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Agenda

  • Day 1: Tuesday 6th Oct 2020, 09:45 - 12:45
  • Day 2: Wednesday 7th Oct 2020, 09:45 - 12:45
9:45 am
Conference Log In & Accessing Online Platform

*Please note to comply with the latest public health guidance around Covid-19, this conference will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates

10:00 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Bev Messinger
Bev Messinger
Chief Executive
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
Confirmed
Part 1 - Health Intervention Guidance
10:10 am
Morning Keynote: Promoting High-Quality Health Interventions in the Workplace Post Covid-19
  • Examining the impact of Public Health England’s (PHE) online wellbeing guidance to support the mental health of people working from home, as well as parents and carers during covid-19 
  • Outlining how PHE has worked in partnership with Business in the Community to develop a suite of toolkits providing guidance to employers on topics such as mental health, musculoskeletal health, drugs, alcohol and tobacco use, sleep and domestic abuse
  • Highlighting the importance of evaluating workplace interventions and outlining the Developing and Evaluating Workplace Health Interventions Toolkit for Employers
  • Sharing guidance on how local authorities and their partners can successfully establish a Local Workplace Health Accreditation Scheme and how this would improve workplace wellbeing
Magdalene Mbanefo-Obi
Magdalene Mbanefo-Obi
Head of Health and Work Programme | Health Improvement Directorate
Public Health England
Confirmed
10:30 am
Effectively Supporting Employees Back to Work After Long-Term Sick Leave

This session will explore NICE’s Workplace Health: Long-Term Sickness Absence and Capability to Work, guideline NG146, which was published in November 2019.

Delegates will hear how they can implement the recommendations and advice about ensuring a smooth transition back to work, including keeping in touch with employers on long-term sick leave, assessing and certifying fitness for work, making workplace adjustments, early intervention advice. As well as learning more about the impact of working remotely has on returning to work after sickness.

Paul Lincoln
Paul Lincoln
Public Health Advisory Committee
NICE
Confirmed
10:50 am
Questions and Answers Sessions
11:10 am
Break and Networking
Part 2 - Strategy, Culture and Training
11:25 am
Supporting the Supporters: Outlining Guidance for Occupational Health Professionals

Nick Pahl, CEO of The Society of Occupational Medicine will be outlining guidance and support for Occupational Health Professionals to help improve the wellbeing of employees across the public and private sector. This guidance will include the Covid-19 Return to Work Toolkit created in partnership with The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Mind, BITC and ACAS.

Nick Pahl
Nick Pahl
CEO
The Society of Occupational Medicine
Confirmed
11:45 am
Creating a Healthy Workplace Culture Through Support and Communication

Jakki Mills, Co-Founder & Richard Tunsich, Vice-Chair of The Insolvency Service’s Break the Stigma Network will be outlining how the network was established as a method to support staff experiencing mental ill health, raise awareness of mental health issues and promote wellbeing at work.

This session will also discuss how the network evolved into creating a healthy workplace culture and environment, resulting in a mindfulness training course for more than 200 staff, mental health awareness training of more than 100 managers and the creation of 24 workplace mental health first aiders.

Runner-Up –  Workforce Wellbeing: Guardian Public Service Awards 2019

Jakki Mills
Jakki Mills
Co-Founder - Beat the Stigma Network
The Insolvency Service
Confirmed
Richard Tunsich
Richard Tunsich
Vice-Chair
The Insolvency Service
Confirmed
12:05 pm
Utilising VR Training to Improve Employees Understanding of Mental Health Issues
  • Outlining how Thames Water successfully created and embedded their “Time to Talk” strategy, as a method to raise the issue of wellbeing across the organisation
  • Examining how VR training technology was utilised so employees can better understand the impact of ignoring mental wellbeing warning signs, by becoming someone who is suffering from severe depression
  • Highlighting the impact of the training, which saw an 18% increase in employee assistance programme uptake, 350 people joining an internal mental health group and five times more contacts being undertaken my mental health first aiders
  • Discussing how the training could be delivered for employees who work remotely and the importance of adapting training for remote workers
Aimee Cain
Aimee Cain
Occupational Health and Wellbeing Manager
Thames Water
Confirmed
12:20 pm
Questions and Answers Session
12:45 pm
Chair's Closing Remarks

*Programme Subject to Change

9:45 am
Conference Login and Accessing the Online Platform

*Please note to comply with the latest public health guidance around Covid-19, this conference will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates

