Improving Mental Wellbeing Across Blue Light Services
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This Forum will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss the government’s funding for wellbeing initiative within blue light services and how this will be implemented in practice. Attendees will discuss with policy leaders the next steps for strengthening public sector and community collaboration. In addition, best practice case studies will share guidance for developing innovative initiatives which successfully been able to access funding and deliver public impact to create thriving communities.
This Forum is specifically designed for those working in blue light services, including police, ambulance and fire & rescue services. It is also aimed at the voluntary and private sector. Typical job titles will include:
- Area Commanders
- Blue Light Collaboration Managers
- Blue Light Strategy Advisors
- Mental Health Leads
- Chief Fire Officers
- Chief Inspectors
- Chief Superintendents
- Compliance Managers
- Detective Inspectors
- Detective Superintendents
- District Commanders
- Emergency Planning Managers
- Fire Safety Managers
- Heads of Collaboration
- Heads of Resilience
- Heads of Talent
- Watch Managers
Key Speakers Confirmed:
- Holly Lynch MP, Member for Halifax and Opposition Whip and Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Sponsor, Protect the Protectors Bill
- John Sutherland, Former Borough Commander, Southwark, Metropolitan Police Service and Author, Blue: Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces
- Che Donald, National Vice-Chair and Lead for Wellbeing, Police Federation
- Gary Hayes, Founder, PTSD999
- Simon Durance, Founder, PTSD999
- Garry Botterill, Founder, Backup Buddy and Sergeant, Sussex Police
- Joanne Mildenhall, Paramedic Researcher
- Dr Jess Miller, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Cambridge University and Research Fellow, Police Dependant’s Trust
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Emergency Service Personnel are on the frontline of traumatic events, daily. Whether it’s a raging fire, civil unrest or a life-threatening medical emergency, our blue services are constantly required to respond with professionalism and calm. But what happens to the individual when the emergency is over? What affect does such a high-stress role have on someone’s mental health.
In recent times, the government has identified both the personal and economic cost of neglecting wellbeing of emergency service personnel. This can be seen with a £15m sum earmarked for mental health initiatives in policing, ambulance and fire services. What is more, the Protect the Protectors Bill campaign saw the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act, come into effect from September 2018.
In 2018, Labour MP Chris Bryant called for a policy that legally acknowledged the difficulty emergency service workers experience in the daily routine of their work. Namely, being assaulted in the line of duty. It was dubbed the Protect the Protectors Bill. After going through the policy approval process, the bill came into being on September 13th 2018, making it a separately punishable offence to assault any emergency service worker or person assisting an emergency service worker. This was a landmark decision in protecting those in blue services across the UK. The bill came into effect after numerous reports of extremely damaging conditions to frontline responders’ mental health and billions of pounds lost in sick-days and leave approved due to mental health reasons. This has been accompanied by £15m allocated for mental health initiatives across mental health services.
In 2016, then Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, announced a £15m fund for mental health and wellbeing initiatives across all blue light services. Government has pledged to increase this amount, to a reported £30m under Sajid Javid. This is unconfirmed but does highlight the government’s drive in raising wellbeing standards across the emergency services.
The Wellbeing in Emergency Services event looks to bring together delegates from fire & rescue, ambulance service and policing to discuss topics such as resilience, fatigue, shift working, LGBT inclusion and beating stigma around mental health. This event looks to foster a collaborative network between blue light services and further the growing momentum around preserving and protecting the wellbeing of those who protect our safety.