4.4 NHS workforce: preventing suicides, saving lives
20th June, 1:00-2:00pm
Research and Development Manager
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Practice Learning Manager, Control Services
London Ambulance Service
Equality, Diversity & Human Rights Manager and Deputy Regional Lead
Chief Nursing Officer’s BME Strategic Advisory Board (Midlands & East)
NHS Practitioner Health Programme
Deputy Managing Director
Association of Ambulance Chief Executives
Chair: Will Hancock, Chief Executive, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
How society views and discusses mental illness is changing; but stigma still exists, and health staff face many real and perceived barriers to accessing care for their mental health needs. Married with the pressurised and often traumatic nature of their work, this had led to higher than average numbers of tragic deaths by suicide in parts of the health service.
During the session, attendees will hear about the important work from the ambulance sector in relation to suicide prevention within their workforce; about what support is available for the wider NHS workforce in regard to mental health and what values and behaviours employees value from their employer.
Strands: People-centred health and care