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Improving the physical health for people with mental health conditions: an NHS England update

Dr Geraldine Strathdee National Clinical Director for Mental Health NHS England spoke at today’s conference on:

• delivering parity of esteem
• demonstrating improvement at a local and national level
• improving the effectiveness of physical health checks
• incentivising improvement
• an update from NHS England

In her presentation Dr Strathdee said; 

"Work has been done to map the cost of mental ill health on the resources in London, so the cost on the police, fire and NHS which could be resolved with proper mental health support

The Department of Health is about to launch a who’s going to be the healthiest in England

Northumberland Tyne and Wear have tweeted that they will bust the myths on mental health

What I believe has really changed things is brave service users speaking out

We’ve never had access to standards of early interventions in mental health" 

Dr Geraldine Strathdee, OBE, MRCPsych, NCD for Mental Health
Geraldine is a consultant psychiatrist in Oxleas NHS FT, and Visiting Professor, for the integrated mental health education programme at UCL Partners.  For over 20 years she has held senior roles in mental health policy, regulation and clinical management, at national and London regional levels, and advises internationally on mental health service design and quality improvement, while working as a practising clinician. She has been involved in transformational large scale service development programmes, moving services from hospital based, to 24/7 home care and primary care models, in roles which have included: the Trust Director of Clinical services in Oxleas NHS FT (2005-2007), Director of Service Development at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and Senior Lecturer, UMDS ( 1995-1998). She was the National Professional Adviser in mental health to the Healthcare Commission and the Care Quality Commission (2005-2012). 

Her particular commitment is to the translation of policy and best practice evidence into front line routine clinical practice, empowering service users to reach their potential, and staff to maximise their time to care. She is passionate about the development of leadership competencies and using information to enable informed decision-making.  As London SHA associate medical director (2009-2013), with responsibility for mental health, she led transformational change through the development of clinical network for dementia and primary care mental health CCG leaders, developed ground breaking commissioning support care pathway profiling informatics tools, and high impact educational programmes. 

Clinical experience:
Clinically, she has worked in a wide range of primary care, inpatient and community services, and latterly with people with complex and multiple needs, as a Consultant Psychiatrist for the Bromley Assertive Community Treatment team in Oxleas. She is committed to providing services which enable services users to live in their own homes, develop their own personalised care plans and self-management expertise to achieve recovery, while at the same time working with community agencies to deliver coordinated, responsive, care pathways.  

Service evaluation and research interests: Her teams have won awards for their use of technology in improving care, using patients as experts in staff training and leadership awards for new Ways of Working, the redesign of roles. Her research interests have included the fields of primary care mental health, evaluation of community services and dual diagnosis. Current research interests include the evaluation of competency based leadership programmes and clinical networks to drive transformational improvements, and high impact educational programmes.

Future conferences of interest:

Masterclass: The Legal use of Control and Restraint
Wednesday 14 January 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Positive and Proactive Care: Reducing the need for restrictive interventions
Tuesday 3 February 2015 
Colmore Gate, Birmingham

Meeting the National Access and Waiting Time Standards for Mental Health
Monday 9 February 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Psychological Therapies in the NHS 2015
Wednesday 11 February 2015 — Thursday 12 February 
Millennium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre, London

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Mental Health Services Including Implications of the New Care Act 2014
Tuesday 24 February 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Bipolar Disorder in Adults
Monday 2 March 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Positive and Proactive Care Meeting the New National Guidance on Reducing Seclusion
Tuesday 10 March 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Measuring and Monitoring Quality in Mental Health
Monday 23 March 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: Ensuring Compliance in Practice
Wednesday 25 March 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Implementing the national objective to end Prone/Face Down Restraint: Examining Restraint Positions in Practice
Tuesday 21 April 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Improving Mental Health Crisis Care
Thursday 30 April 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Smoking Cessation in Mental Health
Monday 11 May 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Information Governance in Mental Health: Implementing Caldicott2 & the New Code of Practice on Confidential Information
Monday 11 May 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Stronger Code: Better Care Implementing the Changes to the Mental Health Act Code of Practice
Tuesday 12 May 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Masterclass: The Mental Capacity Act and Advance Decisions
Wednesday 13 May 2015 
Cavendish Conference Centre, London

Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services
Tuesday 19 May 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London


9 December 2014

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