Top emergency service officials are converging on Edge Hill University’s Manchester facility to discuss the changing identity of ‘blue light’ workers.

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s Deputy Director of Operations, Greater Manchester Police Chief Superintendent and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services’ Director of Emergency Response are among the key speakers at a round table event looking at the identity of emergency service workers.

They will join experts, members of the public and people working in the police, fire and ambulance services at St James, which houses a simulated ambulance bay and mock operating theatre, as part of the University’s Festival of Ideas programme.

Chaired by Paresh Wankhade, Professor of Leadership and Management with expertise in emergency management at Edge Hill University, the free public event will look at how collaboration between the emergency services has changed individual and organisational identities.

Paresh said: “Collaboration between emergency services is not new but has been accelerated thanks to the introduction of the Policing and Crime Bill earlier this year.

“There are issues around staff working in separate services coming together and how different organisational cultures can work together in a model of integrated service delivery.

“I’m delighted that senior colleagues from the Police, Fire & Rescue and the Ambulance Service in the North West of England are joining us to generate meaningful discussions around staff and organisational identities.”

To book a free place at the Roundtable at St James, Oxford Street, Manchester, on Monday 19th June at 2pm-4pm visit or see the full programme of events at


Edge Hill University’s second Festival of Ideas explores themes of Identity and Belonging in a stimulating programme of debates, talks, films, exhibitions, roundtables and performances throughout the month of June 2017. The Festival is a response to public discussions about, and intellectual speculation on, what makes us who we are.

St James is Edge Hill University’s base serving Greater Manchester. Situated in the centre of the student district, close to Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations it houses an extensive clinical simulation suite, including a mock operating theatre, simulated ambulance bay and clinical skills stations. The site also has an open plan library and IT facility ensuring that students have access to all the University’s learning facilities. The site is used for pre-registration and post-registration programmes such as Operating Department Practice and Paramedic Practice.