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Improving the Management of People with Coexisting Severe Mental Illness and Substance Misuse

Friday 24 Jan 2020

West One De Vere Conference Centre, London

Meeting the New National Quality Standard 

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This conference focuses on improving the management and outcomes of people with coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse, including meeting the National Quality Standard which was published by NICE in August 2019. 

“This quality standard covers the assessment, management and care provided for people aged 14 and over who have coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.”

NICE August 2019

“People who have severe mental illness and substance misuse have significantly poorer outcomes than people who have either severe mental illness or substance misuse alone. Identifying substance misuse as soon as possible, by asking people about it when they attend services, such as child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), mental health services, emergency departments, general practice and services within the criminal justice system, gives a better chance of tailored care and treatment plans being effective. Initial identification and subsequent comprehensive assessment also help to reduce the risk of worsening psychiatric symptoms and homelessness, to reduce contact with the criminal justice system and to improve physical health.”

NICE August 2019

This conference will systematically address how providers can provide improved care and outcomes for people with coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve services, practice and treatment for people who are experiencing coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse (dual diagnosis)
  • Reflect on the lived experience of people experiencing coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse 
  • Ensure Adherence to the August 2019 NICE Quality Standard for coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse
  • Understand how you can engage and support people to improve outcomes and avert crisis, and reduce the risk of exclusion or drop out from services  
  • Identify key strategies for ensuring early intervention
  • Develop your skills in risk assessment
  • Enable positive practice in prevention, wellbeing and resilience
  • Understand how the Quality Standard can be applied to older people including treatment evidence and age specific programmes 
  • Engage people to reduce missed appointments and ensure effective follow up if this does occur 
  • Improve your skills and competence in delivering dual diagnosis services
  • Learn from current best practice/case studies in dual diagnosis focusing on homeless people 
  • Understand how to effectively develop and support peer support networks
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience away from their workplace in an intimate environment where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events, whether it be a sponsored session, or an exhibition stand, a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage face to face with your key audience
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact carolyn@hc-uk.org.uk for prices and further information, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Getting to the Venue

De Vere West One is located on Portland Street and is a 10 minute walk for Great Portland Street Underground station and a 5 minute walk from Oxford Circus
By Rail
De Vere West One is just a five minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube (Central, Victoria, and Bakerloo), Bond street (Jubilee) and a 10 minute walk from Great Portland Street tube (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan) and Marylebone station.
By Road
Portland Place is just north of Oxford Circus. The nearest NCP car park is approximately 300 yards away. Follow the A4201 past De Vere West One taking the second left turning onto Weymouth Street, then take the second left onto Weymouth Mews.
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Fee Options

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Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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