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Priorities for improving mental health - funding, prevention, and tackling health inequalities

Morning, Tuesday, 12th October 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine policy priorities for improving mental health in light of proposed reforms to the Mental Health Act and the critical challenges currently being faced around service delivery in the wake of the pandemic.

It will be a timely opportunity to discuss optimising funding, the key priorities for improving mental health in England, and the impact of the pandemic on meeting long-term aims for improving mental health outcomes, in the context of the Government preparing a Mental Health Bill following recent consultation on reforming the Mental Health Act.

Areas for discussion include:

  • the future of the Mental Health Act following white paper proposals, and the renewed focus on enhancing patient control over treatment and ensuring dignity and respect
  • supporting mental health services in recovery from COVID-19, expanding provision to meet growing demand, and the emphasis on preventing the onset of mental health difficulties
  • the impact of healthcare inequity on mental health, building on the NHS Long Term Plan and NHSE&I strategy, and addressing problems exacerbated by the pandemic
  • improving children’s mental health services, the use of funding allocated in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Recovery Action Plan, and supporting schools to tackle pandemic-related mental health concerns


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department of Health and Social Care; Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office; and NHS Test and Trace. Also due to attend are representatives from the Health Innovation Network; NIHR; Oxford Brookes University; and Rare Autoinflammatory Conditions'​ Community - UK (RACC-UK).

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with regulators, pharmaceutical companies, representatives from the NHS, executive agencies including clinical staff, pharmacists, the independent and third sectors, patients groups, law firms, consultancies, and others affected by the issues discussed as well as academics and think tanks, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Professor Tim Kendall

National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England and NHS Improvement


Akiko Hart

CEO, National Survivor User Network

Jacqui Dyer

Vice Chair of the Mental Health Taskforce, NHS England

Paul Jenkins

Chief Executive, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Ross O’Brien

Associate Director of Innovation and Technology, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust