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Mental Health Day Conference - Mental Health: Me & You

Date: 12 Dec, 2018

Time: 09.00 - 17.00

Address: Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Timbold Drive MK7 6BZ, Milton Keynes

Event Information

This full day of CPD has been developed to provide learning opportunities around many of the challenges faced when caring for patients who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health. The sessions will cover many topics, including the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act and how the law influences and impacts upon your clinical decision making. Also covered will be some specific mental health presentations, the roles of other mental health professionals and some of the support services that are available to access. Finally, some of the day will be focused on the importance of supporting the mental health and wellbeing of us all. 


 08:30-09:00  Registration & Coffee 
 09:00-09:15  Welcome and introduction  

 Well being support: A personal and professional perspective 
Jules Lockett, Practice Learning Manager, Emergency Operations Centre, London Ambulance Service

Jules will deliver an insightful presentation into how supportive management of mental health in the workplace can aid recovery and the work to drive improvements, both locally and nationally in mental health awareness within the Ambulance Service.   


 Importance of staff wellbeing and what the charity offer 
Daniel Squibb Director of Engagement and Strategy, TASC  

The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC) is the leading UK charity providing support to all present and past ambulance staff and their families in time of need, both in the NHS and independent sector. TASC will be highlighting what support services they offer, including psychological and counselling services, physical rehabilitation, bereavement support, financial grants and debt advice.  


 How trauma can affect a paramedic’s psychological wellbeing 
Jo Mildenhall MCPara, Paramedic Team Leader/Paramedic Researcher, South Central Ambulance Service and member of the College of Paramedics Mental Health and wellbeing Steering Group 

@Jojo_research has talked at a number of conferences and study days for paramedics, including the College of Paramedics’ National Conference in 2017. She has most recently presented to the Pearson Commission ‘NHS Staff Mental Wellbeing Review’, whereby recommendations will be made within the to-be-published Heath Education England ‘Health and Care Workforce Strategy’. Jo will be talking about her research into the psychological wellbeing of frontline staff responding to trauma.

10:45-11:00  Refreshment break

  Recognising post-natal psychosis and other maternal mental health presentations  
Carly Galpin, Perinatal Mental Health Lead, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Carly will be talking about how you can support and recognise both perinatal and postnatal mental health presentations and is also particularly interested in improving access to Perinatal Mental Health support for staff who work in the NHS.  


 Does your patient lack capacity? 
Duncan Moore, Mental Health Lead, East of England Ambulance Service.

Duncan will outline how to carry out an assessment of a patient’s capacity to make decisions and the importance of documentation. He will also discuss the Ambulance Service perspective and responsibilities to patient’s in a mental health crisis.   

12:30-13:30  Lunch

 The “other side” – Improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) 
Simon Warren, Mental Health Community Services Manager, Milton Keynes Community Health Services. Dr Neil Smith, Lead Clinician, Milton Keynes Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Service. 

 This is an exciting and informative opportunity to hear from the “other side”. To hear what psychological therapies are available for your patient, when it is appropriate for Ambulance staff to initiate access to these services and how to go about doing just that.  


 What can an AMHP do for you and your patient 
Alan Goss, Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Lead for Milton Keynes

Alan will explore what circumstances would generally result in an assessment of a patient under the Mental Health Act and how this is conducted, providing insight into the ambulance clinician role in these situations, including conveying a detained patient and executing mental health warrants.  

 15:00-15:15   Refreshment break

How the police can support the ambulance service and vice-versa  
Michael Brown, Police Inspector, Police Inspector and author of the ‘Paramedic Series’ Blog. 


Michael Brown, Police Inspector, Police Inspector and author of the ‘Paramedic Series’ Blog. 

If you’ve never heard @MentalHealthCop speak then we highly recommend this conference, Michael will discuss the Police response, how that interacts with the Ambulance Service, when and where it is appropriate to use “sectioning”, how the law can complicate the management of mental health crisis in the community and how that affects what you can do with your patient. 

 16:45-1700   Close and Certificates


The College of Paramedics is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of paramedics through a variety of initiatives that have gained traction throughout 2018. If you would like more information or to discuss further, members of our Mental Health and Wellbeing Steering Group will be on hand at what will be a very informative and insightful day of learning for all who attend. 

Lunch and refreshments and CPD certificates provided

Free Parking

The venue has an onsite gym and leisure facilities which are free for day delegates attending this event if you wish to unwind after the conference.






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