Mental Health: Supporting NHS Workforce Resilience Conference & Exhibition

  • Tuesday, 17 March 2020
  • Manchester Hall
  • 08:30 - 16:30
200+
Conference
Attendees
8
CPD
Credits
10
Expert Speakers
20
Sponsors & Supporters
  • Overview

Looking after the mental health and wellbeing of staff is paramount in delivering benefits to NHS organisations and ultimately the patients in their care. Join us in March 2020 to discuss and learn more about the NHS’ forward plan to support the resiliency of the workforce.

The NHS loses 348,028 working days due to anxiety, stress and depression in just one month. According to research conducted by RAND Europe 85% of NHS staff felt that their health and wellbeing impacts upon patient care. Estimates from Public Health England put the cost of staff absence due to poor health at £2.4bn per year – accounting for around £1 in every £40 of the total budget. Following last year’s Delivering the NHS Long Term Plan conference, Open Forum will produce the first in a series of national policy conferences reviewing initiatives designed to assess NHS organisations against new frameworks and develop best practices as well as supporting staff with individual mental health and wellbeing issues.

The government has pledged an overhaul of mental health and wellbeing support for NHS staff. The new workforce implementation plan draws on recommendations that will be discussed as part of the conference programme, including:

  • Post-incident support and fast-tracked mental health referrals for NHS staff.
  • Upgrading rest and social spaces for on-call staff and trainees, providing improved shower facilities, refreshments and security.
  • Ensuring line managers have training and support to assist staff who disclose a mental health issue, as well as raising awareness amongst staff of the signs and symptoms of poor MH.
  • A dedicated, confidential mental health support service operating 24/7.

This conference, in continuation with Open Forum's successive years of promoting mental health best practices, will provide invaluable updates and new information on the road map to improved mental health support for NHS staff. Our 2020 series of MH conferences are encouraging initiatives that would see the NHS as well as social services, housing/education providers and the criminal justice system collaborate on MH policy development and care provision to develop truly consistent, cross-sector care.

  • Confirmed Speakers

Event Supporters

  • Event Programme

08:00

Registration in the Networking Area

09:25

Chair's Opening Address

Lawrence McGinty, Chair, Medical Journalists Association (invited)

09:30

Professor Simon Gregory, Deputy Medical Director for Primary and Integrated Care, Health Education England (invited)

It's imperative that the 1.4 million people working in the NHS to deliver primary care receive the mental health and wellbeing support necessary to facilitate a level of care provision to the standard of the NHS' world leading reputation. The HEE Health and Care Workforce Strategy for England to 2027 - Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future - announced a new commission on the mental wellbeing of NHS staff and learners, led Professor Simon Gregory and Sir Keith Pearson, former Chair of HEE. The commission - The NHS Staff and Learners' Mental Wellbeing Commission final report made some of the following recommendations.

  • Fast-tracked mental health referrals for NHS employees.
  • Introduction of a 'Wellbeing Guardian' in every community trust and care setting in the country.
  • Every student and post-graduate trainee has access to personal wellbeing support that is not linked to their education and assessment. 
09:50

Emily Hough, Strategy Group Director, NHS England (invited)

According to the NHS Long Term Plan, expanding the current Practitioner Health Programme and encouraging a close working partnership between the NHS Chief People Officer and the national workforce group will equip the NHS with the most comprehensive national mental health support offer to doctors of any health system in the world - delivering some of the following improvements for staff and working culture(s) with the NHS: 

  • Supporting flexible working; including clarity on the proportion of roles to be advertised as flexible and the ability to express preferences about shifts further in advance enabled by the introduction of e-rostering technology.
  • Establish expectations for the practical help and support NHS staff should receive to raise concerns or raise inappropriate behaviour(s) confidentially.
  • Enable staff to easily move from one NHS employer to another.   
10:10

Headline Sponsor

10:30

Dido Harding, Chair, NHS Improvements (invited)

Results of a recent NHS staff survey indicated that less than a third of respondents felt that their workplace had a positive approach to their wellbeing.

 

The government's NHS Workforce Implementation Plan, based on the recommendations of HEE's Staff and Learners' Mental Wellbeing Commission, is being led by Dido Harding and Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Julian Hartley. This presentation will look at some of the practical steps covered in the implementation plan, including:

  • Upgraded rest and social spaces for staff; providing improved shower facilities, security and refreshments.
  • A confidential mental health support service for NHS staff operating 24/7.
  • Timely post-incident support and fast-tracked mental health referrals for staff.         
10:50

Panel Discussion

Professor Simon Gregory, Deputy Medical Director for Primary and Integrated Care, Health Education England (invited)

Emily Hough, Director, NHS Strategy Group (invited)

Dido Harding, Chair, NHS Improvement (invited)

11:10

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:40

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (invited)

The Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has made a number of policy pledges as part of a long-term workforce plan, including:

  • Scraping the NHS pay cap - returning decision-making over pay to the independent pay review body.
  • Re-introducing bursaries/funding for health-related degrees; supporting doctors to deliver the best care provision throughout their careers by investing in education, training and continued development.   
  • Supporting NHS whistle blowers to ensure staff are able to speak up in support of the best possible standards for patients.
  • Guaranteeing the rights of EU staff working in our health and social care services.
  • Making it an aggravated criminal offence to attack NHS staff.   
12:00

Fatima Fernandes, Head of Staff Support Services, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (invited) 

The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust has been recognised by the Healthcare Peoples Management Association for its development of the LINC initiative. LINC – Listening, Informal, Non-judgemental, Confidential – is a peer support scheme that provides fundamental training in counselling skills for Trust staff that volunteer for LINC; once equipped with the skills, they are able to provide confidential listening service to colleagues.

 

First piloted in 2003, LINC has grown considerably; with more than 100 trained staff providing peer support and more than 17% of the Trust’s staff having accessed the service. This presentation will look at the practical steps an NHS organisation can take to assist with establishing similar peer support services for their staff.

12:20

Speaker TBA

Reducing time spent on bureaucracy and increasing time given to addressing patient's needs will help clinicians provide more care for patients that need it; and reduce the stress burden that overly-complex administration creates for NHS staff.

 

Digital technology will reduce the amount of time that clinicians spend inputting and accessing patient information; as well as improving electronic rostering systems that centralise information such as annual leave, sickness absence and staff movement between wards - enabling managers to quickly and efficiently build rotas that meet patient demand. This presentation will spotlight some of the innovative methods in which NHSX will free-up clinicians to spend more time delivering care and less on bureaucracy.

12:40

Case Study

13:00

Panel Discussion

Fatima Fernandes, Head of Staff Support Services, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (invited)

Speaker TBA (invited)

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (invited)

13:20

Lunch in the Networking Area

14:20

Chair's Afternoon Address

14:25

Case Study

14:45

Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, Health Foundation (invited)

The Health Foundation, in collaboration with Nuffield Trust and The King's Fund, produced a report setting out a series of high-impact policy actions that should be at the heart of the workforce implementation plan. The report includes some of the following evidence-based recommendations:

  • The government should consider significantly increasing the financial support to nursing students by providing 'cost of living' grants of around £5,200 a year on top of the means-tested loans system.
  • The NHS should build on the NHS Constitution and provide an explicit statement of the 'universal offer' to staff; including, but not limited to: their legal rights and what staff can expect in terms of pay and opportunity, continuing professional development, work-life balance and appraisals. 
  • A fourfold increase in the current workforce development budget in order to support the continued professional development (CPD) of NHS staff.  
15:05

Dr Antonis Kousoulis, Director of England and Wales, Mental Health Foundation (invited)

According to research carried out by the Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 6.8 people are experiencing mental health problems in the workplace and evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions. As the largest public sector employer in the UK, the NHS can make a significant contribution to the nationwide cultural shift in attitudes towards mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

15:25

Afternoon Refreshment Break

15:55
  • Mike Burke, Director, Embrace Resilience and Embrace Learning (confirmed)

Synopsis coming soon...

