Increasing access to mental health care

The King's Fund, London W1G 0AN
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Increasing access to mental health care is a key issue in valuing mental health equally with physical health, or creating 'parity of esteem'. The introduction of access and waiting time standards are part of a five-year plan to ensure that mental and physical health services are integrated and given equal priority by 2020.

About this event

Achieving ‘parity of esteem’ will require a fundamental change in the way services are delivered, and commissioned. This conference offered delegates best practice, tools and guidance to help support them to deliver this national ambition.

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Thank you

We would like to thank the following organisations who supported this conference. If you'd like to find out how you can support the The King's Fund events please email us or call 020 7307 2584.


Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK is a leading national anxiety charity formed more than 40 years ago by an agoraphobia sufferer for those affected by anxiety disorders. Today the charity still maintains its user led ethos and is run by sufferers and ex-suffers of anxiety disorders, and supported by a high profile medical advisory panel and celebrity patrons.

Bipolar UK

Bipolar UK is the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. We provide a range of services to enable people affected by bipolar to take control of their lives. Our services include a nationwide network of Support Groups, an innovative Youth Project, and our online peer support eCommunity.

Centre for Mental Health

At Centre for Mental Health we want people facing or living with mental ill health to have a fairer chance in life. The Centre has a unique role to play. As an independent charity our mission is to inform policy and practice based on high-quality evidence, presented impartially, and often collaboratively.

Mental Health Research UK

Mental Health Research UK is the only organisation in the country that exclusively supports UK-based research into mental health. We invest in some of our country’s most promising scientists, to find ways of preventing and treating mental illness.


MINDFUL EMPLOYER is a UK-wide initiative providing businesses and organisations with easier access to information, local support and awareness training to help managers support staff experiencing a mental health condition. Run by Devon Partnership NHS Trust, it’s open to any employer, any size or any sector.

Oxford Mental Health Forum

Oxford Mental Health Forum is an independent web resource aimed primarily at people living in Oxfordshire affected by mental illness and anyone with an interest in mental health. The website provides access to a range of online material on mental health.


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