Occupational Health Strategy
An Occupational Health Strategy has been put in place as a supportive resource for teachers and special needs assistants and for Clerical Officers and Caretakers employed in National Schools under the 1978/79 Scheme and Clerical Officers employed in Post Primary Schools under the 1978 Scheme.
The aim of this strategy is to promote the health of employees in their workplace, with a focus primarily on prevention rather than cure. The Occupational Health Strategy comprises the Employee Assistance and Wellbeing Programme (EAWP) and the Occupational Health Service (OHS).
Employee Assistance Service (EAS)
Following the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) tendering process, Spectrum.Life has been awarded the new EAS contract from 26th July, 2020. The service for these employees will be known as ‘Wellbeing Together: Folláine le Chéile’. See Information Note TTC 004/2020. See also, Information Note TC 0014/2021 which extends the EAS to all school staff.
The EAS provides advice to employees on a range of issues including wellbeing, legal, financial, bereavement, conflict, mediation etc. The EAS also provides advice and support to managers and delivers interventions to help them deal with health and wellbeing issues in the workplace.
Where appropriate, short-term counselling is available to employees and their family members. A family member includes a spouse, civil partner or dependent, where the family member can be described as a person over the age of 18 and residing at the family home. In addition, online cognitive behavioural therapy is also provided to employees.
A bespoke wellbeing portal and app is available offering a host of online services with access to live chats, videos, podcasts and blogs on topics around mental health, family life, exercise and nutrition. In addition, online cognitive behavioural therapy is also provided to employees. The platform is available via Web, iOS App or Android App.
As part of the EAS, a Mental Health Promotion Manager is also available to develop and deliver evidence based mental health and wellbeing initiatives. Spectrum.Life will also be providing a series of webinars and presentations to promote wellbeing in schools during the upcoming school year.
How do I access the EAS?
The service is accessible through the dedicated Free-phone Confidential Helpline at 1800 411 057 and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year or text ‘Hi’ to 087 369 0010 to avail of EAS support on SMS & WhatsApp.
Employees can access the Spectrum.Life wellbeing portal as follows:
Employee Assistance Service
Occupational Health Service (OHS)
Medmark Occupational Healthcare are the current providers of the Occupational Health Service (OHS). The service provides professional occupational health advice and services on employee medical fitness as follows: pre-employment health assessments, sickness absence assessment, medical fitness to return to work assessments, ill health retirement assessments and Critical Illness Provisions (CIP).
How do I access the service?
You can logon to www.medmark4teachersna.ie or contact the telephone advice line at 1890 235 711.
Teacher/SNA Terms and Conditions Section,
Department of Education,
Phone: (090) 648 3734