How to build mental health literacy and resilience in your local population: Making your board quality- and outcomes-focused

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In this interactive roundtable session led by Dr Geraldine Strathdee, system leaders were able to debate what is needed to develop a quality- and outcomes-focused board in relation to mental health issues.

During this event, Geraldine explored:

  • what being quality- and outcomes-focused means for mental health
  • what support you might need to be at the top of the quality tree in mental health and integrated care
  • where the best performers are, and the critical factors needed for success  
  • how you can raise awareness of mental health and build mental health literacy and resilience in your local population
  • whether lessons from the NHS five year forward view and emerging devolutions might be applicable to your local communities 
  • what the international access to effective treatment standards will mean for people with care needs and your own implementation plans and assurance
  • the implications of new economic data on the impact of mental health across the system.


Geraldine Strathdee

Geraldine Strathdee is NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Mental Health and a consultant psychiatrist at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. She co-chairs the national mental health system board, which brings the new system partners together to implement the national mental health strategy.

She is the clinical lead for the mental health intelligence network and the national CCG mental health leadership programme. Her passionate commitment is to the translation of best practice standards into routine clinical practice.

She is privileged to have the expertise and support of many networks of exceptional mental health leaders to help achieve the ambitions for mental health care in the NHS five year forward view.

Previous roles include National Professional Adviser to Healthcare Commission and CQC, and London Strategic Health Authority mental health lead.

She was awarded the prestigious Psychiatrist of the Year award in 2012.