29 January 2020 – Central Cardiff
Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar
Andrea Gray, Mental Health Development Lead for Wales, Public Health Wales; Professor Keith Lloyd, Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales; Alun Thomas, Chief Executive, Hafal and Helen Whyley, Director, RCN Wales
Dr Richard Evans, Swansea Bay University Health Board and Ewan Hilton, Platfform
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We expect discussion to focus on issues emerging from recent consultations that policy makers have held with stakeholders, including:
• priorities for the final 2019-2022 phase of the Together for Mental Health strategy, and
• the final shape of the Health & Social Care Workforce Strategy – aiming to meet the needs of Wales over the next 10 years, including emphasis on staff wellbeing and staff.
• 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;
• 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.
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:
• Further supporting vulnerable groups in Wales e.g. people with eating disorders – with Alun Thomas, Chief Executive, Hafal, which works with those affected by serious mental illness;
• Access, including for children and young people who are at high risk – with Dr Richard Evans, Executive Medical Director, Swansea Bay University Health Board; and
• Developing effective partnerships to overcome the challenges around the delivery of services – with Ewan Hilton, Chief Executive, Platfform.
The details: areas for discussion at this conference
• 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 services – opportunities to improve access and quality, and examining progress following 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; and
• A Healthier Wales – The Welsh Government’s assessment of progress one year on, with sessions expected to consider how to meet the plan’s aims relating to outcomes, quality, access, value and workforce.
Investment and developing a sustainable workforce
Sessions will examine the nature of investment in services such as prevention, and implications for other services, alongside ensuring that all parts of the mental health workforce are qualified and experienced – and include a range of specialisms.
Delegates will also look at challenges for improving the consistency of care and support provided by community mental health services.
Supporting the workforce and issues for CAMHS
We expect delegates to examine ways in which to support the workforce and how, in turn, care can be delivered in the most compassionate way possible – as demand rises for services such as those for children and adolescents.
Those attending will also assess the role of other sectors, such as education – as the Welsh Government issue guidance on self-harm and suicidal thoughts for those who come into direct contact with young people.
Supporting vulnerable groups
Delegates will hear a case study on further specialist support for vulnerable groups of all ages in Wales.
Areas for discussion include the signposting of available services – with the draft Together for Mental Health strategy placing emphasis on improving services for offenders, and those with eating disorders and co-related mental health and substance misuse issues.
The agenda has been structured following consultation with the Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and third sector representatives. The draft agenda is available to download here. Follow @PFWEvents for live updates.
We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Andrea Gray, Mental Health Development Lead for Wales, Public Health Wales; Professor Keith Lloyd, Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales; Chair, Welsh Psychiatric Society and Professor, Clinical Psychiatry, Swansea University; Alun Thomas, Chief Executive, Hafal and Helen Whyley, Director, RCN Wales.
Further confirmed speakers include: Dr Richard Evans, Executive Medical Director, Swansea Bay University Health Board and Ewan Hilton, Chief Executive, Platfform.
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