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Improving Mental Health Outcomes: Integrating, Coordinating and Transformin...

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The Bridgewater Hall

Lower Mosley Street

Manchester

M2 3WS

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With an extra £1.3bn to be invested annually in mental health services by 2021 England is seeing the biggest expansion of mental healthcare in Europe. Alongside the welcome funding an independent review of mental health provision has been launched. Led by Professor Sir Simon Wessely the review will explore how the NHS and other public services deal with people suffering mental health problems with a view to updating the law. The prime minister has made a promise to tackle the “burning injustice of mental illness”.

Although positive strides have been made in recent years implementing improvements in mental healthcare remains a challenge. A new survey has found that the government’s commitment to parity of esteem between mental and physical health services is being undermined by a failure to ensure funding increases reach the frontline. NHS Providers and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) report reveals that only half (52%) of providers reported that they had received a real terms increase in funding of their services in 2015/16. The survey also found that there is a lack of alignment between commissioners and providers over what it means to implement parity of esteem.

A report from the Care Quality Commission has highlighted that available inpatient psychiatric beds have dropped by four per cent since 2014. The commission has warned that thousands of mental health patients who should be rehabilitated are being kept in secure wards for years on end. The report found that high-risk patients, such as those with eating disorders, were suffering severe delays in receiving care. It was also revealed that 6,000 mental health patients had to be sent out of their local area to receive care, a shocking 40 per cent rise in two years.

There have been warnings on serious shortages of both mental health nurses and psychiatrists with health leaders calling for an effective strategy to stop staff leaving the mental health sector. The Health Secretary has promised to fund 21,000 new mental health workers, treating an extra million patients every year in line with the Five Year Forward View.

Our conference agenda will share personal experiences of mental health users, provide an invaluable update on the roadmap to improved mental health care, and highlight real, practical examples of service transformation and new approaches to care.

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