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Improving Mental Health Services for Young Adults

Monday 19 November 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Improving Mental Health Services for Young Adults

This event has now past, but there may well be news on the event including presentations and quotes from the day at our News pages here, a full list of our forthcoming events is available here.

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“Too often, we found that children, young people, their parents, families and carers have to be at the point of crisis before being able to access the right support.” State of Care, CQC, October 2018

“Our thematic review highlighted the well-known problem faced by young people making the transition from CAMHS to adult mental health services. However, we are also concerned about the interface between services at the other end of the age-range, including the question of whether ‘ageless’ services have the specialist skills to meet the specifc needs of older people with mental health problems. We plan to explore this issue further over the coming year.” State of Care, CQC, October 2018

In July 2018 the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch published its second full investigation report to support a new learning culture around mistakes in the NHS. The investigation reviewed the transition of care from child and adolescent to adult mental health services to understand how variations in the transition impacts the safe and effective care of young people. This investigation followed the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch being notified of an 18-year-old who died by suicide shortly after transitioning from child and adolescent to adult mental health services. The investigation identified possible issues regarding the transition process.

‘It is estimated that more than 25,000 young people transition from child and adolescent to adult mental health services each year, and research has identified that few of those receive an ‘ideal’ transition…Research suggests that, between 16 and 18 years old, young people are going through significant change and are potentially at their most vulnerable psychologically. Despite this, this is currently the age that young people are either transitioned to adult mental health services, or discharged if they do not meet the criteria for adult mental health services.’ Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, July 2018

This conference is focused on improving mental health services for young adults and smoothing the transition from child to adult mental health services in line with the recommendations from HSIB, the CQC review into child mental health and the recent government Green Paper. 

The conference will enable you to: 

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve mental health services for young adults 
  • Learn from outstanding practice in improving the transition from child to adult services 
  • Reflect on national developments and learning from the HSIB, CQC Report and Government Green Paper 
  • Hear from young adults on their lived experience 
  • Improve the way services from young adults are organized 
  • Develop your skills in delivering integrated age inclusive pathways for young adults 
  • Understand how you can improve whole systems working with schools and higher education 
  • Identify key strategies for bridging the gap between child and adolescent services 
  • Ensure you are up to date with the latest evidence on service models and outcomes 
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice 
  • Gain cpd accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence 


Plus: Attend the pre-conference supplier showcase session: Bob Stewart from CheckWare Ltd will look at patients participating in their treatment by self-reporting and distance care management

100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject would recommend it to a colleague

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