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Ian joined Informa (formerly UBM) in 2018 as the Editor of SHP. Ian studied journalism at university before spending seven years in online fantasy gaming. Prior to moving to Informa, Ian worked in business to business trade print media, in the automotive sector. He was Online Editor and then moved on to be the Editor of two publications aimed at independent automotive technicians and parts distributors.
October 28, 2020

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Mental Health

Safer Highways announces strong speaker line-up for its virtual mental health summit

Karl Simons, Professor Dame Carol Black, Bill Hill and Simon Blake will speak at the unveiling of the results of Safer Highways second annual report into standards around the provision of support in the field of workplace mental health.

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Karl Simons, speaking at the Safer Highways Summit in 2019

The road to wellbeing is an approach and set of ideals for delivering occupational health and wellbeing within the highways sector. The model, from Safer Highways, is of guidance and provides a framework under four strategic headings to support the sector by developing a leading approach to the management of Occupational Health and Wellbeing. This guidance aims to support national strategies and guidance as well as a number of legal requirements regarding employment, including employers’ duty of care as well as satisfying best practice guidance such as the basic core mental health standards in the Thriving to work review by Stevenson and Farmer.

Following on from the success in 2019, when the results were unveiled to the industry during a breakfast meeting at the House of Lords on the banks of the River Thames, this year’s event will take place virtually, on Wednesday 2 December.

The speaker line up for the event is as follows:

  • Karl Simons, Chief Health, Safety & Wellbeing Officer, Thames Water;
  • Professor Dame Carol Black, Chair of the British Library, the Centre for Ageing Better, and Think Ahead, the Government’s fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers;
  • Bill Hill: Chief Executive, Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity;
  • Simon Blake OBE, Chief Executive, Mental Health First Aid England.

The “Road to Better Wellbeing” is a three- year plan which provides a support network to help the highways supply chain to ensure legal compliance, achieve best practice and demonstrate maturity in Occupational Health and Wellbeing Management.

One week remains to complete the Thriving at Work Survey, click here to complete it.

Places at the summit are strictly limited to 150 for what will be the opportunity to have a first glance at how the highways and construction sector have improved in the field of mental health.

Click here to register.

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