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Improving Mental Health Services for Young Adults

Dr Jacqueline Cornish OBE NHS England's National Clinical Director for Children, Young People and Transition to Adulthood to speak at national conference on Improving Mental Health Services for Young Adults Supporting the Transition to Adulthood. 

Dr Cornish will deliver a national update on improving mental health services for young adults including ensuring timely preparation, and actively managing and coordinating transfers between child and adolescent and adult services at the CPD certified conference to be held on Thursday 28th January 2016 at the ICO Conference Centre, London.

The conference will include practical case study presentations providing guidance on; building emotional resilience in young adults, developing youth services, delivering integrated age inclusive pathways, improving access to IAPT for teenagers, and counselling in schools.  The conference will conclude with feedback and summary comments from young adults and representatives from YoungMinds. 

Dr Jacqueline Cornish was appointed to the post of National Clinical Director Children, Young People and Transition to Adulthood in NHS England in April 2013. She is passionate about continuously striving for improved healthcare outcomes in this young group, giving them and their families the best experience and delivering care safely to the highest possible standard. She is a practicing clinician, having only recently stepped down as Director of Paediatric Stem Cell Transplant (SCT) at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Dr Cornish specialises in the transplant of children with a high risk haematological malignancy, and the Unit has been pioneering in the development of the use of alternative donors, detection of molecular minimal residual leukaemia, and white cell chimerism techniques.

Dr Cornish believes strongly in Parity of Esteem, for CYP overall but importantly bringing mental health on a par with physical health. She hopes to secure robust Transition to adult services though multiagency partnership working for all young people with chronic and long term conditions, making their experience positive such they remain engaged with their services and are supported to take responsibility for their own health as they move into adulthood.

Further information about the national work Dr Cornish is leading is available at 


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The conference is due to take place on Thursday 28th January at the ICO Conference Centre, London.  Visit

20 October 2015


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