Mental Health: Supporting NHS Workforce Resilience 2025

  • Thursday, 06 February 2025
  • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Overview

Open Forum Events invite you to the third Mental Health: Supporting NHS Workforce Resilience conference which will appraise the psychological wellbeing of NHS staff and provide a platform to discuss potential solutions to improve the current situation.

Healthcare staff are known to have poorer mental health than those in other sectors and are reporting increased symptoms of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Sickness levels are at a record high with mental health issues being the biggest cause of absenteeism. In 2022 six million working days were lost in total to mental health and wellbeing reasons.

Improving the wellbeing of those caring for patients must be a priority for all healthcare organisations and this conference will offer delegates the opportunity to learn how this can be achieved.

The agenda features informative presentations, delivered by an expert speakers, case studies and an opportunity to share best practice which is applicable across the NHS. Interactive panels and casual networking will encourage attendees to immerse themselves in conversations to confront the challenges and determine improvement strategies.


Book your place today at the CPD accredited Mental Health: Supporting NHS Workforce Resilience conference as places are limited.


This conference is designed to induce change with knowledge, innovation, and inspiration.
Any transformation of a process or service requires the input of products and services devised to make improvements such as digital technologies; training provision; workforce planning; outsourced services; data and analytics etc.
If your organisation supports change through your products and services, our delegates and conference participants will be ready to engage with you.

  • Confirmed Speakers

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  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

  • Ollie Frith, International Director of Marketing, CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) International (proposed)

Opening Keynote Address

Dr Adam J. Turner, NHS England (provisionally confirmed)

"Resilience from a Different Angle: Learning from executive leaders"

Most of the time we look at personal resilience as recovering from adversity. Yet, what if we explore it from a different angle? Adam will share his research findings into the personal resilience of NHS executive leaders and what we might learn from these arguably successful people, to give us a different perspective on personal resilience.

  • Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health, King’s College London (confirmed)
"The Mental Health of Healthcare Staff: what do we know and what can be done."

This talk will provide data from the NHS CHECK study run by King’s College London, alongside other published information, to highlight the mental health of healthcare staff. Topics discussed will include moral injury as well as practical mechanisms to improve the psychological wellbeing of NHS staff.


Dr William Palmer, Senior Fellow, Nuffield Trust (provisionally confirmed)

"All is Not Well: Sickness Absence in the NHS"

This session will draw out some key insights around sickness absence in the NHS. How do levels compare to prior to the pandemic? Does this differ across the NHS? What is the link between staff health and retention? The presentation will cover these and other issues.


Question & Answer Session

Allocated planned time for speakers to receive questions from the audience and induce further discussion.


Coffee in the Networking Area

  • Dr Hilary Causer, Research Fellow, School of Health Sciences, University of Surrey (confirmed)
"A Colleague Death by Suicide: Postvention Guidance for the NHS"

The suicide rate among health workers is 24% higher than in the general population, and people who are exposed to or bereaved by suicide are at a heightened risk of occupational dropout and of dying by suicide. This is why postvention – the support of people affected by a suicide – is so important. Our research started with the ambition to create the first evidence-based postvention guidance to support NHS staff after the suicide of a colleague. Our aim has been to understand the impact on, and support needs of, NHS staff following a colleague’s death by suicide. In this presentation I will share our processes of engaging with NHS staff to generate data and understanding; our process of translating that learning into fit-for-purpose, evidence-based guidance; and I will give an overview of the published postvention guidance.

  • Dr Ekaterina Yurtaeva, Counselling Psychologist, Humber and North Yorkshire Resilience Hub (confirmed)
  • Dr Emma Groves, Clinical Psychologist , Humber and North Yorkshire Resilience Hub (confirmed)
"Improving outcomes for traumatised health and social care staff through the implementation of a trauma pathway within the HNY Resilience Hub."

Whilst the demands of the health and social care sector remain high and unrelenting, it is perhaps unsurprising to learn that health care workers experience higher rates of diagnosable mental health conditions than the general population. Specifically, researchers have estimated that the rate of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is around double that of the general population. This in turn raises concerns for the wellbeing of the workforce and the subsequent impact upon service provision, quality of care and high staff turnover. This session will explore the implementation of a trauma pathway within the HNY Resilience Hub, specifically aimed at reducing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress disorder and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in health and care workers and their families.



