National Centre of Excellence for Military Mental Health

The Board was established in response to a recommendation arising from a research project commissioned by The Royal Foundation in 2018 into the mental health and wellbeing of emergency responders in the UK which was conducted by King’s College London and the Open University.

The Emergency Responder Senior Leader Board is the first of its kind, bringing together leaders from across all of the UK’s emergency services on the issue of mental health. It will promote collaborative working across the nation’s emergency services to ensure that all emergency responders receive the mental health support they need.

The Board was established by His Royal Highness in response to a recommendation arising from a research projectcommissioned by The Royal Foundation in 2018 into the mental health and wellbeing of emergency responders in the UK. Conducted by King’s College London and the Open University, the work identified a need for greater sharing of ‘better practice’ across the emergency services sector to best support the mental health of its workforces.

The Board meeting, which took place via video conference, was chaired by Professor Nicola Fear, King’s College London, who supervised The Royal Foundation’s research.

It’s a real pleasure and honour to be the Chair of this new Board, and I’m sure this is going to be a productive, collaborative and inspiring group to be part of. We’re all keen to support the mental health and wellbeing of this community and we want to ensure that their needs are met. We will use this Board as a forum to share best practice and learn from each other.

Professor Nicola Fear, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London

Attendees of the Emergency Responder Senior Leader Board meeting included representatives from The National Police Chiefs Council, The National Fire Chiefs Council, The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, Police Care UK, The Fire Fighters Charity, The Ambulance Staff Charity, Mountain Rescue England and Wales, and Mind.

This article is republished from King's College London under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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