The Teacher Support Network is to launch an internet counselling service for stressed teachers during 2001. The network, which incorporates the Teacher’s Benevolent Fund, already runs Teacherline, a free 24-hour counselling service for teachers in England and Wales.
Recent research has shown disturbing levels of stress and depression among teachers and half say they are likely to leave the profession in the next five years. Teacherline is the UK’s largest workplace counselling service and has received over 8000 calls since its launch in September 1999.
Bupa has designed a system that could allow residents of its care homes to receive virtual visits from their relatives. Ipswich-based Anglesea Heights was Bupa’s first care home to launch this system which enables people to see and talk to their relations via an online computer link.
Equipment supplier Intouch has installed a computer, fitted with camera and microphone, in the care home lounge. Relatives can pay to get on-line at their own home.
Bupa care services managing director Graham Smith said that the scheme could be introduced in other homes across the country.
Insurance companies have little understanding of their online customer base, according to a survey by Liverpool-based internet customer intelligence service WebProbe.
Findings show that although many insurers are struggling to build up an accurate profile of site visitors.
According to the survey, 75 percent of people think conducting business over the internet is a good idea and four out of five web users have already purchased products over the web. Eighty percent of respondents were male and more than three in five were under 35 with above-average incomes.