Recent tragic events have highlighted the role that aircrew mental health and wellbeing can play in the safe operation of the civil aerospace sector. As civil aviation expands into the 21st century the growth in pilot numbers, increased efficiency goals and changing aircrew demographics will pose challenges in managing this aspect of operations.
Aircrew Mental Health and Wellbeing is multi-dimensional and complex and as such there are many strands that will impact on it (e.g. Aeromedical, Legal, Regulatory, Insurance, Operators and Unions).This conference will bring together the latest thinking regarding both fostering and supporting pilot mental health & wellbeing and incident risk mitigation for current and future operations. Bringing together key stakeholder groups to share views and look to the next 25 years as the sector grows and the demands for, and on, pilots’ increases will identify key issues and dependencies in managing this complex area.
The conference aims to:
- Identify key issues and current regulations and approaches to aircrew mental health.
- Outline challenges facing civil aviation over the next 25 years that could have significant effect on approaches to aircrew mental health and wellbeing.
- Consider strategic approach to aircrew mental health and wellbeing that might be appropriate and practical in meeting the need.
- Consider whether a viable proactive mental health and wellbeing structure could be created that was analogous to the UK Health and Safety Executives Stress Management model and how might this be implemented.
- Examine whether the US DCAPS (Detection and Computational Analysis of Psychological Signals Data Analytics project might provide a feasible approach to monitoring and fostering mental health and wellbeing in a globally distributed and mobile population.
- Bring together the views of the key stakeholders affected by mental health and wellbeing issue for civil aviation to frame a discussion based on the sectors current status and the projected growth over the next 25 years in terms of the number and nature of aircrew in service.
Keynote speakers include:
Marc Atherton MRAeS, Allaxa (Chair)
Capt Dave Kistruck, Chief Pilot, Virgin Atlantic Airways, representing Flight Operations Liaison Group
Capt Malcolm Sutherland FRAeS, Head of Flight Crew, Virgin Atlantic Airways, representing Flight Operations Liaison Group
Air Cdre Dai Whittingham FRAeS, Chief Executive, UK Flight Safety Committee
Forbes Craig, Manager, Therapeutic Team, Blake Emergency Services
Prof Robert Bor, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, dccClinical
Wg Cdr John Rollo, SO1 Aviation Medicine, RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine, RAF Henlow
Capt Paul Reuter, Executive Board Director for Technical Affairs, European Cockpit Association
Dr Roxane Gervais , Senior Psychologist, Health and Safety Laboratory
Capt. Stephen Houston, Occupational Health Physician, British Airways Health Services
Dave Fielding, A380 Pilot, British Airways
Allison McDonald, Senior Manager, Human Factors, Etihad Airways
Nikki Heath, Director, Symbiotics Performance Solutions
Katie Dodsworth, Senior Business Psychologist, RobertsonCooper
Skyler Place, VP & General Manager of Advanced Product Development, Cogito Corporation
I think this is going to be an incredible event. It’s obvious we can learn so much from aviation medicine (eg. see Dr Sill’s presentation from ICASM on the history of computer based Patient History Taking and it’s role in Pilot Medical Assesment) and it’s so positive to have this royal society actively seeking to take proactive approaches to mental health.
“The Current Situation : Pilot and Aircrew Perspectives” presentation by Capt Dave Kistruck, Chief Pilot and Capt Malcolm Sutherland FRAeS, Head of Flight Crew, Virgin Atlantic Airways, representing Flight Operations Liaison Group.
“Flight Safety Drivers for Change” presentation by Air Cdre Dai Whittingham FRAeS, Chief Executive, UK Flight Safety Committee.
“Plate Shifts : Enabling Acceptance of Mental Health Issues” presentation by Forbes Craig, Manager, Therapeutic Team, Blake Emergancy Services.
“Clinical View of Aircrew Mental Health” presentation by Prof Robert Bor, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, dccClinical.
“Review of Military Countermeasures in Regards to Aviators Mental Health” & “Differences Between Military and Civilian Countermeasures to Mental Health and the Military Process as They Stand” presentations by Wing Commander John Rollo, SO1 Aviation Medicine, RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine, RAF Henlow:
“Development of Peer Support Programmes, Addessing so much more than 4U 9525” presentation by Capt Paul Reuter, Executive Board Director for Technical Affairs, European Cockpit Association.
“Involvement of the Health and Safety Laboratory” presentation by Dr Roxane Gervais , Senior Psychologist, Health and Safety Laboratory.
“Development of Peer Support Programmes” presentation by Stephen Houston, Occupational Health Physician, British Airways Health Services / Capt. Dave Fielding, A380 Pilot, British Airways
“Implementing Strategy and Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace” presentation by Allison McDonald, Senior Manager, Human Factors, Etihad Airways.
“The Impact of Knowledge: Cause and Effect” presentation by Nikki Heath, Director, Symbiotics Performance Solutions.
“Mental Health and Wellbeing Solutions” presentation by Katie Dodsworth, Senior Business Psychologist, RobertsonCooper.
“Behavioral Analytics: How Technology Can Improve Our Understanding and Support of Mental Health” presentation by Skyler Place, Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Product Development, Cogito Corporation.
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