Changing Identities of Emergency Services Workers: The Need for a New Thinking

19th Jun 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

St James', Manchester

Changing Identities of Emergency Services Workers: The Need for a New Thinking – Professor Paresh Wankhade Collaboration between emergency services is not new, many emergency services are already working with each other and with other public bodies to provide better, more efficient services. However, some argue that the current levels of coordination and collaboration are uneven, localised and do not always offer the best value for money. As the Government moves to integrate the blue light services – a landscape shift that has been accelerated by the Policing and Crime Bill – a new perspective on the current working model is necessary. The issues around staff working in separate services brings into question the need for finding the new identity of an emergency services worker. It raises fundamental questions about individual and organisational identities when future work is likely to be more collaborative in new models of integrated service delivery. At this roundtable, the interactions between the speakers and the audience will generate meaningful discussions around staff and organisational identities. The discussion panel will be chaired by Paresh Wankhade, Professor of Leadership and Management at Edge Hill University, alongside experts and key individuals in the emergency services. Speakers include:

  • Dave Keelan, Director of Emergency Response, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service
  • Chris Sykes, Chief Superintendent, Greater Manchester Police
  • Steve Hynes, Deputy Director of Operations, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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