Case Study

"The Benefits of Exercise in Improving and Maintaining Psychological Resilience in a Mental Health Workforce"

In this session Helen and Neil will discuss the benefits of exercise in improving and maintaining psychological resilience in a mental health workforce. They will examine current trends, share best practice and provide the audience with practical key takeaways.


Question & Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area

A hot, two-course lunch consisting of multiple options will be provided for delegates. We cater for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten/dairy-free; just notify us ahead of time should you have any allergens or requirements.


Chairs Afternoon Address


Sharing Best Practice

  • Muzaffer Kaser, Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation (confirmed)
"Rapid Access to Mental Health Support for NHS Workers – Cambridgeshire NHS Staff Mental Health Service"

Cambridgeshire NHS Staff Mental Health Service (SMHS) offers comprehensive multidisciplinary mental health support for NHS staff of all roles, specifically tailored to individuals dealing with enduring and persistent conditions. The dedicated team comprises consultant psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, mental health nurses, an occupational health nurse, and efficient administrative personnel. This holistic approach to assessment and treatment has yielded substantial improvements in symptoms of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), facilitating the return to work for many and enhancing their job performance.
Furthermore, the service incorporated a research component to gauge its effectiveness and cost-efficiency. External funding has supported a Health Economics Evaluation study aimed at providing concrete evidence of the benefits, including improved workplace attendance and staff retention.
The Cambridgeshire Staff Mental Health Service stands out as a commendable model for addressing the mental health requirements of NHS personnel, particularly during times when a skilled and effective workforce is of utmost importance.

  • Anna Maratos, Head of Psychotherapy, CNWL Foundation NHS Trust (confirmed)
"How Group Analysts Helped an Organisation to Press Pause"

The NHS is a system under considerable pressure. In recognition of this, we devised an intervention for the system which seems to have been sustained and appreciated. As group analysts trained in systemic groupwork, we developed the Pressing Pause Programme, which trains and supervises Reflective Practice Facilitators from all staff cohorts within CNWL. It is complex and challenging work but there has been a substantial take-up of the course, which is on its sixth cohort. This talk aims to show some of the work and its results.


Question & Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break

  • Cath Taylor, Professor of Healthcare Workforce Organisation and Wellbeing, University of Surrey (confirmed)
"Care Under Pressure 2 - causes and solutions to workplace psychological ill-health for nurses, midwives and paramedics"

Nurses, midwives and paramedics collectively comprise over half of clinical staff in the NHS and have some of the highest prevalence of psychological ill-health. Existing literature tends to be profession specific and focussed on individual interventions that place responsibility for good psychological health with the staff themselves. We completed a realist synthesis of relevant literature, including over 200 sources, where we identified 26 context-mechanism-outcome configurations that explain how, why and for whom psychological ill-health develops in nurses, midwives and paramedics, despite the existence of interventions designed to mitigate it. Through our analysis we identified that delivering healthcare is a balancing act between needs of patients and system and the needs of staff and there is an urgent need for rebalancing to prioritise staff needs.


Sharing Best Practice

  • David Glover, Assistant Director of Social Work & Safeguarding, King’s College Hospital (confirmed)
"Social Work in the Workforce Context"

This presentation will provide information on the recent delivery of a Social Work programme created and delivered to support the NHS workforce. The programme was created from themes identified within the pandemic where we started to see the emergence of social pressures impacting on the safety and wellbeing of the workforce, a charity grant has allowed the mobilisation of a dedicated Social Worker that supports the workforce and is embedded within our employee relations, occupational health and wellbeing HRMs. The presentation will share success stories and challenges from the programme and hopefully inspire attendees to consider how staff support functions can become more holistic in their considerations on how to support staff.


Question & Answer Session


Chair's Closing Remarks


Event Close

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  • Gain 8 CPD points
  • Receive an update on the current state of NHS staff morale and how wellbeing and mental health can be supported
  • Discover the levels of staff absenteeism, especially those attributed to mental health issues, and how the number of sick days can be reduced
  • Hear accounts of lived experience and how resilience can be improved
  • Learn how colleagues can be supported through the menopause 
  • Gain an understanding of the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan and how it plans to boost recruitment and retention of staff
  • Develop insight into how to support neurodiverse colleagues
  • Understand how a pioneering programme is promoting secondary level mental health care for staff in an NHS Trust
  • Explore how postvention activities can support healing following a suicide
  • Be updated on the quest to bring joy at work
  • Listen to examples of best practice
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate with speakers and fellow professionals
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking
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