Fire and health: Working together and leading the way at this year’s Summer Conference

Health will be leading the way at this year’s CFOA Summer Conference, with a major focus over the two-day event on how fire and health are working together to help improve the nation’s well-being.

In recent months, CFOA has been working closely with national health professionals to see how we can work more closely together to have a positive impact on prevention, use data more effectively and introduce new ways of working.

This has also included meetings with the Chief Executive of NHS England Simon Stevens, who is very positive about this work and taking it forward.

This year’s CFOA Summer conference takes place on June 24th and 25th at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel. The event starts at lunchtime and will finish at lunchtime the following day. Please visit our events website for more details and to book. Please note, this year’s event is open to all members.

A number of issues will be discussed and debated including: Partnerships for prevention, fire as a health asset, person centred care for long-term conditions and ‘Devo Manc’, which looks at the recent devolution deal in the North West. This will be of particular interest if this is introduced elsewhere and discussion will take place on how this could impact on other fire and rescue services.

Those attending will be able to explore in more detail the potential FRSs have to improve health and well-being, while gaining a unique insight about work already taking place across parts of the UK.

As well as health, CFOA will also be launching its new strategy, which will set out CFOA’s future direction and what this will mean for its members and also the wider fire and rescue service. This will include setting out the new political roadmap and a look forward to what impact this could have on the sector.

Delegates will hear a fascinating update about the recent UKISAR deployment in Nepal and our involvement in the search and rescue efforts which devastated communities in Nepal.

Those attending will hear from a wide-range of highly skilled speakers, offering a unique insight into their work and how it could fit in with work across FRSs. Speakers include: Jackie White from NHS England; Michael Brodie from Public Health England, Donna Hall from Wigan Council, Warren Heppolette, Health and Social Care Reform, Grater Manchester.

In addition, there will be a number of speakers from CFOA, including Pete O’Reilly, Paul Hancock, Dave Etheridge and Dave Ramscar. It is also a great opportunity to meet with other CFOA members to share ideas and ways of working.

To book yourself onto this year’s event, please visit our Events website. You don’t need to be a CFOA individual member to attend this year’s event.



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