CPFT's sustainable mental event attracts nation's experts

The 'Developing a sustainable mental health system' conference showcased CPFT's innovative work in integrating mental and physical health and attracted many well-known national experts to share their knowledge with delegates from across the country. 

CPFT's sustainable mental event attracts nation's experts
23 February 2018

Work of Trust attracts nation's experts

More than 130 local and national health professionals attended a conference on Wednesday 22 February - hosted by the Trust - about building a sustainable mental health system. CPFT CEO Tracy Dowling, who opened the event, said: "What binds us together is a really genuine appreciation of the vulnerabilities and needs of the people who need support for their mental health, the importance of engaging with their families, carers and friends, and helping them to move towards recovery and employment or education." She emphasised the need for organisations working locally to be "partners rather than competitors" in order to deliver improved care.

The keynote speech was given by Dr Geraldine Strathdee, CBE, National Professional Advisor, Population information and intelligence, safety and improvement and National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England from 2013-2016. She spoke passionately about mental health provision and said success required four pillars: leaders and mental health champions, robust data and evaluation of outcomes, clarity of what 'good' services look like, and a strong communications strategy. She praised the event for being "energising" and full of "rich learning". Dr Emma Tiffin from the CCG gave a comprehensive briefing on the delivery of mental health services including engagement with primary care and developing services such as PRISM and First Response which have led to a 20 per cent reduction in accident and emergency attendances for those with mental health needs.

During a marketplace-style exhibition, delegates discovered more about innovative work going on at CPFT including PRISM, FRS, the Psychological Wellbeing Service, mental health support for children and young people, and the services run by the Older People and Adult Community directorate. The event finished with a panel discussion and a networking opportunity.

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