Morning, Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss the next steps for mental health services in England, looking at prevention, specialised services and service user engagement.
Delegates will assess the priorities for moving forward with the NHS Long Term Plan by working with service users, NHS service providers, local authorities and the voluntary sector - as well as the allocation of the funding increase of at least £2.3bn a year by 2023/24.
We expect discussion on the planned expansion of access to services, including emergency mental health support - looking at training, allocating resources and reducing variation. It comes as NHS England rolls out 24/7 community-based mental health crisis response for adults in England by 2020/21.
The seminar will also look at how to further support service user engagement in the development of mental health services and the implementation of new policy initiatives.
The agenda includes discussion on the progress of preventing mental health problems and improving mental wellbeing across England. It follows the launch of the Prevention is better than cure vision, which is expected to be followed by the publication of a green paper later this year and is set to shift care into the community and focus on offering earlier support.
Planned sessions will also examine the priorities for preventing suicides across England, following the cross-government suicide prevention workplan, which supports NHS England’s commitment to make suicide prevention a priority over the next decade.
The seminar will also be an opportunity to examine the next steps for children and young people’s mental health - looking at early intervention, cross-sector collaboration and supporting the involvement of children and young people in their care - as new Mental Health Support Teams working in schools and colleges are set to be rolled out to between one-fifth and a quarter of the country by the end of 2023.
Attendees will also consider the future challenges for the mental health workforce, such as tackling workforce shortages and improving the mental wellbeing of staff. It follows Health Education England’s Mental Wellbeing Report, which found that shifts in behaviour and culture are needed across the whole of the NHS in order to improve the mental wellbeing of staff.
Further sessions will discuss the priorities for delivering specialised mental health services and tackling inequalities for marginalised groups - including supporting patients with multi-morbidities, moving care closer to home and improving patient experience of specialist perinatal services.