GPLA Mental Health Summit 2019

GPLA 2019 – the impact of organisational culture upon employee mental health

AACE were proud to host this important summit for another year. The GPLA Summit brings together a firm commitment between ambulance associations from the UK, Canada, America and Australasia to share best practice and research across a wide range of topics and especially to ensure that mental health stigma is mitigated across the pre-hospital care arena.

The programme included progress over the last 12 months in relation to employee mental health across the host nations considering new research and interventions.  We also explored employee mental health and wellbeing from the wider organisational culture context considering its impact upon our staff.

We were delighted to build on last year’s success of colleagues learning from both national and international colleagues, whilst providing ample opportunity for interaction, discussion and solution-finding.

Discussion Notes and Attendee Feedback from the 2019 GPLA Summit are here.

GPLA 2019 - Day One

 Developments in Employee Mental Health - The Last 12 Months
Chair: Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England
08.30Arrival and Registration
Morning Coffee & Tea (Stratford Suite)
RE-SETTING THE SCENE: KEY DEVELOPMENTS OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS
09.00Welcome and overviewSuzanne Rastrick
Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England

09.30AustralasiaDavid Waters & Mojca Bizjak-Mikic
CAA
09.50CanadaDr. Nick Carleton & Dr. Renee MacPhee
Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC)

10.10USAPat Songer
Executive Director, National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA)
10.30England / UKWill Hancock
Chief Executive Officer,
South Central Ambulance Service,
AACE CEO Mental Health Lead
10.50Refreshment Break
THE ASPIRATION
11.10Australia: what does a ‘well’ paramedic look like?Raelene Hartman
Chief Psychologist, New South Wales Ambulance
11.35USA: growing EMS resilience Pat Songer
Executive Director, NEMSMA
12.00Discussion / group work
12.30Lunch
WORKING ENVIRONMENT
13.15Canada: violence against paramedics Elizabeth Donnelly
Co-ordinator, MSW Program, Associate Professor, University of Windsor
13.40UK: HCPC – people like us; understanding complaints about paramedics Liz Harris
Head of Professional Standards, College of Paramedics
14.05USA: Situational awareness – scene not safe: what did I sign up for? Sean Caffrey
President Elect, NEMSMA
14.30Discussion / group work
HEARING FROM OUR STAFF
15.20UK: 'Project A' – engaging with frontline staff Ian Baines
Associate, NHS Horizons
15.50CAA: global mental health survey Mojca Bizjack-Mikic
Consultant – Policy, Research and Analysis, CAA
16.20Discussion / group work
16.50Summary of the dayChair
17.00Close of Day 1

 

GPLA 2019 - Day Two

 Organisational Culture: Its Impact
08.30Morning Coffee & Tea
09.00Overview of Day Two Suzanne Rastrick
Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England

LEADERSHIP
09.15USA: Leadership through darkness – changing leadership perspectives on provider mental health Pat Songer
Executive Director, NEMSMA
09.45Canada: Impact of technological evolution on leadershipDoug Socha
Chief, Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services
10.15Australia: how a good leader can prevent potential psychological traumaTodd Wehr
Executive Manager, Staff Support Services, Queensland Ambulance Service
10.45Discussion / group work
11.15Refreshment Break
LESSENING THE PRESSURE
11.35Canada: harassment in the workplace Mark Mason
Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
12.00UK: Negotiated rota patterns

Session supported by Working Time Solutions
Rob Ashford
East of England Ambulance Service
12.25Discussion / group work
12.55Lunch
PRACTICAL APPLICATION
13.40UK: Mitigating late finishes

Craig Harman
London Ambulance Service
14.10NZ: 2011 Christchurch earthquakes – psychosocial support Daniel Ohs
Assistant Director of Operations, St Johns, NZ
NEXT STEPS
14.40Discussion / group work- Regroup with national colleagues
- Action planning
- Key learnings to take away
15.15Summary of the Event
15.30Event Closes