For the second event the capacity was increased and 105 delegates attended.
The themes of this conference were:
- Promoting diversity and inclusion
- Understand Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Making Every Contact Count
- Introduction to Trans Issues
- Being Dementia Friendly
The conference opened with welcome speeches from Daren Mochrie, Chief Executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service and Tracy Myhill, Chief Executive of Welsh Ambulance Service.
Kirsten Willis and Alistair Gunn, Chairs of the National Ambulance LGBT Network outlined the objectives of the Network and gave a progress report on recent projects.
La-Chun Lindsay is the Managing Director of GE Aviation in Wales and her inspirational keynote speech focussed on changing cultures in organisations. The vibrancy of workforces is enhanced by developing a culture of ‘victors not victims’.
The second keynote speech by Darren Humphreys, Senior Clinician at March on Stress left people in no doubt that LGBT ambulance staff are at high risk of stress. Ambulance services need to evaluate their support mechanisms.
In a break from tradition, the afternoon session opened with a short one-man performance describing the highs and lows of Sam and Derek’s journey through the progression of dementia. ‘The Purple List’ was written by Libby Pearson and performed by Ian Baxter.
Val Nash, from South Western Ambulance Service, facilitated a workshop on Making Every Contact Count, while Jane Poulter, from Welsh Ambulance Service, volunteered her workshop on being Dementia Friendly.
Mike Taylor (RAF and South Western Ambulance Service) gave a personal insight into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Harry Palmer (Centre for Mental Health) explaining the consequences of not getting the right support.
Katie Yeomans facilitated a ‘no holds barred’ talk on the transitioning process. As Katie said, no question was off limits!