Creating Positive Workplace Cultures for Those Who Care for Others

13:30 - 14:45

Come along to this session to hear how the Scottish Government is committed to driving a supportive and enabling culture for people working in health via their Improving Wellbeing and Working Culture Strategy for Health, Social Care and Social Work.

The session will be chaired by Fiona Hogg, Chief People Officer, Scottish Government.

Delegates will hear from Scottish Government colleagues Kirsty Merriman, Programme Development Lead for Leadership and Talent Management and Alison Carmichael, Head of Workforce Experience who will talk about the three pillars of the new Strategy:

  • Why Leadership Matters?
  • Why Equalities Matter?
  • Why Wellbeing Matters

The session will also explore the aims and outcomes of NHS Forth Valley’s Workforce Wellbeing Plan and about the four-pillar approach they have adopted to support the financial, physical, mental and social wellbeing of their workforce. 

Dr Susan Ramsay, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, will also discuss the Occupational Health Service’s Mental Health Pilot Project - an innovative Occupational Health clinical service development aimed at increasing the offer of support available to staff by providing psychologically safe spaces to reflect upon the difficulties of recent years and acknowledge the impact on staff’s health and wellbeing. 


Fiona Hogg

Chief People Officer, Scottish Government

Fiona is Chief People Officer within the Health Workforce Directorate, ensuring people priorities are aligned and resources across NHS Scotland are used to best effect.

Rachel Tardito

HR Project Manager, NHS Forth Valley

Rachel Tardito is an HR Project Manager within NHS Forth Valley and has an MSc in Leading People-Centred Integrated Care

Dr Susan Ramsay

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Forth Valley

Dr Susan Ramsay is Consultant Clinical Psychologist and lead for the Counselling and Psychological Therapies Team within Occupational Health Service in NHS Forth Valley.

Aimee Kidd

Nurse Psychotherapist, NHS Forth Valley

Aimee works in Adult Psychological Therapies Service within NHS Forth Valley.  She works with complex trauma and PTSD, although also works with other mental health conditions, for example depression, OCD and phobias.

Alison Carmichael

Head of Wellbeing and Workplace Experience, Scottish Government

Alison is Head of Wellbeing and Workplace Experience in the Leadership Cultures and Wellbeing Division in Scottish Government.