Current Events

22nd March 2022

17:30 – 18:30

Leadership and Mental Health Advocacy: My Journey

Join us on 11th January for an insightful journey through the career of Dame Clare Gerada DBE, a trailblazing London GP who became Chair (and then President) of the RCGP – only the second woman to hold both positions in 50 years.

Our session will trace Dame Gerada’s incredible journey in healthcare, from her beginnings in a South London GP Practice to her work as a Trustee of ‘Doctors in Distress’, a charity founded to provide mental health crisis support for doctors and dentists.

A lifelong advocate for mental health, Dame Gerada will user her Leadership session to tackle the ‘heal thyself’ mantra so prevalent in healthcare and discuss her best-selling book, Beneath the White Coat, Doctors, their Minds and Mental Illness.”

Did you know that:

  • On average, one doctor commits suicide every three weeks
  • Doctors are two to 5 times more likely to die by suicide than the general population

Clare’s session will also explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on medics and her experiences in a wide variety of other leadership roles, including as Senior Medical Advisor to the Department of Health and Medical Director of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme.

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Upcoming Events

Past Events

13th October 2021

14:30 – 15:30

We Are All System Leaders Now

People need more joined up and integrated care in a post pandemic world where health inequalities are starker than ever. This poses challenges for us as leaders in our organisations and in our systems.

This session will set out practical measures by which leaders can become more effective at all levels using real life examples and personal experiences alongside academic studies. Rob will make the case of how we all need to be system leaders now.

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Have an understanding of how West Yorkshire and Harrogate is developing as an ICS
  • Gain practical hints and tips on being an effective system leader
  • Learn about support and resources available for all

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11th August 2021

13:30 – 14:30

A Zero-based approach to suicide prevention in prisons

Mersey Care has been a leading advocate for ‘Zero Suicide, meaning we believe that suicide is preventable.

This event led by Professor Joe Rafferty will focus on the work undertaken in HMP Liverpool relating to introducing a Zero Suicide based approach.

At the end of this session you will have enhanced knowledge of the zero-suicide concept and a better understanding of the work currently taking place to implement a zero suicide approach.

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14th July 2021

16:30 – 17:30

Covid-19 In Prisons – Response, Reflections & Future Learning

COVID-19 has been the most significant public health challenge of the last century, with prisons among the most complex settings impacted globally.

Throughout the pandemic PHE have worked closely with partners to prevent and respond to outbreaks.

Initially, PHE’s worst case scenario modelling predicted potential infection rates of tens of thousands and up to 2,000 deaths. The reality has thankfully been much less impactful.

Highly effective partnership working has given us the ability to mitigate the worst impact of COVID-19. This partnership work is essential to support the pandemic recovery, allowing us to learn from the current pandemic and apply lessons to prepare us better for the future as well as improving health systems in prisons overall.

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Have greater understanding of the challenge of managing COVID-19 in secure estates in England.
  • Understand the role of effective partnership working across multiple agencies.
  • Gain learning from the current experience to help prepare for the next and support COVID recovery.

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8th June 2021

14:30 – 15:30

Learning to Lead in a VUCA world

Addressing the Strategic Leadership Challenge in Complex Systems

For leaders working in a complex human system, the lived experience can be both challenging and confusing.  Our world is characterised by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA).

The leadership challenge is to find meaning and gain insight, leading to the ability to take positive action.  This requires the process of “leading to learn” where the emphasis is placed on leader as host in a system, rather than occupying a more traditional heroic role.

The art of a leader in a VUCA world involves adopting a reflexive approach. This involves challenging one’s own taken for granted assumptions and those of others, seeking to generate meaningful understanding of what is expected of them and the organisation’s and systems they are engaged in.

This session offers a potential route map to enable leaders to navigate the complexity of VUCA systems, leading to enhanced understanding and the development of sustainable strategic approaches to service delivery.

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14th May 2020

10:30 – 11:30

Have we wasted 10 years? Marmot revisited

“Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On” was published a year ago, and in the meantime COVID-19 has shown us that health and social inequalities remain shockingly stubborn.

Throughout this session we will reflect on Marmot’s messages 10 years on and find out how COVID-19 shone a spotlight on disadvantage before discussing what we can do to make a difference to health inequalities.