Key Points
  • Developing a Mental Health Framework: creating a holistic approach towards mental wellbeing to reduce staff burnout
  • Changing the Culture of the NHS: increasing staff engagement and valuing the employee to produce a healthy and successful workforce
  • Training and Nurturing Supportive Leaders: identifying early warning signs to improve wellbeing support for employees
  • Best practice examples from across the NHS including nursing, air ambulance, paramedics and mental health workers


Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • (Chair) Sir John Burn, Chair, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lynn Demeda, Director of Workforce Programmes, Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Wendy Reid, Director for Education and Quality, Health Education England
  • Fatima Fernandes, Head of Staff Support Services, London Ambulance Service Trust
  • Dr Matt Kerton, Specialist Paramedic Critical Care, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
  • Professor Dinesh Bhugra, Non-Executive Director, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Pauline Walsh, Chair Education Forum, Royal College of Nursing
  • Dr Benedict Eccles, Head of Service: Consultancy and Research, Skills for Health

The NHS employs over 1.3 million people*, all of whom work in high pressured and fast paced jobs. Supporting individuals and their wellbeing has become a growing priority for the NHS after the number of work-related absences in the NHS hit a five year high in 2018**.

Join Westminster Insight for our biannual NHS Employee Wellbeing conference to hear from trailblazing frontline professional including, NHS leaders, Royal College of Nursing, Skills for Health and Health Education England on how to improve mental health and wellbeing provisions for your employees.

You will gain insight into how to create a successful Mental Health Framework helping to identify early warning signs of mental health and increasing the support available to your employees.

Enhance employee experience across all levels of the NHS, enacting cultural change in relation to mental health and staff wellbeing to reduce staff burnout and impact to patient care. Explore new recommendations and policy to help transform your approach to staff wellbeing, through leadership and valuing the individual.

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Air Ambulance service will share how technology can be used to assess and identify early warning signs of employee mental health.

You will also explore how to improve support for trainee medical professional as well as a range of different NHS employees ranging from mental health professionals, paramedics and nurses.

Join your peers from across the NHS to share initiatives on employee wellbeing and destigmatising mental health to create a productive and safe working environment for your employees.


Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:30
Registration

 

09:30 - 09:40
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor Sir John Burn Chair, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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09:40 - 10:00
Improving NHS Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing: Developing a Successful NHS Workforce Implementation Plan to Create a Healthy Working Environment

 
  • Creating a successful NHS workforce implementation plan reflective of NHS principles to increase support for employees
  • Reviewing how the ‘Mental Wellbeing Commission’ and ‘Thriving at Work Core Standards’ can create a safe working environment for NHS employees
  • Reviewing how improving rest spaces, fast tracking mental health referrals and implementing NHS workforce wellbeing guardians could help champion mental health and wellbeing
  • Addressing concerns of tokenism, creating practical and real solutions to improve employee support
10:00 – 10:10 Questions and Discussion

10:10 - 10:30
Changing NHS Culture: Reducing Expectations, Pressure and Workload for Employees

 
  • Improving the culture of the NHS to create a sustainable health care system where every member of staff can thrive
  • Addressing ongoing issues such as bullying, staff shortages and workload and the impact to NHS employees
  • Analysing the impact of resources and funding on NHS culture and expectations
  • Fostering an inclusive and supportive working environment to improve patient care and wellbeing
10:30 – 10:40 Questions and Discussion

10:40 - 11:00
Case Study: NHS Trust Creating Cultural Change to Enhance Employee Experience

 
  • Increasing staff engagement to improve the culture surrounding the NHS and outcomes for the Trust
  • Using experienced leadership to produce a healthy and successful working environment
  • Valuing the individual and their altruistic needs, developing a connection between employee and NHS trust
  • Reducing long term absences by providing holistic support for NHS employees 
11:00 – 11:10 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Lynn Demeda Director of Workforce Programmes, Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

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11:10 - 11:40
Coffee and Networking Break

 

11:40 - 12:00
Learning from current success stories in employee wellbeing from sectors outside of the NHS.

