Bupa partnership with Generali will aid return to work

Global healthcare giant Bupa has entered into a commercial partnership initiative with Generali Employee Benefits UK to roll out employer funded wellbeing services to multinational clients.

Under the deal, Bupa’s wellbeing services will be accessible to Generali Employee Benefit UK’s Group Income Protection (GIP) clients where a specific need is identified. The services will be part-funded by Generali’s Wellbeing Investment Matching (WIM) initiative, which partners with accredited wellbeing providers to help support clients with a range of needs from facilitated mental health awareness training to financial education.

Bupa services have been selected to complement the early intervention and rehabilitation offering already included as standard as part of Generali GIP, including Covid-19 support services, SmartDNA, health assessments and onsite health checks and virtual GP services.

Joint clients will also benefit from the key wellbeing aspects of Bupa’s PMI programme, which will be extended cost-effectively to whole GIP insured workforces in cases where only a proportion are covered by PMI.

Generali Employee Benefits UK director Simon Thomas said: ‘The need for strong employee health and wellbeing support has arguably never been greater. While remote working due to the pandemic was considered a temporary arrangement, for many it could become permanent and, with it, comes the potential for increased long-term risks including anxiety and depression, fatigue, burnout and chronic musculoskeletal issues. For those returning to workplaces, there’s also a multitude of health and safety risks to consider. In this new normal – and beyond – employers need the industry to take a more integrated health, wealth and risk approach.’

Bupa Health Clinics commercial director Alaana Woods added: ‘We’re delighted to be partnering with Generali to offer a range of services to support employers to safely return their staff to the workplace. We know that a lot of people are feeling anxious or overwhelmed about returning to work and we want to do all we can to help businesses create an environment where their employees feel safe, now and into the future.’