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Hieda & BSA Health and Wellbeing conference

10th July 2023 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Date: 10 July 2023 
  • Time: 09:00 – 17:00 
  • Venue: Zoom (online) 


Independent and boarding school nurses, matrons, health and wellbeing leads, pastoral staff


A focus on Anxiety and Inclusivity – prevention, symptoms, support and how to ensure that sufferers are able to fulfil their potential through an inclusive approach.

Learning outcomes:

Young people and adults are finding the world a more difficult place to navigate. Anxieties around body image, social standing, expectations around achievement and the constant bombardment of negative news across social media. This year’s conference explores how anxiety is caused, the problems it creates and some practical solutions.

Topics will include:

  • Strategies for supporting Inclusivity in Education
  • Seconds to Snap – Years to Recovery
  • Sudden death in Healthy Young People
  • Innovative solutions for enabling young people to access support in managing their mental health
  • Living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Lifestyle and medicines to improve mental and physical health
  • Creating a mentally and physically healthier workplace




Strategies for supporting Inclusivity in Education

Finn will explore strategies to support those who needs adaptations in education to enable development both physically and mentally.


  • Fintan O’Regan, Behaviour and Learning specialist

Seconds to Snap – Years to Recovery

Tina wrote the critically acclaimed author of “Seconds to Snap”. Tina will talk about her journey through anorexia, complex mental health illness to a full recovery and very happy, healthy life. She will bring insight and practical information on how to support young people and their families.


  • Tina McGuff, Eating Disorder & Mental Health Awareness workshop facilitator, author, Mental Health First Aid trainer

Sudden death in Healthy Young People

Steve will talk about the incidences, statistics and risks of unidentified cardiac issues in the 15-35 age group particularly where elite sport involved. He will look at the physical clues and signs and symptoms that staff should out for hat may indicate that a young person potentially is of concern.


  • Dr Steven Cox, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Screening, Cardiac Risk in the Young

Innovative solutions for enabling young people to access support in managing their mental health

Thomas will discuss the role of “Tellmi” in supporting young people and specifically those that other services have been unable to support. Tellmi is an innovative solution and fits into existing care pathways acting as a junction box for young people seeking support.


  • Thomas Freeney, Partnership Development, Tellmi

Living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Jamie will talk about his journey and how he adapted his way of living to cope with the life changing situation he found himself in.


  • Jamie McAnsh

A discussion group on when it is safe for a young person to remain at, or return to, school.

The group, consisting of Lee Glaser, Dale Wilkins, and Rosie Macmanus (Hieda Advisor) will discuss the areas to consider when risk assessing a young person’s place in boarding or at school.


  • Lee Glaser, Director of Health and Wellbeing and Director, Hieda
  • Dale Wilkins, Senior Director, BSA and BSA Group
  • Rosie McManus RSCN, Dip HR (Child), BSc (Hons), MSc (Law), Head of Boarding, St John’s College School

Lifestyle medicine to improve mental and physical health.

Dimple will explore how lifestyle management strategies can improve health and wellbeing and reduce the need for additional support. Simple strategies to support existing ill health and prevent onset of other medical conditions will be shared.


  • Dr Dimple Devadas MBBS, BSc (Hons), MRCPCH (2007), MPNLP, D. Hyp, MRCGP, MA (Psychological Coaching), Dip.Meditation, Dip BSLM/ IBLM, GMBPsS

Creating a mentally and physically healthier workplace

Lee will summarise the day and discuss ideas which will support a healthier working culture and environment.


  • Lee Glaser, Director of Health and Wellbeing and Director, Hieda



Fintan O Regan – Strategies for supporting Inclusivity in Education

Fintan is one of the leading Behaviour and Learning specialists in the UK. He is currently an ADHD, Neurodiversity and Behaviour Consultant for number of schools and organisations and an associate lecturer for Leicester University, the National Association of Special Needs, The Helen Arkell Charity and the Institute of Education.

He is the former Vice Chairman of UKAP and the European ADHD Alliance. He has been the chairperson of the European ADHD Taskforce and is a current member of the Special Education Consortium, the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee, a full council member of the Council of Registered Schools for the Teaching of Dyslexia (CReSTeD) and the London Child and Development Centre.

Tina McGuff, Eating Disorder & Mental Health Awareness workshop facilitator, author, Mental Health First Aid trainer

Having charted her struggles in her critically acclaimed memoir, Seconds to Snap, Tina has established herself as a leading authority on eating disorders and mental health wellness and is a regular contributor across national media. Appearing on Lorraine, Channel 5, ITV, STV, BBC as well as Jeremy Vine, Radio 1 and other national and international media outlets.

Working to raise awareness and education through workshops, talks and training across the world as far as Dubai and Abu Dhabi Invited by the Prime Minister’s Office and a school in the USA.

Seconds to Snap is being used in schools, universities and eating disorder charities up and down the country to show everyone that we are not immune from difficulties with our mental health, however if left unchecked can lead to mental illness. So, the importance of maintaining good mental health is Tina’s life passion. The book is also on the script writing roster of ‘Twas Entertainment owned by filmmakers Kevin Lima and Brenda Chapman.

