First Aid and Mental Health Training for Bank of England employees

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Date: 7 April 2020


There are a number of First Aiders across the Bank of England’s (the ‘Bank’s’) estate who have been trained to either First Aid at Work level (a three day course) or Emergency First Aid at Work level (a one day course). We also have a number of Mental Health First Aiders, who are mostly based at our non-London sites, where colleagues may find it more difficult to access London based services such as on-site counsellors.

In respect of Mental Health Training, we offer sessions for employees on how they can best support their own personal resilience and also offer training for people managers on ‘Supporting Team Resilience and Mental Health’. We have also recently delivered ‘Mental Health Communication’ training to some areas of the Bank which focussed on having two way conversations about mental health. The Samaritans ‘Wellbeing in the Workplace’ online modular training is also made available to all employees. In addition to training courses, the Bank’s ‘Wellbeing Offering’ includes benefits and support services which are available to help employees promote and maintain their wellbeing. These include a number of support networks and discussion groups; a regular series of seminars that offer practical advice on work and family issues; employee benefits including gym memberships; and a range of flexible leave options. Our own in-house counselling support, which is available to all employees, has been in place for around 40 years. 

The Bank is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of its employees (including mental health initiatives).

The Bank does not have currently any contracts for the supply of First Aid or Mental Health Training.