Key Points
  • Early Intervention - With a strong emphasis on early prevention and its enduring pre-eminence on the policy agenda, the platform will consider the logistical and financial opportunities and obstacles that need to be addressed in dealing with mental health problems early on as possible.
  • Accessing Mental Health Services - With regional disparities in quality of delivery and collaborative work being well documented for mental health services, discussions will look at how this can be bettered through best practise and model systems, in a time of constrained financial budgets.
  • Timely delivery - As a growing priority area for the Government and service providers alike, discussions will look at what the next steps are to ensure that multiple agencies and partners are well signposted, better informed and equipped at providing swifter referrals.

Following on from the Government’s recently published green paper from December 2017 and the current consultation taking place to transform mental health provision for children and young people, this forum looks to consider the pathways that lie ahead in delivering a more timely, consistent and specialist service in mental health provision.

With proposals that include the creation of new mental health workforce teams in local communities, a designated lead in education settings, this forum brings together key voices and stakeholders in the field in how to bring about these changes effectively. Delegates will have an opportunity to discuss how provision can be better connected, signposted and developed collectively by all services involved, in providing mental health support and care to children and young people.

The forum will also provide an opportunity to look at the roadmap for key stakeholders involved in the provision of mental health support services from early intervention services, NHS staff to education settings. Attention will also draw upon the NHS’s Five Year Forward Plan on Mental Health and where we are now more than two years on, in particular reference to building simpler and quicker pathways for mental health issues to be addressed early on, much as possible.


08:30 - 08:55
Registration, Coffee and Networking


08:55 - 09:00
Opening Remarks


09:00 - 10:00
Early Intervention and Prevention

  • What are the existing barriers to early intervention and diagnosis?      
  • Has the Green Paper of December 2017 been bold enough in its vision, reach and allocation of resources for transforming mental health provision for children and young people?     
  • With the welcome emphasis placed on early intervention and prevention, what can immediately be done to help early diagnosis between services, partners and educational settings? 
  • How will the Government’s introduction of local Mental Health Support Teams (supervised by NHS Staff) to provide extra capacity for early intervention in educational settings work in practise?
  • How can areas of responsibility and remit of diverse partners involved in mental health support provision be simplified in such a collaborative working environment?
  • How can mental health services help provide targeted interventions that meet the appropriate need of care and avoid a belated diagnosis, in the aftermath of concerns raised regarding eligibility thresholds?
  • With the Government emphasising the need to have different models of best practise, what existing models of local practise can be considered in the short-term for effective delivery in service?

10:00 - 10:30
Priorities for Prevention and Resilience in Adolescent Mental Health

  • What are the particular concerns and problems that relevant services face in addressing adolescent mental health problems, particularly in regards to depression and self-harm? 
  • With the Green Paper of December 2017 recognising the negative impact social media can have on mental health, what can the Government’s yet to be established working group on social media need to consider in preventative and reactionary measures?
  • What are the considerations that need to be given for effective cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in schools and colleges, particularly in addressing depression amongst adolescents?
  • What lessons can be learnt from the specific mental health strategies employed at the youth in the past, such as the Youth Matters strategy, a decade earlier?

10:30 - 10:35
Closing Remarks


10:35 - 11:05
Refreshment and Networking Break


11:05 - 11:10
Opening Remarks


11:10 - 12:00
Delivering Outstanding Children and Young People's Mental Health Services


12:00 - 12:55
Developing the CAMHS Workforce


12:55 - 13:00
Closing Remarks



Venue details

Central London

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