Steve Cox – Sudden death in Healthy Young People

Steve is the Chief Executive of the national charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). As an elite athlete on a university tennis scholarship in the US (1992) Steve was diagnosed with a rare, potentially life threatening, cardiac condition during routine cardiac screening, giving him a unique personal insight into the impact of such a diagnosis.  Unable to continue his sporting career following the diagnosis, he returned to the UK where he completed a degree in Applied Psychology and Sociology (Surrey University), He went on to work with the world’s leading expert in inherited cardiac conditions and publish the first research into quality of life of patients living with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (1997). Steve joined CRY in 2000, at which time the charity was raising just under £300,000 and testing the hearts of approximately 1,000 people each year. In 2007 he was awarded a PhD at University College London (UCL) in the 5* department of Epidemiology and Public Health evaluating illness cognitions of rare cardiac conditions and the psychological impact of cardiac screening. In 2016 he was appointed to his current role as CRY’s Chief Executive.

CRY has now raised more than 50 million pounds (half of which has been raised in the last 7 years). Steve oversaw a rapid expansion of the CRY cardiac screening programme: in 2019 alone (pre covid) CRY tested more than 32,000 young people and to date over 250,000 young people have had their heart tested by CRY. Steve’s particular focus is on facilitating world-leading science through the work of Professor Sanjay Sharma, Professor Michael Papadakis and their team, which is transforming our understanding of the causes and prevention of young sudden cardiac death and how best to treat those affected. He has represented CRY on a number of government advisory groups including the National Service Framework Chapter 8 (2005). He is regularly interviewed in the media about CRY and the prevention of Young Sudden Cardiac Death and has been an invited speaker at international medical conferences.

Jamie McAnsh Living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Jamie McAnsh woke up paralysed overnight in 2014. After spiralling down a slippery slope he decided that if life had dealt him these cards, he was going to play poker. He became an adventurer and found disability sport and have since climbed a mountain on his hands amongst many other challenges. He set up See No Bounds to reach out to others that had to diversify and adapt and it became a platform which he utilised for 12 challenges in 2015 where he raised a remarkable £250 000 for charity. Jamie became the countries first Charles Holland award winner in the category ‘Against All Odds’ for his achievement in 2015 and this started a career of inspirational speaking where Jamie’s message is to always ‘Get Back Up’ In 2022 a childhood dream came true when he was the first person with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome to reach Everest Base Camp on crutches. The challenge this year is to complete the Welsh Coastal Path of 870 miles and next year conquer Kilimanjaro. It has not always been a story of awards and adventure; Jamie suffered severe anxiety and depression after in his eyes becoming a burden on society and those around him. Jamie’s story is relatable and inspirational to all ages but always with the same message to always Get Back Up.

Speaker: Rosie McManus RSCN, Dip HR (Child), BSc (Hons), MSc (Law), Head of Boarding, St John’s College School

Trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children Rosie came to school nursing in the independent sector 16 years ago. With a passion for boarding pastoral and health care Rosie has developed an interest in the understanding and development of the health needs of boarding school students. Passionate about the nurse’s role in the delivery of the PSHE curriculum, Rosie is currently the Head of Boarding at St John’s College School, she has a Masters in Medical Ethics and Law, is a NUCO trainer and has a keen interest in the development of the school nurse role.

Speaker: Dale Wilkins, Senior Director, BSA and BSA Group

Dale joined the BSA during Summer 2017 with responsibility for safeguarding and standards. In July 2019 he also assumed responsibility for the BSA’s accredited training programme. Dale leads on all safeguarding and inspection matters for the BSA, including managing the Commitment to Care Charter, the Annual Safeguarding conference, and the Safeguarding Forum. He has also developed a process of BSA Accreditation for our overseas members.

For 31 years Dale was a boarding practitioner. After boarding positions at Norwich School and Tettenhall College, Dale became a Housemaster at Old Swinford Hospital in 1992, and was promoted to Deputy Head in 2007, and subsequently also DSL. He has also been a multi-agency trainer for the Dudley Safeguarding Children’s Board and has been closely involved in inspection in state and independent boarding since 2002. Dale had previously been a BSA course tutor since 1998 and developed the BSA Self-Assessment Toolkit.

Dr Dimple Devadas Lifestyle medicine to improve mental and physical health.

Dr Dimple Devadas is a GP, Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician, World Obesity Federation Scope Certified in Obesity Management, Psychological Coach (Health, Leadership & Creativity) and Educator

She is a Graduate of the Royal College of General Practitioners – Leadership in Obesity & Weight management Programme 2022 and a Graduate member of the British Psychological Society following completion of her Masters degree in Psychological Coaching.

She is an award winning experimental multi-media social impact artist, freelance health writer and serial Vol-entrepreneur.

Her work and projects are inspired by and explores Health in a broader holistic context to include the person within their family, social networks, technology and community.

She has received multiple awards for her social impact health films, projects and research.

Her most recent multimedia health art (created with community participants) has been been included at exhibitions / conferences with the World Health Organisation & partners at the global Geneva Health Forum, United Nations Geneva, British Lifestyle Medicine Conference 2022 (part of National Fitness Day 2022)

Lee Glaser, Director of Health and Wellbeing and Director, Hieda

Lee has extensive experience in pastoral care. Prior to becoming Headmaster and CEO at Taunton School in Somerset he was the School’s Deputy Head which involved leading the pastoral team and being the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Outstanding support for student and staff wellbeing has always been at the heart of his approach and the School was recently shortlisted for a TES Award for excellence in this area.

Thomas Freeney, Partnership Development, Tellmi

Thomas is a qualified teacher, school governor, and researcher who specialises in assessing and supporting wellbeing practices to better aid whole system mental health. He has worked with Tellmi since 2017 to improve people’s access to support and to boost understanding of key issues across settings. Having experienced the positive and negative impact of school systems on student and staff well being, Thomas is passionate about improving the quality of provision across education and clinical settings.


10th July 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm




Health in Education Association