Feb 11 2020

Kay Toms

On Monday (17 February), our Employee Wellbeing Programme provider will be changing from Workplace Options to Confidential Care (CiC). We recently caught up with Kay Toms, from our HR team, to find out more about CiC, the support they will provide to colleagues and the range of health and wellbeing activities that take place across campus every week. 

1. Could you tell us about yourself and your role within our HR team?

I joined Royal Holloway in May 2016 as an HR Business Partner working with a number of academic schools and professional services departments and was asked to take an HR Lead for Staff Health and Wellbeing later that same year.

2. Part of your role involves leading staff health and wellbeing to colleagues across the College. Can you tell us more about this aspect of your role?

I have an overview and work with other departments across the College to increase the profile of staff health and wellbeing. I am responsible for looking after our external health and wellbeing provision, the Occupational Health service, the external mediation service and our Employee Wellbeing Programme.

I also organise a number of staff wellbeing events and yes, the very popular Walking Challenge will be back in May 2020 as part of National Walking Month! I am always impressed how far teams and individuals walk during the Challenge.

3. What information, support and guidance is available to colleagues on health and wellbeing at Royal Holloway?

If anyone has any queries or concerns about staff health and wellbeing they can reach out to me by emailing healthandwellbeingroyalholloway.ac.uk. You can also find out more on our health and wellbeing intranet pages

4. What regular health and wellbeing events are there on campus for colleagues to take part in?

We have weekly Mindfulness, Complementary Massage Therapist, Colouring, Knitting and Crocheting, Yoga and Relaxation sessions.  Many of these sessions are run by staff volunteers for the benefit of colleagues and I am very grateful for the support provided by these

5. Our Employee Wellbeing Programme provider will be changing from Workplace Options to Confidential Care (CiC). Can you tell us more about CiC and the support they will provide to colleagues?

CiC will be delivering a programme called Confidential Care.  It is a free, independent and confidential information, advice and support service for staff and immediate family members (living in the same household) which will be available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  Whether it is practical advice or emotional support with either work or personal issues, CiC will be able to offer expert guidance on debt and financial management, legal and tax advice and family support (child, elder and dependent care).  They will also be providing counselling and emotional support to staff.

6. Is there an opportunity for staff to find out more about CiC?

We are running a number of drop-in information sessions in the Herringham Room and Huntersdale Common Room, from Monday 17 February for colleagues to find out more about the new Employee Wellbeing Programme.  Full details of dates and times are available on the staff intranet events calendar.  I can also deliver a short presentation to departments about CiC and the employee wellbeing programme.

7. What do you enjoy most about working at Royal Holloway and within our HR team?

The variety.  No two days are ever the same.

8. What do you enjoy doing with your time outside of work?

We live in such a beautiful world.  I love to travel and meet new people, visit new countries and cultures.  I have a very long and continuing to grow bucket list, which I am slowly working through. I also enjoy walking.  It is great thinking time and an opportunity to compose those difficult emails! I am currently training with a group of friends to complete the London Moonwalk in May, which is all part of my Master Plan to trek the Inca Trail in Peru next year for a milestone birthday! I also enjoy the ballet and a good rugby match.