How to create a mentally healthy workplace

Early intervention strategies you should be incorporating into your workplace


25 July | Crowne Plaza Liverpool, L3 1QW

09:00 - 10:30

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The UK faces a significant mental health challenge at work. We are sitting on a volcano that is about to erupt.

Mental health issues still top the list as the most common cause of long-term absence. A combination of absenteeism and presenteeism cause a loss in productivity at work. In the UK, organisations have productivity losses of 9.3 percent every year due to absenteeism and presenteeism1. A healthy and engaged workforce is far more productive at work.

1 .CIPD. 2016. Measuring what works: workplace well-being.

The earlier poor mental health is recognised and treated, the better the result

- Dr Philip McCrea, Chief Medical Officer, BHSF Occupational Health

If the UK prioritises mental health at work, we can become global leaders in reducing stigma, improving the mental health of our population, and providing support for those who need it.2

Leading consultant in occupational mental health - Dr Philip McCrea, Chief Medical Officer at BHSF Occupational Health, will discuss key solutions that address mental health in the workplace.

2. Thriving at work, The Stevenson / Farmer review of mental health and employers, 2017

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This breakfast seminar will discuss:

How to create an open culture for mental health
How to develop and incorporate a presenteeism policy
Employment law considerations when dealing with mental health in the workplace
Key legal risks
How to remove the associated stigma attached to mental health
What is an EAP+ and how can it address mental health in your business?
Definition of disability when it comes to mental health
How to encourage open conversations about mental health
Innovative ideas to combine EAP and OH providers
Fitness to attend a hearing
Best practice when making Occupational Health referrals


09:00 - 09:25
Registration & breakfast

09:25 - 09:30
Welcome from Brian Hall, Chief Commercial Officer, BHSF

09:30 - 09:50
Early intervention strategies - Dr Philip McCrea, Chief Medical Officer, BHSF Occupational Health

09:50 - 10:00
Q&A with Dr Philip McCrea, Chief Medical Officer, BHSF Occupational Health

10:00 - 10:20
Legal issues around mental health - Alan Lewis, Partner, Irwin Mitchell

10:20 - 10:30
Q&A with Alan Lewis, Partner, Irwin Mitchell


Dr Philip McCrea

Dr Philip McCrea
Chief Medical Officer, BHSF Occupational Health

Philip is an expert in occupational health and has 28 years' experience of working full-time in occupational health. Philip has been a consultant in occupational medicine to over 1,000 corporate clients and has extensive experience in the management of mental health issues in the workplace, specifically stress-related illness. Philip has acted as an expert on stress in 168 industrial tribunals and court appearances, more than any other occupational health practitioner in the UK.

Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis
Partner, Irwin Mitchell

Alan is a Partner in the Irwin Mitchell Employment team, based in Manchester. With nearly 20 years' experience in the employment sector, he is renowned among clients for his dedicated approach and attention to detail. He mainly advises employers, and his clients range from SMEs to larger companies with thousands of employees.

Alan advises employers on how best to streamline management of staff and resources, in order to reduce the time spent on areas adding little value to the business. He also assists directors and other senior executives in drawing up contracts with their employing company, or negotiating an exit deal if they are looking to move elsewhere.

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