Transforming Mental Health and Dementia Provision with the Natural Environment
The “Transforming Mental Health and Dementia Provision with the Natural Environment” conference, hosted by Natural England and organised by The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, still has some delegate spaces available!
We have been shaping up the agenda for this flagship national one-day conference, which will take place on the 10th November 2016, at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and we are very excited to announce our workshop programme for the day.
This programme is aimed at commissioners of mental health and dementia services, GPs, social care providers, public health or other relevant departments of local authorities, as well as those working in nature-based projects. The day will focus on how we are going to ensure that everyone in the country has access to natural solutions for mental health and dementia where appropriate for their health, by showcasing best practice in commissioning and scaling up of nature based projects.
Sessions will feature mental health and dementia projects led by:
- MIND and the Wildlife Trusts
- The Mersey Forest, lead partner in the Natural Health Service Consortium
- Growing Support Community Interest Company
- The Land Trust
- RSPB and Dorset AONB, lead partners in the Natural Health Service Weymouth and Portland
- The Forestry Commission
These interactive sessions involving health and natural environment leaders will look in detail at experiences of commissioning and examine critical success factors in increasing the scale of interventions.
The workshop programme will support our already confirmed keynote panel which includes James Cross, Chief Executive Natural England, Gina Radford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, and Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia.
Anyone involved in developing or commissioning mental health and dementia services is strongly advised to attend this conference which is already attracting senior delegates from across the natural environment and health and social care sectors.
The National Outdoors for All Working Group chaired by Natural England is hosting a national conference, organised by The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) to bring the health and social care sectors together with the natural environment sector, to look at practical ways of increasing provision and commissioning of natural solutions as a mainstream activity in helping to tackle mental health and dementia.
There is a huge and growing burden of mental ill health in the UK with at least 1 in 4 individuals affected in any one year and the overall economic and social costs of mental ill health in England estimated at around £105 billion per annum, including £21.3 billion in direct health and social care costs. Dementia directly affects around 800,000 people and a further 670,000 carers and numbers are estimated to double in the next 30 years.
Much valuable work is being done by projects in the natural environment which directly benefit physical and mental health and dementia, and could save money for health and social care, supported by a growing body of evidence. However, these are nearly all one-off, small-scale projects and, while their benefits are often well-recognised locally, they have yet to become embedded in mainstream health and social care provision.
Through presentations and workshops the conference will showcase best practice from around the UK, to equip both the natural environment sector and the health and social care sectors to mainstream and scale up nature-based interventions in mental health and dementia treatment and prevention.
We are looking forward to welcoming excellent speakers at the conference, including Gina Radford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, James Cross, Chief Executive for Natural England, Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Gregor Henderson National Lead for Wellbeing and Mental Health for Public Health England. Additionally we will be hearing from a number of excellent delivery bodies who will be sharing their experience and leading workshops to deliver the key learning outcomes from this action-focused event.
This conference is designed to attract policy makers, mental health and dementia commissioners, mental health and dementia service providers, GPs, directors of public health, council staff involved in transport, planning, parks and leisure and others working in health and social care as well as people working on nature based projects with measurable health benefits.
Please sign up early. The early bird rate is £58 plus VAT, standard rate £75 plus VAT. To see the agenda please go to CSH events.