Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for mental health services in England - funding, care quality and efficiencies

Morning, Tuesday, 20th November 2018

Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR


This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss the next steps for mental health services in England, including allocating funding, improving quality of care and reducing inefficiencies.

Delegates will assess priorities for utilising the £2bn funding boost announced for mental health services in the 2018 Budget, which includes allocations to allow mental health support to be available in every large A&E department and allocations for more mental health ambulances.

Sessions will consider latest thinking on how the Government’s goal of achieving parity of esteem between mental and physical health can be achieved through the wider 10-year plan being developed for the NHS, which is expected to also include a new mental health crisis service.

We expect discussion to reflect the announcement from the Prime Minister on World Mental Health Day of up to £1.8m in Government funding to the Samaritans’ helpline and the appointment of the UK’s first Minister for Suicide Prevention - as well as the launch by UK Research and Innovation of eight new Mental Health Networks, which will look into health inequalities, social isolation, youth and student mental health and domestic and sexual violence. 

Attendees will also discuss the steps that need to be taken to improve the quality of care and deliver on the nearly £1bn of potential efficiency savings that could be made by 2020/21 across four main areas - including staff, technology, contract specification and delivery - identified in Lord Carter’s review into unwarranted variations in mental health and community health services.

Following the Government’s response to the Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper consultation, which set out steps to implement Designated Senior Leads for mental health in schools and colleges, Mental Health Support Teams and a four week waiting time standard to be piloted in areas across England - as well as the recent National Audit Office report, which has found that the Government has a significant way to go in achieving its ambitions for children and young people’s mental health services, due to a lack of data and slow progress on workforce expansion - delegates will discuss how the Government’s ambitions to transform children and young people’s mental health provision can be achieved.

Further sessions will assess the priorities for the mental health workforce and progress on the implementation of the mental health workforce plan for England.

Guest of Honour

Claire Murdoch

National Mental Health Director, NHS England and Chief Executive, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Guest of Honour

Claire Murdoch

National Mental Health Director, NHS England and Chief Executive, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Keynote Speaker

Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan

Associate National Clinical Director for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and CAMHS Clinical Director, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust


Rehman Chishti MP

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health


Dr Adrian James

Registrar, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr Emma Tiffin

GP and Clinical Mental Health Lead, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP and National Adviser, Community Mental Health Pathway, NICE

Dr Geraldine Strathdee

former National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England; National Professional Adviser, Population Information & Intelligence, CQC and Non-Executive Director, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Sridevi Kalidindi

Clinical Lead for Rehabilitation, Getting It Right First Time and Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Senior speaker confirmed from Healthwatch England

Mark Trewin

Social Care and Social Work Expert Advisor, NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care (seconded from Bradford Metropolitan District Council)

Andy Bell

Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health

Dr Nick Venters

Chief Clinical Information Officer and Consultant Psychiatrist, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

Chief Nurse, Health Education England and Interim Regional Director, London and South East, Health Education England

Vicki Nash

Head of Policy and Campaigns, Mind