Taking place a year after the publication of The Five Year Forward View this conference will assess the successfulness of its implementation, what progress has been made so far and explore the strategy for moving forward over the next four years in mental health in the UK. Expert speakers from across the sector will facilitate open discussion on topics such as innovations in diagnosis and treatment, prevention strategies, plans for more joined up services and sector specific challenges and opportunities. Dedicated break-out sessions also allow delegates to engage in intimate discussion forums about Student Mental Health, Perinatal Mental Health, Men’s Mental Health and Older People and Mental Health.
Innovations in Mental Health
Discussions will include an assessment of recent innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, the role of the internet and smartphones in changing the way people access mental health support and ways in which the NHS engage with the digital revolution to provide more accessible and effective care for mental health patients. Delegates will also explore the importance of patient choice and empowerment and will consider evidence-based changes for service users as well assessing the success of IAPT in enabling this.
Prevention is Better than Cure
Given that prevention has been identified as a public priority according to The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, delegates will hear the latest strategies being used to promote good mental health and reduce the number of people requiring treatment for mental illness. Discussions will also include the social determinants and risk factors associated with mental ill health and how better understanding of these factors can produce more effective and targeted prevention strategies.
Speakers will also consider the need to continue reducing the stigma and spreading awareness of mental health risks at every stage of life, and the role of non-healthcare and voluntary organisations in changing the public mind-set.
Workforce, Service Provision and Joined up Services
Delegates will explore the potential challenges and opportunities presented by plans to integrate physical and mental health and the benefits that could arise from a holistic approach to treating the patient not the illness. Discussion will also focus on the role of should social work in an integrated mental health care model and the pressure on non-healthcare related fields such as the police to fill the gaps left by understaffing in the mental health sector.
Speakers will also address the needs of the workforce and the priorities for training and recruiting high quality staff to deliver efficient and effective mental health services.