Key Points
  • You will hear an update from senior leaders at the NPCC, The Police Federation, and The Home Office on what strategies police chiefs should be taking to support the wellbeing of their teams
  • You will gain insight into the impact of covid-19 on police mental health in the long term, from a new survey conducted by the University of Huddersfield and funded by the National Police Wellbeing Service
  • You will understand what measures work best to improve the resilience of officers recovering from traumatic events, from charities and individuals with lived experience
  • You will hear about Surfwell, an alternative approach to helping support staff wellbeing and recovery, and whether it is right for your team
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Overview
Expert Speakers:

  • Senior Representative, The Home Office
  • Chief Constable Chris Rowley, National Wellbeing Portfolio Lead, NPCC
  • John Apter, Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales
  • Mark Chambers, Trauma Impact Prevention Lead, Police Care UK
  • Inspector Phil Spencer, Wellbeing and Blue Light Inspector, Cleveland Police
  • Dan Gillard, Head of Service Occupational Health & Wellbeing, Surrey & Sussex Police Fire & Rescue
  • Kelly Drewry, Blue Light Programme Manager Mind
  • Rosanna Hunt, Occupational Psychologist and Research Associate, NHS Horizons
  • Ruth Moore, Head of Equality & Diversity, Derbyshire Police
  • Sergeant James Mallows, Co-founder and Project Leader, Surfwell Devon & Cornwall
  • Sam Davies, Co-founder, Surfwell Devon & Cornwall
  • Professor Jason Roach, Director of the Applied Criminology and Policing Centre, University of Huddersfield

    Close to one in five police officers and staff in the UK have symptoms of PTSD, and reports of mental ill health among all emergency services personnel are rising. This year has been especially difficult, with the usual stresses and traumas of the job compounded by new concerns created by the pandemic: bereavement, public hostility, and fear of catching and spreading the virus.

    The pandemic has placed the issue of police wellbeing in the spotlight and encouraged police chiefs to promote positive mental health and wellbeing with a new sense of urgency. Across the country, police teams and charities are working together to dismantle the culture of ‘suffering in silence’, putting new support measures in place, raising awareness and trialing innovative methods to improve staff mental health and wellbeing.

    Join Westminster Insight’s Police Wellbeing and Mental Health Conference to hear the latest on the national strategy to improve wellbeing in the police and specific methods put in place to tackle post-traumatic stress and build resilience.

    You will hear from award winning best practice, and lessons learned from other sectors to cultivate cultural change and normalise conversations around mental health. Explore how to implement peer support networks to help support staff dealing with PTSD and tackle stigma.


Agenda
Start

08:50 - 09:00
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

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Dan Gillard Head of Service Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Surrey and Sussex Police, Fire, and Rescue

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09:00 - 10:00
Keynote Address: Managing the Mental Health and Wellbeing of the Police Workforce

 
  • Addressing the current climate of police wellbeing, the challenges staff face, and ensuring the right support exists for all
  • Understanding how government can help police chiefs support the welfare of their staff
  • Implementing frameworks and support programmes to drive organisational change
9:50 - 10:00 Questions and Discussion

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John Apter National Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales

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Chris Rowley National Wellbeing Portfolio Lead, NPCC

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Senior Representative The Home Office

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10:00 - 10:30
Understanding the Positive and Negative Impacts of Covid-19 on Police Wellbeing and Mental Health

 
  • Reviewing the direct impact Covid-19 has had on the physical and mental health of police staff
  • Discussing the way Covid-19 has affected the conversation around police mental health
  • Assessing how the pandemic could impact the future of police culture and mental health support for officers and staff  
10:20 - 10:30 Questions and Discussion

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Jason Roach Director of the Applied Criminology and Policing Centre, University of Huddersfield

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10:30 - 10:50
Break

 

10:50 - 11:20
Best practice case study: An overview of the Surfwell Wellbeing Support Pilot

 
  • Discussing alternative approaches to supporting emergency services personal with their wellbeing
  • Understanding how the project can help staff reduce stress and improve resilience
  • Comparing the project with more traditional approaches to help identify whether it is right for your team
11:10 - 11:20 Questions and Discussion

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Sam Davies Co-founder, Surfwell Devon and Cornwall

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James Mallows Co-founder and project leader, Surfwell Devon and Cornwall

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11:20 - 12:00
Enabling Staff and Teams to Cope with Traumatic Events

 
  • Blue Lights Case study: Best practice example from a ‘Trail Blazer in Workplace Wellbeing’
  • Sharing solutions to tackle stigma and raise awareness of mental health among police staff
  • Working closely with peer support networks to ensure continual support for staff dealing with PTSD
11:50 - 12:00 Questions and Discussion

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Mark Chambers Trauma Impact Prevention Lead, Police Care UK

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Kelly Drewry Blue Light Programme Manager, Mind

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Phil Spencer Wellbeing and Blue Light Champion, Cleveland Police

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12:00 - 12:30
Building Inclusive Working Environments for People from All Backgrounds

 
  • Understanding the relationship between wellbeing and staff diversity 
  • Discussing strategies to actively recruit and retain a more diverse workforce
12:20 - 12:30 Questions and Discussion

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Ruth Moore Head of Equality and Diversity, Derbyshire Police

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12:30 - 13:00
Co-designing More Equal Working Environments: Lessons from Other Sectors

 
  • Discussing the overlaps between the wellbeing of the police and other emergency services
  • Encouraging staff at all levels to talk openly about their mental health and wellbeing
  • Creating flat team cultures and fostering an environment of open dialogue across hierarchies
12:50 - 13:00 Questions and Discussion

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Rosanna Hunt Associate, NHS Horizons

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13:00 - 13:15
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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Dan Gillard Head of Service Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Surrey and Sussex Police, Fire, and Rescue

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End

Speakers

John Apter National Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales

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Mark Chambers Trauma Impact Prevention Lead, Police Care UK

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Sam Davies Co-founder, Surfwell Devon and Cornwall

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Kelly Drewry Blue Light Programme Manager, Mind

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Dan Gillard Head of Service Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Surrey and Sussex Police, Fire, and Rescue

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Rosanna Hunt Associate, NHS Horizons

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James Mallows Co-founder and project leader, Surfwell Devon and Cornwall

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Ruth Moore Head of Equality and Diversity, Derbyshire Police

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Jason Roach Director of the Applied Criminology and Policing Centre, University of Huddersfield

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Chris Rowley National Wellbeing Portfolio Lead, NPCC

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Senior Representative The Home Office

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Phil Spencer Wellbeing and Blue Light Champion, Cleveland Police

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Venue details

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