Policy Forum for Wales

Next steps for mental health services in Wales - improving quality, access and delivery, and priorities for young people's care

Morning, Friday, 9th November 2018

Jurys Inn Cardiff, 1 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3DN


This seminar focuses on the future for mental health services in Wales.

It has been timed to coincide with the Welsh Government’s new ‘whole school’ approach to the mental health of children and young people and it will provide an opportunity to assess what more might be done to develop young people’s resilience and provide mental health support across school life. It will also be a chance to consider the early indications from the Welsh Government pilot initiative on specialised services in schools.

The government approach has been informed by the inquiry into the Emotional and Mental Health of Children and Young People and the seminar will provide an opportunity to discuss the key issues highlighted by the report and whether steps being taken are appropriate and sufficient.

Delegates will also consider priorities for Transition and Adult services - looking at the Welsh Government’s pilot funding scheme to promote social prescribing and community based care, and steps that might be taken to build on the findings of the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s Inquiry into Suicide Prevention.

Planned sessions will look at strategies for reducing stigma and raising awareness of mental health issues, ways to address the challenges for ensuring early intervention and delivering services closer to people’s homes, and opportunities for promoting greater collaboration between providers, as well as examining key issues around funding and access to mental health services.

Attendees will also discuss the monitoring and regulation of mental health services, in the context of the Health Inspectorate’s upcoming Annual Report into the use of the Mental Health Act and the Joint HIW & CIW National Review of Adult Community Mental Health Services - expected to be published shortly.

Guests of Honour

Lynne Neagle AM

Chair, Children, Young People and Education Committee

Dr Dai Lloyd AM

Chair, Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Guests of Honour

Dr Dai Lloyd AM

Chair, Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

Lynne Neagle AM

Chair, Children, Young People and Education Committee

Keynote Speakers

Dr Dave Williams

Chair, Children in Wales and Member, Together for Children and Young People Programme Board, NHS Wales

Professor Ann John

Professor, Medical School, Swansea University and Chair, National Advisory Group to Welsh Government on Suicide and Self Harm Prevention

John Powell

Clinical Advisor for Mental Health, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales


Vikki Howells AM

Member, Cross-Party Group on Children and Young People

David Melding AM

Vice-Chair, Cross-Party Group on Children and Young People


Councillor Geraint Hopkins

Cabinet Member for Adult and Children's Community Services, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Lindsey Watkins

Headteacher, Millbrook Primary School, Newport

Mark Smith

Outpatient and Founder, The 66 99 Project

Dr Elanor Maybury

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Cwm Taf University Health Board and Action for Children

Rosemarie Whittle

Head, Operations and Delivery, Community Child Health Directorate, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Councillor David Hughes

Cabinet Member, Social Services, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Jenny Burns

Programme Lead, Wales, Mental Health Foundation