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Conference 2024


Dearest colleagues,  

Welcome to our fourth conference. Following two cancellations in 2022 and 2023 due to train strikes, I am pleased to share the details of this year’s conference. We have fingers crossed that there is no train strikes, and third time lucky!

We look forward to challenging thoughts and sharing experiences and solutions with our colleagues. The theme is Surviving Racism - Do we constantly build resilience or should there be systemic change?

We will be exploring these concepts in more detail and have a wonderful set of speakers and facilitatos to help us do this.

So come prepared, we look forward to seeing colleagues again after a long break. Thank you to AACE and London Ambulance for supporting us. 


Date: Thursday 20th June 2024

Time: 9.30-4pm

Venue: Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0DG

Booking link: Book Here


Tasnim Ali





09:00 - Registration and refreshments

09.30 - Welcome to the conference - Tasnim Ali, Chair, National Ambulance BME

09.40 - Welcome from AACE Daren Mochrie, Chief Executive, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Chair of Association of the Ambulance Chief Executives.

09.45 - Welcome to London

Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Chair of the National Ambulance Diversity & Inclusion Forum

Kulvinder Hira - Head of Equality Diversity and Inclusion (London Ambulance)

10.00 - Health Inequalities and their impact on us - Professor Habib Naqvi - Chief Executive of the NHS Race and Health Observatory

10.30 - How to Survive Racism - Felicia Kwaku - Associate Director of Nursing, Kings College Hospital, London

11:00- 11.20 - Refreshment break

11:20 - Morning Workshops

Group 1: International Recruitment- creating personal safety (Panel Session)
Tasnim Ali - Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Group 2: Cultivating your empowering state when facing racism
Farah Hussain - Inclusion Empowerment Coach

Group 3: Beyond Barriers: Race, Disability and the path to support
Loveness Scott - Positive Action Officer (North East Ambulance Service)
Dawn Whelan - Business and Partnerships Lead (East of England Ambulance Service) and Chair of National Ambulance Disability Network
Sarah Marshall - (Disability Services Advocacy Manager, Department for Work and Pensions)

12:20 - Lunch, Networking & Photos

13.40 - Live Entertainment

14.00 - Afternoon Workshops

Group 1: Mindfulness: Can it help with Racism Related Stress?
Dr Catherine Goodwin - Assistant Director Inclusion, Culture and Wellbeing, Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust.

Group 2: Emotions – Approach and Avoid. How to approach and talk to people with Emotional dysregulation and why people avoid taking action or talking about emotional states of mind.
David Snelders, Lead Counsellor and clinical lead for the crisis line, The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC).

Group 3: ‘Beat the burnout’ - Impact of nutrition on managing burnout, fighting exhaustion and increasing resilience.
Wasim Mir - Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) Advisor, North West Ambulance Service
Jeanette Jackson - Director, Manchester Stress Programme.

15:10 - System change - the art of the possible? - Jagtar Singh, OBE - Chair of Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust and Co-Chair of the APNA (Asian Professionals’ National Alliance) NHS network.

15:50 - Closing remarks - Tasnim Ali - Chair, National Ambulance BME Forum

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