Creating Positive Workplace Cultures for Those Who Care for Others

13:30 - 14:45

In this session, Alex McMahon, Chief Nursing Officer will be discussing the work of the Ministerial Nursing and Midwifery Taskforce that will build on efforts to make Scotland the best place for nurses and midwives to come and work by developing plans for the retention of the existing workforce, as well as looking at recruitment.  

To build a sustainable, attractive, fair, flexible, respected and empowered workforce for the future, by addressing operational barriers, improving workforce conditions, facilities and learning opportunities and exemplary workforce cultures – all to aid the implementation of the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019.  

Delegates attending the session will hear how the Scottish Government and NHS Forth Valley are driving a supportive and enabling culture for the workforce. 

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.

Kirsty Merriman

Programme Development Lead and Head of Operational Delivery, Scottish Government

Kirsty Merriman is currently Programme Development Lead and Head of Operational Delivery for the Leadership and Talent Management (LTM) Team in Health Workforce, Scottish Government.

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.

Alex McMahon

Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government

Alex McMahon is Chief Nursing Officer for the Scottish Government. In this role he oversees the Chief Nursing Directorate in achieving the best health and care outcomes for people.