Network events promote mental health parity agenda

May 20th 2016 ...in category Healthcare News

Our Regional Mental Health Commissioning Network events have been running for 5 years to help facilitate the goals captured by the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health at a local level.

With estimates that between 12 and 18% of all NHS expenditure on long-term conditions is linked to poor mental health and wellbeing – totalling a whopping £8 to 13 billion in England each year – understanding and supporting mental health service provision is very important.

Our mental health network events bring together like minded people from primary and secondary care, and associated organisations involved in the commissioning and delivery of services. This provides a much needed platform for active discussion and exchange of ideas and local innovation to cope with the commissioning challenges encountered in mental health in a more integrated way.

Expert presenters speak on a range of topics, from parity of esteem, integration, new models of care and the NHS vanguards, to condition-specific topics. The sessions cover for example how the vanguards could impact on the management pathways for patients with psychosis and other serious mental health conditions, setting ambitious goals for patients with depression focusing on a fully functional recovery, and adult ADHD and the mental health co-morbidities among these individuals.

Delegates have told us that not only do the events have a good mix of clinical and commissioning information, but it is also a good platform to share good practice and exchange new ideas with a variety of different people. The events bring together psychiatrists, GPs and health service managers to discuss how to make the government ideal of 'no health without mental health' a reality across their region, and why doctors should no longer think of the mind and body separately.

“The NHiS Regional Mental Health Commissioning Networks have been running for 5 years, now cover six regions across England, and hold 12 events per year attracting nearly 1000 senior level attendees,” says Paul Midgley, Insights Director at NHiS.

“These networks provide a safe space for the full range of clinicians, commissioners and other relevant stakeholders from the NHS, local authority, public health, independent sector, charities and industry sponsors, to discuss hot topics, showcase local good practice, learn, share and network, fostering a feeling of community and shared energy to bring about change.

“Over the years our events have grown in popularity and now attract around 75 attendees per event. Comments are overwhelmingly positive, and all content is shared openly post-event on the NHS Networks website to encourage widespread learning and dissemination of the presentations and the outputs from table discussions, where the real ideas about local implementation often come from.”


To register your interest in the networks email sarah.gilmour@nhis.com

For more information on future events and the output from all previous events since 2011 across England visit NHS Networks Regional Mental Health Commissioning Networks Portal

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