Improving mental health

How community and primary care services can support better mental health outcomes
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About this event

This one-day conference explored the role that primary and community care services have in supporting better health outcomes for people with mental health conditions.

Highlights from this event

Geraldine Strathdee: NHS England's strategy for mental health

Geraldine Strathdee

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Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England, delivered the keynote address at our event on mental health. She highlighted her top four priorities for improving mental health.

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Simon Gilbody: The links between smoking and mental ill health

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Professor Simon Gilbody, Director, Mental Health and Addictions Research Group (MHARG), University of York, focused on the effects of smoking as the single most important modifiable risk factor in severe mental ill health.

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David Osborn: Complications of multi-morbidities

David Osborn

David Osborn
Dr David Osborn, Reader in Community Psychiatric Epidemiology, Mental Health Sciences Unit, University College London, looked at the link between mental and physical health, focusing specifically on cardiovascular screening for people with severe mental illness.

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Llwellyn Lewis: Achieving positive outcomes through innovation in community mental health services

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Dr Llewellyn Lewis, Deputy Medical Director, South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, discussed the maintaining adherence programme (MAP) which is currently being piloted in Southend.

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Helen Gilburt: Mental health services transformation in London

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Helen Gilburt, author of The King's Fund's paper 'Service transformation: Lessons from mental health', talks through the paper, addressing a number of key issues including drivers of change, barriers to change and lessons we can learn for future transformation.

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Programme

Breakfast workshop

The breakfast seminar brought together experts from the NHS and independent sector to discuss how service users can be better supported to engage with their own mental health care. The speakers presented lessons learned from private practice, discussed how the NHS can implement a system-wide focus on individual needs, and explored Big White Wall’s innovative model of online support.

The workshop was organised by the conference sponsors Priory Group.

Session one: National support for mental health commissioning

Welcome and introduction
Richard Murray, Director of Policy, The King's Fund

  • Keynote address: NHS England’s strategy
    Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England
  • Mental health in the Quality Outcomes Framework
    Professor Tony Kendrick, Professor of Primary Care, University of Southampton and Committee Member, Quality and Outcomes Framework Advisory Committee

Session two: The value of good mental health services to the wider health improvement agenda

  • Does higher quality primary care for people with serious mental illness affect hospital admission?
    Dr Rowena Jacobs, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics, University of York
  • The links between smoking and mental ill health
    Prof Simon Gilbody, Director, Mental Health and Addictions Research Group (MHARG), University of York
  • Complications of multi-morbidities and serious mental illness- focusing on cardiovascular risk
    Dr David Osborn, Reader in Community Psychiatric Epidemiology, Mental Health Sciences Unit, University College London

Session three: Commissioning mental health at a local level

  • Commissioning mental health response teams: The gateway to holistic excellence
    Paul Jennings, Police Sergeant, Safer Neighbourhood and Partnership Team, Isle of Wight
  • Integrating local mental health services
    Dr Llewellyn Lewis, Deputy Medical Director, South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mental health services transformation in London
    Helen Gilburt, Fellow, Health Policy, The King’s Fund

Session four: Engaging stakeholders to integrate mental health services

  • ImROC: Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change
    Dawn Fleming, ImROC Business Manager and Contract Account Manager, NHS Confederation, Mental Health Network
    Professor Geoff Shepherd, ImROC lead, Mental Health Network, NHS Confederation

Panel session: Engaging stakeholders to integrate mental health services

  • Andrew Bell, Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health
  • Dr John Hague, GP and member of Governing Body, Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Seamus Watson, National Programme Manager, Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England
  • Steve Shrubb, Chief Executive, West London Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Dominic M Walker, Engagement Manager, Mind

Speakers

Dr Geraldine Strathdee OBE

National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England

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Geraldine is a consultant psychiatrist in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Professor for the Integrated Mental Health Education Programme at UCL Partners. For over 20 years she has held senior roles in mental health policy, regulation and clinical management, at national and London regional levels and advises internationally on mental health service design and quality improvement, while working as a practising clinician. She has been involved in transformational large-scale service development programmes, moving services from hospital based to 24/7 home care and primary care models, in roles which have included: Trust Director of Clinical services in Oxleas NHS FT (2005-2007), Director of Service development at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and Senior Lecturer, UMDS (1995-1998). She was National Professional Adviser in Mental Health to the Healthcare Commission and the Care Quality Commission (2005-2012).

Her particular commitment is to the translation of policy and best practice evidence into front line routine clinical practice, empowering service users to reach their potential and staff to maximise their time to care. She is passionate about the development of leadership competencies and using information to enable informed decision-making.  As London SHA associate medical director (2009-2013), with responsibility for mental health, she led transformational change through the development of clinical network for dementia and primary care mental health CCG leaders, developed ground breaking commissioning support care pathway profiling informatics tools, and high impact educational programmes.

Professor Tony Kendrick

Professor of Primary Care, University of Southampton and Committee Member, Quality and Outcomes Framework Advisory Committee

Tony Kendrick is Professor of Primary Care at the University of Southampton. His research showing the benefits of general practice registers and regular structured assessments of people with severe mental illness informed the development of quality indicators for their care in the GP contract quality and outcomes framework (QOF). His research into the challenges of identification and management of depression in primary care informed the NICE guidelines on depression and led to the development of quality indicators for the assessment and follow-up of depression in the QOF. He is an academic member of the NICE QOF Clinical Indicators Advisory Committee.

Rowena Jacobs

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics, University of York

Dr Rowena Jacobs is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York. Her research interests include health policy reforms, incentives and performance measurement with a special interest in mental health services and she has published widely in the field. She is an editorial board member of The Open Health Services and Policy Journal. She has acted as a consultant to various UK government and other agencies, as well as the World Bank and WHO and has recently acted as an expert adviser to the OECD on performance measurement in mental health services. She is also a governor for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Simon Gilbody

Director, Mental Health and Addictions Research Group (MHARG), University of York

Dr David Osborn

Reader in Community Psychiatric Epidemiology, Mental Health Sciences Unit, University College London

Dr Liz England

Co-chair, Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health

Dr Llewellyn Lewis

Deputy Medical Director, South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Llew Lewis completed his medical training in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1994. He did his internship at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto and specialised in Psychiatry, becoming a Fellow of the College of Psychiatrists (South Africa) in 2000. He undertook further training in the London Deanery and at the Royal Holloway University (London) in the UK, completing a postgraduate diploma in CBT, and was appointed as a Consultant Psychiatrist in 2006 with South Essex Partnership Foundation University Trust (SEPT).

Dr Lewis has interests in new service development and has led transformation of service model changes in inpatient and community settings, establishing the functional model of New Ways of Working, developing lithium, depot and wellbeing specialist clinics in the Trust, and piloting electronic records. Since 2010 he has led the development of a 'Maintaining Adherence Programme' in SEPT, based on the pioneering work of Dr Werner Kissling of Munich, Germany, in a joint partnership relationship with Janssen-Cilag.

Helen Gilburt

Fellow, Health Policy, The King’s Fund  

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Steve Shrubb

Chief Executive, West London Mental Health NHS Trust

Gregor Henderson

Director of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England

Dominic M Walker

Engagement Manager, Mind

Seamus Watson

National Programme Manager, Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England

Seamus Watson is a registered mental health and general nurse. He has worked as a nurse, senior manager and operational director in both mental health and children and family services. Much of this work involved multi agency partnership working across community, primary and secondary care services. Seamus started working in public health in 2009 as Head of Public Health Programmes within a regional health authority.

In April 2013, Seamus transferred to the newly established Public Health England as National Programme Manager for Wellbeing and Mental Health.