the benefit of a sector expert in their corner.



Find out more

If you’d like to know more about how HFL’s Occupational Health and Employee Assistance Programme providers can help you to protect employee health and wellbeing, please contact us.



Contact our HR Services team today to find out how we can help you.