Work and wellbeing: Organisations and systems

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Work and wellbeing: Individual and team development

Building on session one but also free-standing, this session will take an organisation and system focus and draw on the Trust’s education and training programmes as well knowledge generated from our development and consulting work in collaboration with others to reflect on what is required systemically and organisationally to create and sustain organisations in which individuals and groups can thrive. The sessions will be co-chaired by Brian Rock and Chris Caldwell will host Lydia Hartland-Rowe, Angela Bagum, Elisa Reyes-Simpson, Jennie McShannon and Christine Mckenzie.

This session will aim to enable participants to join the panel in reflecting on the experience of being in work and to think about the core requirements of the workplace and the individual to enable people to continue to thrive in work, even under difficult circumstances. This session will connect our long experience of supporting individual learners and teams with our work with organisations and the wider system through a common thread of reflective practice.  Please see more information about the NHS Stress and Resilience Framework.

There will be a unique opportunity to draw on all of our experiences and challenges together with the particular issues of delivering health and mental health care and social care through the pandemic. All welcome. Please note that the timing of this talk is subject to change.

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CHRIS CALDWELL is Executive Director of Nursing and System Workforce Transformation at Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London. Chris is also Chief Nurse for North London Partners in Health and Care Integrated Care System where she is Senior Responsible Officer for staff wellbeing and provides strategic oversight of the North London Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub. Chris chairs the Cavendish Square Group London Mental Health Nurse Directors’ Forum. Chris also led the establishment of CapitalNurse, London’s programme of collective action to grow and sustain nursing across the capital and continues to sit on the programme board.

Chris is a registered nurse (adults and children) with Masters level education in Health Psychology and Health Care Education. She holds a Doctorate from Ashridge Business School focusing on transformational organisational change. Chris is passionate about applying relational and creative approaches to system leadership to achieve sustainable transformation through collective action to drive improvements in health and care to reduce inequalities and improve population health. She is an Honorary Visiting Professor at City, University of London and London South Bank University.

BRIAN ROCK took up his role as Director of Education & Training / Dean of Postgraduate Studies in January 2015. After qualifying as a clinical psychologist, before moving to London, Brian worked for the Goldstone Commission that was set up to examine political violence around the transition to democratic rule in 1994 in South Africa. This led to him being appointed as the founding director of an NGO, The Children’s Inquiry Trust. He has worked in the NHS since 1996 and was appointed as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in 2004. Brian has worked in different roles in the organisation and has been involved in delivering training and supervision for a number of courses for the Trust and elsewhere. Since July 2009, Brian was involved in setting up and overseeing primary care services for the Trust, most notably with our award winning City & Hackney Psychotherapy Consultation Service. He has been involved in developing and delivering training and consultation to GPs and primary care staff.

Brian is a psychoanalyst and a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He also has an MBA from Henley Business School. Brian has published and presented widely on various topics related to mental health, Medically Unexplained Symptoms, and service development and service evaluation in primary care. Brian is a Board Trustee for Student Minds, a national charity focussed on mental health and wellbeing for students in Higher Education, and for Independent Higher Education (IHE), a membership body for alternative education providers.  During his role Brian has led a number of key developments in education & training including the launch of the Digital Academy in Sept 2020 and the successful registration as a formal Higher Education institution with the Office for Students.

ANGELA KAUR BAGUM originally went to Art college and left to start her nurse training over 20 years ago. Since qualifying she has had the privilege as a Mental health nurse of working with and alongside many individuals, children and families in the areas of Addictions, Mother and Baby, Adult Acute, Forensic and CAMHS services across the continuum of mental health. She has been at the Trust since 2011, originally working with young people in Camden Youth Offending Service before moving to the Police station to support assessment of young people as they were arrested, often providing support in the moment and referring on to other local/national services.

Up until recently, she worked in the Lighthouse multi-agency service in Camden supporting children and young people in their experience of sexual abuse and exploitation. She is currently visiting lecturer and continues to work in the Add Wellbeing service supporting organisations through a whole systems approach in understanding wellbeing in the organisation. Throughout the years she has maintained her art practice and is currently training to become an Art Psychotherapist- developing further her psychodynamic and nursing experience in the awareness that trauma that cannot always be communicated verbally until fully understood internally, allowing the symbolism of art and metaphor to act as a mode of communication whilst in a holding space.

LYDIA HARTLAND-ROWE is Workforce Wellbeing Lead at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the Clinical Lead for Add Wellbeing, the Tavistock’s organisational mental health service for businesses and organisations keen to improve the mental wellbeing of their workforce, and the organisational approach to mental health. She trained as an orchestral musician and then as a psychoanalytic child psychotherapist, and has worked across a wide range of clinical services in the NHS and voluntary sector for over 20 years. Working in Group Relations, and as a Cohort Director in a leadership training for the NHS Leadership Academy, she is committed to the idea that working collaboratively, and being able both to lead and to follow, are crucial for supporting mental wellbeing and helping to create workplaces that are both productive, and a source of good human interactions. 

JENNIE MCSHANNON is an organisational consultant at Tavistock Consulting, working with a range of public and private sector organisations to develop leaders and teams and support organisation and system change. She brings to her role 20 years senior leadership experience in the voluntary sector, having started her career in frontline homelessness and addiction services, and led a national charity for seven years before joining the Trust. As CEO she found the systems-psychodynamic approach enormously helpful in leading the organisation through major change and engaging with diverse stakeholders within and beyond the organisation. Key to her consultancy is helping organisations understand how they get pulled away from achieving their task and purpose, and how they can use their understanding to both become more effective and create a more sustainable, healthier and rewarding working environment. Jennie is faculty on the Tavistock and Portman’s Masters in Consulting and Leading in Organisations and is the Director of the Tavistock's Executive Coaching Programme 2021.

ELISA REYES-SIMPSON is Deputy Director of Education and Training, and Associate Dean of Academic Governance and Quality Assurance at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She has also worked closely with the National Workforce Skills Development Unit in the creation and development of the Stress and Resilience Framework in her capacity as Project Advisor.

Elisa joined the Trust in 1998 as a Social Worker and Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. She worked until 2015 as a Consultant Social Worker in the Learning and Complex Disabilities Team, specialising in psychotherapy with adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism. Alongside her clinical role, she worked as a clinician trainer and was involved in the delivery and development of courses in adult mental health.

Elisa is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council, and has served on their Board as Chair of Professional Standards. 

For 100 years, the Tavistock and Portman has proudly been at the forefront of exploring mental health and wellbeing. From attachment theory and infant observation, to applying psychoanalytic and systemic approaches in varied settings, our ideas have led to changes in care, education, how organisations work and beyond.

Our Centenary Festival is celebrating our history and exploring contemporary issues in relation to identity, relationships and society. It is considering how we continue to draw on our heritage to provide valuable responses to contemporary and future problems from the perspective of equality and inclusion.

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8 March 2021 18:00 to 20:00