Unique Opportunity to attend a half day Covid-19 Seminar

Date of Covid-19 Seminar: November 19th 2020


  1. 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs - SOLD OUT
  2. 13:00hrs to 16:00hrs

Presenter:  Andrea Walraven-Thissen, Suicide Bereavement UK

Only 100 places available and we expect high demand.


Andrea is Critical Incident Manager, trainer and consultant for Suicide Bereavement UK, and lives in Germany. She has a wealth of experience, responding to critical incidents, in several countries.

Arguably, Germany leads the way by providing and dispatching uniformed crisis interventionists (PSNV) 24/7 to all critical incidents, including suicide. Their role is to offer psychosocial support to first responders and civilians. Andrea trains and supervises those working in the field. She also supports the bereaved during the first hours. Andrea is also an international policy advisor, keynote speaker and author.

Prior to specialising in critical incident management, Andrea worked as a registered nurse in palliative and psychiatric settings. She is also a member of the expert group, which raises awareness of the impact of an intensive care stay and PICS (Post Intensive Care Syndrome).

Andrea joined international colleagues, in advisory settings, to help prepare policy makers and health care managers for the impact of Covid-19 and to help stabilise the response. In Germany the PSNV was temporarily implemented in clinical settings to support health care staff and loved ones of patients through these difficult times. Different countries chose different approaches.

Andrea is currently working with colleagues in several countries (i.e. health care management, governments, first response and the military), to identify international best practice and lessons learned, during the Covid-19 crisis. Findings will be presented at an international three day conference in Germany. Andrea will identify key findings relevant to the UK and present them during this unique half day workshop in Manchester.

The Covid-19 seminar will focus on the impact on the following:

  • Front line staff who worked during the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • Patients who were hospitalised from Covid-19 and survived;
  • Those who lost ‘significant others’ including colleagues to Covid-19; and
  • Bereavement and rituals during a time of uncertainty and high risk.


Learning outcomes:

  • International good practice associated with covid-19 response;
  • Incident management (techniques to help stabilise the workforce, specifically management of staff and their well-being);
  • Post Intensive Care Syndrome PICS (impact on the patient and their family); and
  • Impact on staff (coping and managing risk, ethical dilemmas, and moral injury etc).


Who should attend this seminar?

  • NHS management and policy makers
  • Medical and mental health staff
  • First responders
  • Social workers
  • Those working in care homes etc.



Date of Suicide Bereavement UK's 9th International Conference:
18th November, 2020

Date of Covid seminar:
19th November, 2020

Cost per person per session:
£59.99 +VAT (for those attending the Suicide Bereavement UK (SBUK) conference); and
£79.99 +VAT for those ONLY attending the Covid-19 seminar.

Venue: Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester
Choice of Times:

  1. 09:00hrs - 12:00hrs OR
  2. 13:00hrs - 16:00hrs

n.b. Refreshments will be be provided

   Book onCovid-19 Seminar AFTERNOON Session ONLY  

   Book on SBUK Conferenec AND Covid-19 Seninar  

For more information or to register contact:

Paul Higham
Email: paul.higham@suicidebereavementuk.com
Tel: 01706 827359
Mob: 07850 710 555