Policy Forum for Wales

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
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Improving mental health in Wales - prevention and access, funding decisions, and raising service quality for key service user groups

February 2020

This conference will consider priorities and next steps for improving mental health and wellbeing provision in Wales.

The context for discussion

The conference takes place in the context of issues emerging from recent policy consultations, including:

Areas for discussion

Delegates will assess progress and next steps in key policy areas, including:

  • Crisis care - partnership working, following the Wales Crisis Care Concordat National Action Plan, as well as quality of data and its analysis, and improving inter-agency communication;
  • Children and young people - revisions to guidance on school- and community-based counselling, and progress on improving emotional and mental health of children and young people;
  • Mental health and policing - including preventing people going into police custody, and identifying and responding appropriately to detained people with mental health problems;
  • Perinatal mental health services - improving access and quality, and examining progress following the Committee inquiry on perinatal mental health;
  • Funding - Welsh Government funding for projects, including developing alternatives to hospital admission in North Wales and expanding the Betsi Cadwaladr UHB Perinatal Mental Health Service; and
  • A Healthier Wales - The Welsh Government’s progress report one year on, and how to meet the plan’s aims relating to outcomes, quality, access, value and workforce.


There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Andrea Gray, Mental Health Development Lead for Wales, Public Health Wales;
  • Alun Thomas, Chief Executive, Hafal;
  • Helen Whyley, Director, RCN Wales; and
  • Tim Wright, Service Development Senior Officer, Mind.

Further confirmed speakers include: Casey-Jane Bishop, Welsh Youth Parliament; Jan Coles, Powys County Council; Suzanne Griffiths, National Adoption Service for Wales; Ewan Hilton, Platfform; Allison Hulmes, British Association of Social Workers Cymru; Jane Jenkins, Moorland Primary School and David Richards, Gwent Police.

The agenda

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

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates