Upbeat! 2019

Building on the success of the UpBeat! London conference in March 2018, the Police Dependants Trust and the National Chiefs Police Council are again collaborating to produce UpBeat! Leeds in March 2019.

The conference will bring together subject matter experts in occupational health, trauma resilience, and welfare provision, and practitioners to share learning, thinking and experience on improving police wellbeing.

The agenda will also include presentations on the challenges of supporting well being in major incidents such as Salisbury and thought-provoking initiatives happening at a local level.  We will provide an update on the National police wellbeing programme where delegates will be involved in shaping this ongoing and vitally important work.

We look forward to exchanging ideas, learning about what’s happening in forces, and helping each other find solutions to the complex challenges in police wellbeing.

Based on feedback from 2018, Upbeat! Leeds will be a 24-hour lunchtime to lunchtime conference to allow all those attending more time to learn, network and share ideas.

We are acutely aware of the pressures on police budgets and as a result, places at the conference are heavily subsidised with an early booking rate (before 15/10/18) of £190 towards the costs of the conference networking dinner, bed & breakfast, lunch on both days and refreshments.

We look forward to welcoming you to Upbeat! Leeds 2019,

Gill Scott-Moore
Chief Executive
Police Dependants’ Trust

Andy Rhodes QPM
Chief Constable
NPCCC lead for wellbeing

Conference Agenda

1200 – 1300

Registration, lunch, and networking

This is the start of the 2019 conference on wellbeing, and is designed to give people time to travel, settle, and network with colleagues before a busy afternoon commences.

1300 – 1330

Welcome and opening address

Back for this third conference, broadcaster and journalist Alastiar Stewart will welcome delegates to Upbeat! 2019 Leeds and outline the content ahead, before handing over to Conference Chairs Mr Andy Rhodes QPM (Chief Constable for Lancashire Constabulary and NPCC lead for organisational development and wellbeing) and Gill Scott-Moore (Chief Executive for Police Care UK).

1330 – 1430

Keynote: Wellbeing and welfare needs during a major incident

Synopsis due.

Mr Kier Pritchard, Chief Constable, Wiltshire Police
Mrs Penny Fuller, Head of Occupational Health, Wiltshire Police

Comfort break

1445 – 1530

Breakout session #1

3 different sessions to choose from.

Trauma processing techniques for a new era

Jess shares exciting results of a Randomised Controlled Trial training new recruits to process difficult incidents as they adapt to their first year on the job. With surprising findings regarding age, previous trauma and recall, Jess demonstrates the neuropsychology of resilience in action with the help of an experienced police trainer who translates science into everyday skill.

Dr. Jess Miller, Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
Insp. Kevin Maddick, Incident Response, Durham Constabulary

Global initiatives and Approaches to Officer Welfare

This session will discuss the advances in officer welfare around the world, and the lessons (and pitfalls) that the United States, Canada, and Australia can offer around peer support and wellbeing management. It includes insight into the systems, teams, processes and support networks that work globally, and could be implemented within UK policing.

The findings are being delivered as part of a Winston Churchill memorial trust fellowship awarded in 2018.

Sgt Belinda Mason, Evidence based policing team, Police Service of Northern Ireland

The role that mindfulness has to play

Exposure to direct or vicarious trauma has any number of effects on police officers and staff, including intrusive thoughts, poor sleep, burnout, depression and anxiety, and other co-morbid conditions. This session explores the use of mindfulness techniques within operational settings within Lancashire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Police, and the impact it has had on anxiety and stress.

PC Ewen Sim, Lancashire Constabulary

1545 – 1630

Breakout session #2

3 different sessions to choose from.

All change at the Met

The largest force in UK policing embarked on a new occupational health strategy, with the new head of occupational health just seven days in before the Westminster attack. This session explores the impact of operational needs on the occupational health unit and its people, resourcing for major incidents whilst maintaining the ‘day-to-day’ needs, and the improvements being made to health and well-being at the Met.

Mr Eleck Dodson, Head of Occupational Health, Metropolitan Police

Working in Child Sexual Exploitation

With the unique insight of a Paedophile Investigation Unit, Jess unveils the unpalatable realities of what happens in the brain when dealing with one of the most challenging areas of frontline policing, addressing issues of the human body, of safeguarding, of digital exposure and the coping mechanisms and tactics officers and staff develop for resilience.

Dr Jess Miller, Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
Mrs Angela Thomas, Devon and Cornwall Police 

The role Police Dependants Trust has to play

This session outlines the work of the PDT and it’s mission to reduce the impact of harm on police and families. It will explore its three core aims, and what that means for the police officers and staff, volunteers, and cadets in UK policing today:

  • Raising awareness of the harm experience
  • Enable people to recover and rebuild their lives
  • Support police forces and agencies to reduce the risk of harm

PC Lee Taylor, Lancashire Constabulary & PDT Ambassador
DC Kevin Edwards (Retd.), West Yorkshire Police & PDT Ambassador

1630 – 1700

Feedback and closing session


Time to relax, and change

1830 – 1900

Police Mutual Drinks Reception


0900 – 1000

The role of the Force Medical Examiner

Details to be confirmed.

1000 – 1045

Beyond the service: wellbeing following retirement

How officers fare following their retirement is a matter that has received little attention. In this session we introduce research which draws attention to the problems that officers may face in retirement and issues that impact on their wellbeing. Focusing on those officers who have to retire due to an injury on duty, we reflect upon how officers might be best supported in the transition to retirement and beyond.

Prof. Karen Bullock, Lecturer, University of Surrey Department of Sociology
Sir Peter Fahy QPM, Chief Constable (Retd.), Greater Manchester Police

1045 – 1100

Police Care UK: a framework for success

This session introduces the new approach to reducing the impact of harm on police and families at the new charity formed from the merging of the Police Dependants’ Trust and the National Police Fund.

Mrs Gill Scott-Moore, Chief Executive, Police Care UK

Comfort break

1115 – 1230

Soft-launch of National Wellbeing Service

This session will introduce the evidence base, including data analysis of the Bluelight wellbeing framework submissions, used to feed into the landscape review used to begin implementing the new National Wellbeing Service.

Session includes Q&A with the National Wellbeing Team.

Mr Andy Rhodes QPM, Chief Constable, Lancashire Constabulary

1230 – 1300

Wrap-up and closing session




Conference Dates

Upbeat will take place over the course of two days from the 19th to the 20th of March

Conference starts 12pm on the 19th March
Conference finishes 1pm on the 20th March

Conference Venue

Queens’ Hotel, Leeds
City Square
0113 243 1323


The conference is now fully booked, and the waiting list is full.

Upbeat! 2018 London

March 2018 saw the Police Dependants’ Trust host Upbeat! London,  the 2nd annual conference on police wellbeing in partnership with the National Police Chiefs Council and Oscar Kilo.

Following on from the successful 2017 conference on post-traumatic stress in frontline policing, this year was all about raising the game in police wellbeing. As well as hearing first-hand accounts of the impact of modern policing on its people, delegates heard about work being done Nationally to develop a trauma resilience programme by the Trust, approaches to trauma risk management from the College of Policing, and the new National wellbeing strategy from the National Police Chief’s Council.

As part of the output for the conference, the 200+ delegates attending the conference put forward the issues they would like to see prioritised by the service going forward, and Mr. Rhodes QPM, wellbeing lead for the NPCC will be responding to them in due course.