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25 August 2022

Health and wellbeing experts assemble for first industry wellbeing conference

Next month Racing Welfare, the horseracing industry’s human welfare charity, will partner with EventsAir to host the inaugural Health & Wellbeing across the Horseracing Industry conference. The online conference entitled ‘Healthy People and Healthy Organisations’ offers professionals and employers both within and outside of the horseracing industry an opportunity to discuss topics relating to the overall health and wellbeing of their people.

A multitude of subject experts are lined up to speak at the conference on Monday 19th September, chaired by Helen Brewis, Lead Psychologist at Robertson Cooper. Speakers include sports psychologist and lecturer, Dr Will McConn-Palfreyman, and Simon Blake OBE, chief executive of Mental Health First Aid England.

Opening up proceedings as the conference’s first Keynote speaker will be renowned sports psychologist Michael Caulfield MSc who said: “Horseracing’s not easy, life’s not easy – it’s really hard at times – and the more we understand each other and talk about it the more we can help each other. As the world gets faster, busier, and brighter, I feel that this is probably the most important topic we face, so I am very much looking forward to being a part of Racing Welfare’s conference in September.”

We are really excited to be launching the Health & Wellbeing across the Horseracing Industry conference, the first of its kind for the horseracing industry. The speakers are outstanding and offer such a breadth of knowledge and expertise. I really hope to see attendance from a wide cross-section of participants from our sport, to learn more about what is one of the most important topics affecting us all, as employers, as staff, as stakeholders in the industry.

Racing Welfare’s Director of Welfare, Simone Sear

Tickets for the conference are priced at £45 per person and can be booked online here.

Full agenda for the Health and Wellbeing across the Horseracing Industry Conference:

09.30 – 10.00: Welcome & registration – Helen Brewis (Chair), Senior Business Psychologist at Robertson Cooper
10.00 – 10.30: Keynote speech – Michael Caulfield MSc, Sports Psychologist
10.30 – 11.15: The relationship between mental health and working conditions in horseracing (live Q&A) – Dr Will McConn-Palfreyman, Sports Psychologist and Deputy Academic Director at the University of Strathclyde Business School
11.30 – 12.15: Why is it important we think about mental health? (Live Q&A) – Simon Blake, CEO of Mental Health First Aid England
12.15 – 13.00: The psychological impact of occupational injury in horseracing (live Q&A) – Emma Davies, Senior Lecturer at Hartpury University
14.00 – 14.45: Occupational health: what is it and how can it help horseracing? (Live Q&A) – James Quigley, Medical Director at Healthworks; Mel Bradford, Head Clinical Nurse at Healthworks
14.45 – 15.30: Health and wellbeing in small businesses: the challenges and solutions – Dr Bob Townley, University of York
16.00 – 16.30: Health & wellbeing in the construction industry (case study) – Bill Hill, Lighthouse Club – The Construction Industry Charity
16.30: CLOSE


Biographies for each of the speakers can be viewed here.