4 February 2016
To mark Time to Talk Day (4 February),
London Ambulance Service has signed the Blue Light Time to Change
pledge, offering dedicated wellbeing support to its staff as they
work round the clock to keep Londoners’ safe.
The initiative marks the latest in a number of
steps taken by the UK’s busiest ambulance service to shine a light
on the support on offer for people with mental health concerns in
Jules Lockett, Practice Learning Manager at
the Service said “We are committed to supporting not only the
people of London in their time of need, but also our own employees
by providing a dedicated resource to help our teams stay mentally
“We are leading the way in providing mental
health support for our patients; now it’s time to look at how we
can make a positive change for our own staff.”
The Service has already taken key steps to
improve the specialist response available for patients who call 999
with mental health concerns and is the first in the country to have
mental health nurses working directly from the control room
alongside call handlers.
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “Not only are many
of our blue light personnel struggling with their mental health,
but they’re less likely to seek support or have time off sick than
the general workforce.
“Good mental health should be a priority in any workplace but it
is especially important that people exposed to traumatic or
life-threatening situations - such as those working within the
police, ambulance, fire and search and rescue services – receive
“By signing the Blue Light Time to Change pledge, London
Ambulance Service is helping to fight stigma and promote positive
mental health in emergency services.”
Mind’s Blue Light Programme is dedicated to
supporting police, search and rescue, fire and ambulance workforces
in England by offering practical ways to stay mentally well.
Notes to Editors
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the
busiest emergency ambulance service in the UK that provides
healthcare that is free to patients at the time they receive
We have over 4,500 staff, who work
across a wide range of roles based in 70 ambulance stations.
We serve more than seven million people who live and work in
the London area.
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London Ambulance Service already offer
a number of services to support staff to improve and maintain their
wellbeing both at work and at home, including:
- A LINC (Listening, Informal,
Non-judgemental, Confidential) peer support network, available to
all, which provides trained members of staff who listen to and
- A staff counselling
- Wellbeing and stress
- Occupational health