Sodexo has launched an on-site counselling service for its 6,000 healthcare employees to help them deal with the pressures of working through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The service has been designed to support frontline keyworkers, supervisory and management employees, and will be available at all large and medium acute hospitals, as well as a select number of smaller contracts, alongside Sodexo’s existing suite of wellbeing tools.
The counselling approach was developed following a review into the global pandemic response of Sodexo, and will see a team of dedicated counsellors available for face-to-face sessions with staff who request an appointment.
Speaking about the new service, Stuart Winters, Sodexo Healthcare UK & Ireland CEO, said: “Our staff perform their jobs at the highest level in the face of an unprecedented situation.
“Our on-site HR and Learning and Development teams recognised the negative impact Covid-19 was and continues to have on both the psychological and emotional health of our employees.
“This new service, along with our existing range of health and wellbeing tools, should help to alleviate some of the pressure of working through a global pandemic.”
The new service was launched at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust by an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist in June.
Initially launching on a three-month trial, the new counselling provision will be evaluated and expanded depending on its success.