 
  •   Addressing both employee experience and supporting a healthy lifestyle
  •   Effectively gain insight from employees, first 
  • Understanding the importance of line managers to creating a success and healthy workplace culture
  • Considering the individual employee when delivering initiatives to improve wellbeing

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Kevin McAlister

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12:10 - 13:20
Panel: Supporting Trainee Medical Staff Mental Wellbeing to Reduce Dropout Rates and Increase Workforce Resilience

 
  • Understanding the pressures and workload for trainee medical staff to help improve student experience
  • Creating initiatives to increase support for trainee medical staff, developing resilient and confident employees
    Managing and monitoring trainee workload to increase retention across the NHS
  • Managing and monitoring trainee workload to increase retention across the NHS
  • Developing comprehensive mentoring programmes, providing early intervention and holistic support for trainee medical staff
13:20 – 13:30 – Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Professor Dinesh Bhugra Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

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Dr Benedict Eccles Head of Service: Consultancy and Research, Skills for Health

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Professor Pauline Walsh Health Leadership Model Programme Lead, NHS Leadership Academy

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Professor Wendy Reid Director for Education and Quality, Health Education England

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13:30 - 14:20
Networking Lunch

 

14:20 - 14:40
Supporting Senior and Middle Management to Identify Early Warning Signs in Employee Health and Wellbeing

 

 Training Senior and Middle Management to Identify Early Warning Signs and Support Employee Wellbeing 
  • Improving leadership capabilities in teams, organisation and system levels to develop skilled managers who can recognise mental health symptoms and support employee wellbeing
  • Utilising additional funding to nurture the future leaders in the NHS         
  • Exploring how the Leadership Development Programme can encourage a system-wide workforce, solving problems as a team 
14:40 – 14:50 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Jane Keep Phd, MPhil, MSc. OD Business Partner, Specialist Hospitals Board, UCLH, and Associate, Health Services Innovation L

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14:50 - 15:10
Case Study: Using Technology to Support Mental Health in the NHS

 
  • Using technology to identify early symptoms of mental health for critical care teams
  • Understanding how offering anonymity may encourage frontline professionals to seek mental health support
  • Analysing the impact of work-related trauma on mental health and wellbeing for NHS employees 
15:50 – 15:10 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Dr Matt Kerton Specialist Paramedic Critical Care, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

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15:10 - 16:00
Case Studies

 
Supporting Staff across the NHS and Meeting Individual Needs
15:10 – 15:30

Paramedics: Reducing Long Term Sickness

  • Improving the day to day wellbeing including rest periods, reducing late finishes and enforced overtime, to reduce long term sickness of paramedics
  • Promoting mental health to engage employees, ensuring individuals look out for each other and build a positive working culture    
Midwifery: Valuing Individual Needs to Improve Patient Care
15:30 – 15:50

  • Offering reflective sessions, peer support and buddy allocation to help increase support for nurses in the NHS
  • Understanding the importance of meeting nurses’ mental health and wellbeing needs, to reduce any impact on patient care
15:50 – 16:00 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Sue Dawson Lead Professional Midwifery Advocate for Coventry & Warwickshire LMS

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Fatima Fernandes Head of Staff Support Services, London Ambulance Service Trust

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16:00 - 16:10
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Professor Sir John Burn Chair, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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16:10 - 16:10
End

 

End

Speakers

Professor Dinesh Bhugra Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

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Professor Sir John Burn Chair, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Sue Dawson Lead Professional Midwifery Advocate for Coventry & Warwickshire LMS

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Lynn Demeda Director of Workforce Programmes, Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

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Dr Benedict Eccles Head of Service: Consultancy and Research, Skills for Health

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Fatima Fernandes Head of Staff Support Services, London Ambulance Service Trust

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Professor Simon Gregory HEE’s Deputy Medical Director

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Jane Keep Phd, MPhil, MSc. OD Business Partner, Specialist Hospitals Board, UCLH, and Associate, Health Services Innovation L

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Dr Matt Kerton Specialist Paramedic Critical Care, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

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Kevin McAlister

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Professor Wendy Reid Director for Education and Quality, Health Education England

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Professor Pauline Walsh Health Leadership Model Programme Lead, NHS Leadership Academy

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Venue details

Central London


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