Policy Forum for Wales

Next steps for improving mental health in Wales - prevention and access, funding decisions, and raising the quality of services for key service user groups

Morning, Wednesday, 29th January 2020

Central Cardiff

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will consider challenges and opportunities around improving mental health and wellbeing provision in Wales.


We expect discussion to focus on issues emerging from recent consultations that policy makers have held with stakeholders, including:



The agenda


  • The delivery plan - collaboration, key outcomes, and effective joint working between local authorities and health boards;
  • Children and young people - intervention and prevention, access to care, and the transition between child and adult services;
  • Working with people affected by serious mental illness;
  • Perinatal mental health services - developing care pathways and inpatient provision;
  • Investment in services and developing a sustainable workforce - recruitment, retention, planning, and staff wellbeing; and 
  • Mental health services and their partners in the third and public sector - addressing key challenges for quality, funding, signposting, and improving the multiagency response.

Speakers


There will be keynote addresses from: Andrea Gray, Mental Health Development Lead for Wales, Public Health Wales; Professor Keith Lloyd, Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales and Helen Whyley, Director, RCN Wales.


Speakers also include:


  • Alun Thomas, Chief Executive, Hafal - further supporting vulnerable groups in Wales;
  • Ewan Hilton, Chief Executive, Platfform - developing effective partnerships to overcome the challenges around the delivery of services;
  • Jan Coles, Head of Children’s Services, Powys County Council - challenges around delivering a smooth and effective transition between child and adult services in Wales; and
  • Casey-Jane Bishop, Member, Barnardo's Cymru, Welsh Youth Parliament - how care can be improved and delivered in the most compassionate way possible, for children and young people, in the context of rising demand on services.


Keynote Speakers

Andrea Gray

Mental Health Development Lead for Wales, Public Health Wales

Alun Thomas

Chief Executive, Hafal

Keynote Speakers

Alun Thomas

Chief Executive, Hafal

Andrea Gray

Mental Health Development Lead for Wales, Public Health Wales

Speakers

Casey-Jane Bishop

Member, Barnardo's Cymru, Welsh Youth Parliament

Professor Keith Lloyd

Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales; Chair, Welsh Psychiatric Society and Professor, Clinical Psychiatry, Swansea University

Ewan Hilton

Chief Executive, Platfform

Jan Coles

Head of Children's Services, Powys County Council

Allison Hulmes

National Director, Wales, British Association of Social Workers Cymru

Helen Whyley

Director, RCN Wales