10:00 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Bev Messinger
Bev Messinger
Chief Executive
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
Confirmed
Part 1 – Leadership, Remote Working & Covid-19
10:05 am
The Role of Strong Leadership in Championing Workplace Health and Wellbeing in the Aftermath of Covid-19
  • Outlining the importance of creating a supportive environment through strong senior management, including treating mental and physical health as equally important and ensuring employees have regular one-to-ones with their managers
  • Sharing guidance on how senior leaders can embed a ‘health first’ approach for all employees, whether they work on-site or remotely from home
  • Examining methods which employers can implement to support staff upon returning to work, including adjustments such as working from home, flexible hours, reduced workload, or phased return process
  • Highlighting the changing role of HR in managing workplace wellbeing and conflict in the aftermath of covid-19 and the importance of senior management understanding these changes
Abigail Hirshman
Abigail Hirshman
Specialist Lead on Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
ACAS
Confirmed
10:20 am
Effectively Supporting the Wellbeing of Employees Working Remotely
  • Examining the changing landscape of wellbeing support needed in the aftermath of covid-19, including the importance of supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of remote workers
  • Sharing guidance on how organisations can effectively signpost the appropriate support available to their employees, both in and outside of the workplace
  • Outlining how employers can effectively recruit, train and utilise mental health first aiders across the workplace
  • Analysing MHFA’s Mental Health Resources for Remote Working, including resource for employees to use themselves and tools for mental health first aiders to support colleagues working from home
Simon Blake OBE
Simon Blake OBE
Chief Executive
Mental Health First Aid England
Confirmed
10:35 am
Prioritising Staff Wellbeing During a Time of Crisis: Lessons Learned from the Covid-19 Pandemic

Edinburgh Council will outline how they supported their 18,500 staff, 7,500 of which would fall into the essential worker category, to remain both physically and mentally healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Edinburgh Council’s response included reviewing working from home practices to support workers and improve wellbeing, as well as creating a detailed reporting system to track who was and was not able to work at any given moment.

This session will also be outlining the ongoing changes the council will make to its HR and wellbeing practices in a post-covid 19 world.

Katy Miller
Katy Miller
Head of Human Resources
City of Edinburgh Council
Confirmed
10:50 am
Questions and Answers Session
11:05 am
Break and Networking
11:20 am
Effectively Implementing a Financial Wellbeing Strategy

In this session, Salary Finance will present the findings from research on the state of financial wellbeing in the UK and uncover the 5 key steps to build and execute a successful financial wellbeing strategy.
This session will outline how to:

  • Build a robust business case for financial wellbeing that talks in the language of your C-Suite and Board
  • Focus on progress, not perfection to help employees with the greatest need
  • Understand your employees to determine which financial wellbeing solutions will have the greatest impact
  • Forge a positive company culture based on removing taboos around money
    Create communication strategies that will deliver the greatest engagement and long-term value
Dhiren Master, CMO & Global Insights Director, Salary Finance
Dhiren Master
Dhiren Master
CMO & Global Insights Director
Salary Finance
Confirmed
11:35 am
Effectively Engaging With Staff to Improve their Workplace Wellbeing
  • Outlining how Vivid Homes went through a restructure as part of a company merger and the impact this had on staff stress and anxiety, which saw 5% of the staff made redundant and a third of staff reporting sickness for mental health reasons
  • Examining the engagement campaign established in the aftermath, to help promote mental health and wellbeing across the company, including drop-in sessions and information on the intranet giving advice and signposting employees to local mental health charities
  • Sharing advice on how Vivid created an app on every employee’s smartphone which aimed to improve mental health and build resilience, including how this helped engage trade staff who worked out of the office or from home, which makes up half of the workforce
  • Analysing the success of the project, including keeping goals realistic and regular engagement which has seen mental health-related sickness absences reduce by 22%, saving an estimated £100,610
  • Highlighting how the app was utilsed during Covid-19 to help support and engage with staff  who have shifted to working from home rather than in an office environment
Duncan Short
Duncan Short
Director of Resources
Vivid Homes
Confirmed
11:50 am
Questions and Answers Session
12:05 pm
Shared Learning Workshop: Effectively Evaluating a Workplace Wellbeing Strategy Post Covid-19

In light of the dramatic spike in the number of employees who worked remotely due to Covid-19, it is vital that organisations understand the impact this had on staff mental and physical wellbeing. 

This 40-minute interactive workshop provides attendees with insights on how they can effectively evaluate and improve their organisation’s wellbeing strategy in the aftermath of Covid-19, as well as practical guidance on the changes which will have to make as a result.

This session also provides attendees with dedicated time to discuss, debate and share best practice wellbeing initiatives from across the public sector.

Jane Abraham
Jane Abraham
Policy Fellow
DWP/DHSC Joint Work and Health Unit
Confirmed
12:45 pm
Chair's Closing Address

*Programme Subject to Change

Bev Messinger
Bev Messinger
Chief Executive
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
Confirmed