Mental health and wellbeing to be discussed at CIEH’s Annual Meeting

8 June 2015 

Annual Meeting

Members of The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) attending the upcoming Annual Meeting will hear about the emerging issue of mental health and wellbeing in our communities.

The Annual Meeting is taking place on Thursday 11 June at the CIEH’s London headquarters , where members will have the opportunity to find out what the CIEH is doing to advance the profession and how it supports the front-line work of Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs).

Formal proceedings will be opened by Tim Everett, President of the CIEH, and this year’s key note speaker will be Gavin Atkins, Head of Community Programmes and Grants from MIND, a leading charity that provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

The second key note speech will be delivered by the CIEH’s Chief Executive, Graham Jukes OBE, who will be talking about ‘EH Futures’, a special project called which is looking at how the CIEH and the profession will meet future challenges.

On the day there will be a series of workshops for members to attend, including: CIEH’s student support package; The Institute of Food Safety Integrity & Protection and their approach to food sector interest; and demonstrating the value of environmental health services in our community.

Members will also have the opportunity to vote on the proposed changes to the CIEH’s charter and byelaws. The most significant change being presented to members is the addition of a new power to create registers of chartered and unchartered EHPs, as well as some general tidying of the wording to the charter and byelaws.

Creating registered registers of chartered and unchartered EHPs will help enhance the status and recognition of the environmental health workforce and if the motion is passed, there will be a small change to the designatory letters of chartered EHPs.

Those who attend will then have a chance to network with key CIEH staff and EHP colleagues working in different regions and employment sectors across the country.

Graham Jukes said: “The Annual Meeting is an extremely important date in our calendar as it gives our members the opportunity to ask questions of what the CIEH is doing to support them and their profession.

“There’s lots on the agenda this year with talks on mental health, as well as several interesting workshops, and there will be an important motion to discuss around changes to our charter and byelaws. We look forward to bringing our members together and we will of course update those that cannot attend through the usual channels.”

For further information, visit the Annual Meeting section on the CIEH website.

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