Health and Wellbeing

A Healthy Working Environment

At Inverclyde Council we take the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees very seriously and we believe in taking a proactive, health improvement approach to tackling ill-health in the workplace. Our health improvement strategies have led us to be the first local authority to achieve the Gold Healthy Working Lives award from Health Scotland. We are working towards next years award in partnership with HSCP and Riverclyde Homes.

The Council's Health and Safety Policy commits the Council to looking after the health, safety and welfare of all employees. Advice and guidance on Health and Safety issues is available from a corporate team of Health and Safety advisers.

A range of health awareness days and different social events are run throughout the year to promote the uptake of physical health activities in line with national and local health agendas.

We offer employees a generous discount at Inverclyde’s Leisure Facilities which has a gym, swimming pool, ice rink, and a range of fitness classes.

Inverclyde Council has both an annual competative golf tournament and a walking challenge, to name but a few. New members are always welcome.

Mental Health First Aid

The Scotland's National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing exists to support work that will help improve mental health and well-being for everyone living in Scotland and to improve the quality of life and social inclusion for people who experience mental health problems.

The National Programme is a key part of the Scottish Government’s aims to improve the health of people in Scotland and to address problems such as poor housing, low skills, unemployment and low income, so that everyone in Scotland has the opportunity to learn, develop and prosper.

In recognition that one third of all health complaints are for mental health problems, Inverclyde Council has become one of the first local authorities in Scotland to support the Scottish Government’s National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing in the workplace by training staff to become Mental Health First Aiders. Employees attending this course are taught to recognise the early signs of mental health problems and take effective action to provide support and appropriate help.

Occupational Health Services

From, time to time, we recognise that employees will be absent from work due to illness or injury or may require support to continue in work, therefore, we offer a wide range of support measures to help you maintain a good attendance record.

The types of support on offer include:

  • Occupational health services (nurse/doctor),
  • Physiotherapy,
  • Confidential counselling,
  • Job adjustments (Worklife Balance)
  • Redeployment support,
  • Rehabilitation programs that give employees a gradual return to work without loss of pay.
  • Health Surveillance if you work within certain high risk occupations

All of the above are subject to individual circumstances and as resources permit.