First Upbeat! speakers announced

Police Dependants’ Trust has today announced the first speakers in its lineup for the 2019 National wellbeing conference, Upbeat!

Taking part in Leeds over the 19th and 20th March, and featuring a combination of keynote addresses, practitioner-led sessions, personal development activities and networking opportunities, Upbeat! is the conference for police professionals, practitioners, and leaders responsible for wellbeing, welfare, and occupational health in operational policing.


Kier Pritchard, Chief Constable, Wiltshire Police – The first day of any new job is stressful, but Mr. Pritchard certainly wasn’t expecting a major incident that saw his team exposed to life-threatening situations played out on television around the world.

This keynote session will look at how the welfare needs of frontline personnel for a complex major incident were addressed, the lessons learned, and how they were put into place again only a few months later.

Dr. Jess Miller, Neuropsychologist, University of Cambridge – Part of the trauma resilience in frontline policing funded by the Police Dependants’ Trust has seen the development of resilience skills for at-risk roles.

This session will see delegates explore the strategic and operational approach required to effectively support personnel operating in within Child Sexual Exploitation units.

Eleck Dodson, Head of Occupational Health, Metropolitan Police – With more than 43,000 personnel, the Metropolitan Police has unique health needs. Developing a strategic approach to the longer-term support needs for the future is a complex issue.

This session will take you through the process undertaken, the data behind the decision-making, and what the next steps are in effectively implementing a new health and wellbeing strategy.