The NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board (ICB) has invested in the fiscal health of its workforce by introducing a new financial wellbeing service.
Nearly 550 employees now have access to Bippit, which provides free one-to-one support from financial coaches. The service matches individuals to professionals suited to their needs and who are available to offer personalised guidance tailored to their specific long-term goals.
As part of the provision, employees can also benefit from bespoke learning tools, regular webinars on subjects such as protection and pensions, as well as calculators and resources to monitor their goals and spending, which can also check their financial health.
Shajeda Ahmed, chief people officer for the NHS Black Country ICB, said: “Looking after the health and wellbeing of our staff if a key priority, and this also includes their financial wellbeing too.
“Money worries can affect anyone, and the stress can have a big impact on your health. However, it’s an area of our lives which is very sensitive and private, making it hard to know where to turn for support and guidance.
“It’s important that our workforce feel empowered to seek help and support if they need it, which is why we’ve partnered with Bippit who offer a range of financial health services, including free one-to-one professional sessions with financial coaches.”
A statutory NHS organisation, the NHS Black Country ICB manages health services and the NHS budget to meet the health needs of around 1.2 million people in the region.