16:15

Dr Nav Chana, National PCH Clinical Director, National Association of Primary Care (invited)

Dr Nav Chana delivered a keynote presentation at Open Forum's NHS Five Year Forward View: Implementation and Progress conference in 2016 reviewing 'critical pressures' on the NHS workforce that jeopardised delivery of the FYFV. This presentation will present solutions to obstructing factors in improving staff morale, such as; continuously upskilling staff to expand the care they can offer, using analysis of population health to drive workforce modelling as well as canvassing opinion of voluntary/charity organisations and future workforce contributors.   

16:35

Panel Discussion

Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, Health Foundation (invited)

Dr Antonis Kousoulis, Director of England and Wales, Mental Health Foundation (invited)

Mike Burke, Director, Embrace Learning and Resilience (confirmed)

Dr Nav Chana, National PCH Clinical Director, National Association of Primary Care (invited)

16:55

Chair's Closing Remarks and Conference Close

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  • Review delivery of recommendations from the workforce implementation plan, the Health and Care Workforce Strategy for England to 2027 and the HEE Mental Wellbeing report; with the opportunity to discuss further contributions from reports amongst peers, policy makers and NHS staff.
  • Engagement with interactive diagnostic tools such as the NHS Workforce Health and Wellbeing Framework.
  • Understanding of the research and ethos that has informed the NHS’ new initiatives to safeguarding staff mental health and in doing so, improving patient safety.
  • A look at the importance of staff mental health and wellbeing in the NHS Long Term Plan.
  • Opportunities to network, knowledge-share and engage with peers and keynote speakers on preventative approaches to the mental health and wellbeing of NHS staff.
  • Learn how to identify and anticipate potential MH issues as well as promoting – and leading – team dialogues around stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Assess organisations against new frameworks designed to identify room for improvement and recommend appropriate action.
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  • Featured Events
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Contact Details

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Venue

Manchester Hall

Manchester Hall

Manchester Hall is the first boutique Manchester conference venue for business meetings. We provide a personal service to ensure that every aspect of your meeting fits your requirements perfectly. We also have all of the technical equipment that you may require and all of our suites have AV facilities. We will make every effort to accommodate other specific requests too. From the Goulburn Lodge Room with its wealth of original Freemasons’ features to the more intimate Study thats size and shape is ideal for smaller business meetings, we offer rooms for every type of meeting.

The Grade II listed building lies at the gateway to Spinningfields, the city’s thriving business and professional quarter, making it the ideal location for a Manchester conference venue and your business needs. We are easily accessible from Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Victoria stations. Alternatively, you can get a tram to nearby Deansgate Castlefield tram station. With our city centre location, we are also a great location for delegates travelling to Manchester via the airport, with excellent public transport and taxi links.

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    • 08:30 - 15:50
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    • 08:25 - 15:45
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  • Improving Student Mental Health Outcomes

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    • 10:00 - 16:05
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    • 09:30 - 16:10
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who will attend

  • Acute and Community Mental Health Services
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Area Managers
  • Business / Service Development Managers
  • Care Co-Ordinators
  • Chief Constables
  • Chief Executives and Assistant Chief Executives
  • Clinical Commissioning Group Members
  • Chairs of NHS Trust Board
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Directors / Heads of Nursing
  • Directors / Heads of Public Health
  • Directors / Heads of Adult Social Services
  • Directors / Heads of Children’s Social Services
  • Directors / Heads of Finance
  • General Practitioners and Practice Managers
  • Heads of Commissioning
  • Heads of Service
  • Heads of Strategy
  • Heads of Supported Employment
  • Health and Wellbeing Boards and Managers
  • Housing Associations
  • Medical Directors / Officers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers