Key Points
  • Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing: new policy and funding opportunities for emergency services
  • Learning from Each Other and Sharing Good Practice: enhancing employee experience
  • Utilising Technology to identify Poor Mental Health: engaging employees, senior and middle management with technology to monitor wellbeing
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Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Eleck Dodson, Head of Occupational Health, Health & Wellbeing Lead Strategic HR, Metropolitan Police
  • Dr Matt Kerton, Pre-Hospital Doctor, Isle of White and Hampshire Air Ambulance
  • Tracy Nicholls, CEO (from 1st January 2020), College of Paramedics
  • Fatima Fernandes, Head of Staff Support, London Ambulance Service
  • Wayne Norris, FireFighter, Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Paul Bannister, Emergency Medical Technician, North West Ambulance Service
  • Our Blue Lights Representative

One in four emergency services workers has thought about ending their lives (Mind). Westminster Insight’s half-day forum will share how blue light services can prioritise mental health and wellbeing to take care of those who care and protect the public. Learn how to support employees through the unique challenges of working for the emergency services including trauma, lone working and inflexibility.

Explore how a multi-agency approach to mental health across the emergency services could develop a clear and shared vision for the future. Gain insight into cultivating cultural change around mental health, developing a resilient workforce who can manage and monitor their wellbeing, to reduce absenteeism.

Learn from the London Ambulance Service on building peer support networks, helping to normalise discussions around mental health and improve the work-life balance. You will also explore how training managers and early intervention strategies can reduce the number of employees hitting crisis point.

Join frontline professionals from across the emergency services to hear how to promote positive wellbeing to retain staff.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:30
Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

09:30 - 09:40
Chair and Westminster Insight Welcoming Remarks

 

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Eleck Dodson Head of Occupational Health, Metropolitan Police

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09:40 - 10:10
Keynote - Promoting Positive Mental Health across Blue Light Services

 
  • Prioritising mental health and wellbeing across emergency services to take care of those who care for the nation 
  • Analysing how work-place trauma can impact employees, and the responsibility of employers to provide  
  • Considering the impact of new policy and funding opportunities for emergency services 
  • Exploring the unique challenges blue light services employees face including trauma, lone working and inflexibility 

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Mind Representative

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10:10 - 11:00
Panel Discussion - Working Together to Improve Mental Health

 
  • Implementing a multi-agency approach to mental health across the emergency services to develop a clear and shared vision for the future 
  • Learning from each other, sharing good practices to enhance employee experience 
  • Sharing resources to help improve outcomes and experiences for employees 

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Our Blue Lights Representative

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Paul Bannister Emergency Medical Technician, North West Ambulance

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Wayne Norris FireFighter, Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service

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11:00 - 11:40
Panel Discussion – Boosting Retention through Valuing the Individual

 
  • Cultivating cultural change to develop a resilient workforce who can manage the work environment of the emergency services 
  • Valuing the individual, helping to create a sense of belonging between employee and organisation 
  • Creating a healthy work/life balance for employees to increase retention across the emergency services 

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Tracy Nicholls CEO (from 1st January 2020), College of Paramedics

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Dr Jill Tolfrey Chief Executive, The Fire Fighters Charity

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11:40 - 12:10
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

12:10 - 12:40
Case Study - Exploring how Technology can Enhance Mental Health Support

 
  • Utilising technology to identify early symptoms of mental health and wellbeing for different emergency services 
  • Understanding how anonymity can encourage frontline practitioners to seek further support and manage their own wellbeing 
  • Engaging employees with technology to monitor their wellbeing 

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Dr Matt Kerton Pre-hospital doctor, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

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12:40 - 13:10
Case Study – Building Peer Support Networks to Reduce Stigma

 
  • Normalising discussions around mental health by building a peer support network and promoting positive wellbeing 
  • Improving employee’s day to day wellbeing through implementing rest periods, reducing late finishes and enforced overtime 
  • Helping to promote self-care to reduce long term absenteeism

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

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13:10 - 13:30
Case Study – Training Senior and Middle Managers to Support Employees

 
  • Actively building trust between staff and senior managers in the emergency services to help identify early warning signs 
  • Supporting staff to stay well and encouraging employees to seek support  
  • Developing early intervention strategies to reduce the number of employees hitting crisis point and absenteeism 

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Eleck Dodson Head of Occupational Health, Metropolitan Police

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13:30 - 13:35
Chair’s and Westminster Insight’s Thanks

 

13:35 - 13:35
Close of Forum

 

End

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Mind Representative

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Paul Bannister Emergency Medical Technician, North West Ambulance

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Eleck Dodson Head of Occupational Health, Metropolitan Police

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

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Dr Matt Kerton Pre-hospital doctor, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

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Tracy Nicholls CEO (from 1st January 2020), College of Paramedics

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Wayne Norris FireFighter, Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service

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Dr Jill Tolfrey Chief Executive, The Fire Fighters Charity

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Venue details

Zone 1 Central London


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