Psychological safety: improving and protecting the mental health of your workforce

  • Published: 28th November 2017
  • Last updated: 1st February 2018
  • Start date: 27 Feb 2018
  • End date: 27 Feb 2018
  • Start time: 2 p.m.
  • End time: 7 p.m.

UK Chamber of Shipping
30 Park Street

Mental health and well-being are topics that are being spoken about more and more both within the maritime industry and as a whole. While its always been an important topic, there is now more conversation and more research being undertaken than ever before. 

Working at sea, or transitioning from sea to shore can be tough. An intense environment can exacerbate the feelings of isolation, fatigue, depression and stress that some workers encounter. 

This event will provide attendees with an insight into the positive impact of psychologically safe workplaces and the financial implications for companies with poor mental health within the workforce. We will also discuss the proactive steps employers can take to protect and enhance the mental health of their staff. 

The focus of the event will be to the share knowledge as best practice, educating to change culture, raise awareness of issues with the workplace and ‘costs’ of poor mental health for both employers, employees and morale.

The key note speaker for this event will be Professor Dame Carol Black. Dame Carol Black is the international leading expert on workforce well-being and the author of numerous publications on the subject.  She is a special advisor to the Department of Health and Public Health England as well as the Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge. 

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Draft programme: 

2.00 – 2.30 Registration and tea and coffee

2.30 – 2.35 Welcome 

2.35 – 3.00 Key note speech | Professor Dame Carol Black

3.00 – 3.20 Business perspective – cost implications of poor psychological safety

3.20 – 3.45 How to take a practical approach to improving psychological safety in the workplace | Hamish Moore, Wellbeing Works

3.45 – 4.15 Refreshment break

4.15 – 4.45 Is mindfulness valuable to your workplace? A case study of how this has helped in the NHS amongst surgeons | Ajit Abraham, Bart's Health NHS Trust

4.45 – 5.00 How industry is tackling the issue - The Seafarers Happiness Index | Steven Jones, on behalf of Mission to Seafarers

5.00 – 5.15 Concluding remarks

5.15 – 6.45 Networking and discussion with drinks and nibbles

Speaker Bios: 

Professor Dame Carol Black is the UK’s leading expert on Wellbeing at Work.  She is an advisor to NHS England and Public Health England and has written the seminal reports on Wellbeing at Work.  She was previously a leading Consultant Physician and is current Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge.  Dame Carol will present an engaging and insightful view about the significance of Wellbeing at Work, providing a National perspective and the relevance of Wellbeing in the Shipping Industries.

Hamish Moore is Chief Executive of Wellbeing Works and the creator of the Wellbeing Prediction tool Wbi.  His research has enabled organisations to identify the causes, costs and solutions to impaired Psychological Safety.  He has advised many leading organisations on creating Psychologically Safe workplaces and is a speaker at National Wellbeing Conferences. His presentation will be engaging and thoughtful, drawing on a range of examples of the value of measuring the level of Psychological Safety and the interventions that can lead to organisational improvements in staff Wellbeing.

 Ajit Abraham is a Hepato-pancreato-biliary and Trauma Surgeon, Chair of the Board of Surgery, and Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Bart’s Health NHS Trust. His own longstanding ‘Vipassana’ meditation practice has proven invaluable in meeting the challenges and stresses of a demanding surgical career. It has led him to introduce mindfulness practices as an evidence-based intervention for staff at Bart’s Health to support their resilience and wellbeing. He will share a surgical perspective on mindfulness that he hopes will be helpfully relevant to those in the Maritime and related sectors.

Steven Jones is a former seafarer who served on many different kinds of vessels, but spent most time on cable ships. Having moved ashore to gain a degree in Maritime Studies, Steven became a fraud investigator and worked for a major P&I Club. Steven now works freelance for a number of shipping organisations and companies, and is the campaign lead for the Seafarers Happiness Index – the “Head of Happiness”, as it were. The Seafarers Happiness Index is part of a new campaign to raise awareness of not just how seafarers feel, but of the issues which affect those feelings. It was started in 2015 as part of a dedicated social media platform for the maritime industry, but now sits as part of a reinvigorated campaign within the Mission to Seafarers.

Steven is also the author of key industry textbooks on a range of maritime subjects and has a Masters’ degree in Communications and Public Relations. Steven is currently the President of Propeller Club Liverpool, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Member of the Nautical Institute. 


If you have any problems registering to attend the event, click here or email Jenny Atkinson, Event Manager, UK Chamber of Shipping.