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 seminar will consider challenges and opportunities around improving mental health and wellbeing in Wales.  


It is timed to follow the recent Welsh Government consultation on priorities for the final 2019-2022 phase of the Together for Mental Health strategy.


Delegates will discuss next steps following the consultation, including issues for implementation.


They will also assess the Health & Social Care Workforce Strategy - aiming to meet the needs of Wales over the next 10 years, including emphases on staff well-being and staff experience  - as Health Education and Improvement Wales and Social Care Wales consider the Strategy’s final shape following on from the current consultation.


Further policy developments and context for discussion


  • Children and young people - The Children, Young People and Education Committee’s assessment of progress on improving emotional and mental health of children and young people since their recommendations in 2018.
  • Mental health and policing - The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee drafting their Mental health in policing and police custody report, with discussion expected on challenges around preventing people going into police custody, as well as identifying and responding appropriately to detained people with mental health problems.
  • Perinatal mental health - The Children, Young People and Education Committee’s inquiry on perinatal mental health.
  • Funding - The Welsh Government’s announcement on funding to further develop projects, including alternatives to hospital admission in North Wales and extending the Betsi Cadwaladr UHB Perinatal Mental Health Service.
  • A Healthier Wales - The Welsh Government’s assessment of progress one year on.


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

Dr Richard Evans

Executive Medical Director, Swansea Bay University Health Board

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