Westminster Higher Education Forum

Next steps for improving mental health provision at university

Morning, Thursday, 7th December 2017

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar examines key trends and challenges in mental health treatment at universities and priorities for improving support for students.


It takes place with mental health set to be a major focus in the new Parliament, and as Universities UK rolls out its whole-university approach to mental health support, which seeks to ensure that HEIs treat mental health as a strategic priority across their activities and develop a robust evidence base.


Sessions will focus on the details of the Universities UK framework, the challenges of implementation associated with a diverse market of providers, and its compatibility with institutions already possessing established mental health strategies.


Further discussion will look at addressing stigma and increasing sensitivity in reporting of mental health issues, as well as strategies to establish a clear duty of care for students - and how HEIs can address the rise in demand for mental health services on campus.


Delegates will also consider how best to utilise data and evidence in mental health treatment, approaches to information-sharing in spreading best practice, embedding wellbeing in curricula and priorities for clearly delineating stress-based and clinical conditions in order to provide effective treatment. 


We expect attendees to include Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with university health and wellbeing centres, counsellors, local authority public health advisors, student union welfare officers and mental health charities.



Guests of Honour

Professor Steve West

Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of the West of England and Chair, Universities UK Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group

Gregor Henderson

National Lead for Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England

Guests of Honour

Professor Steve West

Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of the West of England and Chair, Universities UK Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group

Gregor Henderson

National Lead for Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England

Keynote Speaker

Anne Lee

Adjudication Manager, Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education

Chair

Kevan Jones MP

Speakers

Kathleen Heycock

Partner, Farrer & Co

Professor Jo Smith

Professor of Clinical Psychology and Suicide Safer Project Lead, University of Worcester

Dr Pauline Hanesworth

Academic Lead (Equality and Diversity/TEF), Higher Education Academy

Alan Percy

Head of Counselling, University of Oxford and Chair, Heads of University Counselling Services (HUCS)

GĂ©raldine Dufour

Head of Counselling, University of Cambridge and Chair, BACP Universities and Colleges

Rachel Piper

Policy Manager, Student Minds

Izzy Lenga

Vice President (Welfare), NUS

Daphne Metland

Director, UniHealth

Rachel King

8S Programme Lead, Lothian Mental Health and Well-Being Team, NHS Lothian