We are proud to be joining leaders from across the UK’s emergency services for this year’s Emergency Responders’ Senior Leaders Board meeting, held as part of the Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium.

The Symposium, which will take place on 23 and 24 November at Silverstone Race Circuit, is a follow-up to the Symposium last year, held by The Royal Foundation, which was also attended by His Royal Highness Prince William.

This ‘one year on’ event is being delivered by a collaboration of emergency service and first responder organisations, together with charities like us which support them. It is being co-ordinated by the College of Paramedics and will be a unique opportunity to hear from practitioners, senior leaders, frontline staff and subject matter experts from a wide range of 999 services and organisations from across the UK.

Our Chief Executive, Dr Jill Tolfrey, will attend this year’s event and showcase the vital work we’ve been doing to support our beneficiaries’ mental health and wellbeing.

Dr Tolfrey will also be one of several leaders attending the Emergency Responders’ Seniors Leaders Board meeting, as part of the event.

“I’m delighted to be attending the Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium and the Emergency Responders’ Senior Leaders Board meeting,” said Dr Tolfrey.

“Having the opportunity to come together with other emergency service representatives and leaders is incredibly valuable, not only to share the work we have been doing to support our 999 family, but also collaborate on ideas to ensure we continue to support their mental health for years to come.”

The Symposium will include a panel with members of three emergency services, sessions on getting active, family support, managing fatigue and supporting new recruits, and a Wellbeing Hub space for delegates to unwind in.

Delegates will discover how to maximise the impact they can have on improving wellbeing within their own organisations, and also hear the progress that has been made since the inaugural event last year.

And one of those presenting at this year’s Symposium will be Professor Rowena Hill, our Honorary Research Lead at Nottingham Trent University since 2013. You can read about her work with us here.

The Symposium is open to anyone working within the emergency services and responder organisations with an interest in wellbeing and mental health. It is free to attend, with a limited number of spaces available – issued on a first come, first served basis.

Prince William hosted the first Emergency Responder Senior Leader Board in 2020, which we were proud to attend, with a focus on promoting collaborative working across the nation’s emergency services to ensure that all emergency responders receive the mental health support they need.

To book your place at this year’s event, please click here. The deadline for registration is 31st October 2022.