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New Savoy Psychological Therapies 2018

Andy Bell, Chief Executive, The Centre for Mental Health on supporting people with mental health issues to return to workAndy Bell, Chief Executive, The Centre for Mental Health on supporting people with mental health issues to return to work

News ahead of the 11th Annual New Savoy Conference Psychological Therapies in the NHS: A new deal for Depression which will be held on the 21st and 22nd March 2018 at the Millennium Conference Centre, London. 

Download the conference brochure detailing the full programme and confirmed speaker line-up. 

The conference will bring together psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors to challenge the boundaries through lively debate, and help shape the future of Psychological Therapies and IAPT.  A 40% discount* is currently available on a first come, first served basis along with free bursary places for IAPT leads attending with a full paying delegate. 

To register for your discounted and bursary places quote hcuk40iapt and either: 

1. Book online providing your IAPT colleague’s name, job title and email address in the ‘Other information’ box, or 
2. Email your details to 

6.3.18 The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that some patients who are subject to the Mental Health Act continue to experience care that does not fully protect their rights or ensure their wellbeing.
Does this open the door to a law suit? If so, who should be held liable under our current system of fragmented accountability? More fundamentally, does our current system systematically discriminate against the human rights of people with serious mental illness by design, or is it failing to protect their rights by default, primarily as a result of under-funding? 

Either way, says CQC’s report the situation is not improving. The Department of Health and Social Care has accepted CQC’s recommendations. But NHS England said implementing them will cost money they do not have. 

CQC’s report comes as an independent review of the Mental Health Act is underway, led by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, which must try to find answers to some serious and pressing dilemmas. 

Dr Paul Lelliott, deputy chief inspector of hospitals (lead for mental health) at the Care Quality Commission, said: “We welcome the fact that his review will also consider the wider practice and service factors that might underpin some of our findings. This is quite likely to be a ‘once in a generation’ review … .” 

Human Rights and Mental Health Act Reform: Perspectives on the Wessely Review will be our closing plenary on day 1 at the 11th Annual New Savoy Conference Psychological Therapies in the NHS. Danielle Hamm, Chair, Mental Health Policy Group & Associate Director of Campaigns and Policy, Rethink Mental Illness, will chair a distinguished panel of speakers. Professor George Szmukler will make the case that the current Mental Health Act is discriminatory, and will explore the idea of “fusion legislation” as a fix. Dr Gareth Owen, who leads the Mental Health and Justice Project will respond. Professor Wayne Martin will then discuss the Impasse in Geneva over whether coercive psychiatry can ever be compliant with international human rights standards. Professor Genevra Richardson, who led the government’s previous review of the mental health act will respond. Together they will set the scene for our delegates to consider this most serious set of dilemmas: where now for the Wessely review and compulsory treatment? 

This plenary will be preceded by a workshop led by Professor Martin aimed at mental health practitioners who must deal with these dilemmas now: Practicable Support for Decision-Making: The Orphan Principle of the Mental Capacity Act. It will offer an opportunity for delegates to consider what we could and should be doing now in response to CQC’s report, as well as how we could reform our roles, responsibilities and practice for the future.

6.3.18 Paul Farmer, CEO, MIND
Hear Paul Farmer, CEO, MIND speaking ahead of the conference on workforce funding and ensuring therapists have the right level of skills and capacity to do their job

27.2.18 New data published by NHS Digital on the use of IAPT services in England. 
NHS Digital has published new data showing; “a record number of people made a recovery from mental ill health, due to NHS talking therapies last year. The annual report on NHS England’s Improving Access to Talking Therapies (IAPT) programme, shows that half of people completing a course of treatment for conditions including depression and anxiety, recovered from their condition.” View the Psychological Therapies: Annual report on the use of IAPT services England, further analyses on 2016-17

Commenting on the report Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s National Mental Health Director, said“The NHS is reversing years of under-investment in mental health, with £1.6 billion extra funding going into local services since 2013. Putting mental health on a level footing with physical care remains a priority for NHS England, and from April this year every part of the country will be required to increase the share of their budgets going towards mental health care. No one would claim that the transformation we all want to see will happen overnight, but with a rising number of people getting successful treatment for common conditions like depression and anxiety, it’s clear that we are making important progress.”

Claire Murdoch will be discussing funding and delivering workforce expansion in talking therapies at the New Savoy Conference Psychological Therapies in the NHS.

20.2.18 Interview with Andy Bell Deputy Chief Exec from the Centre for Mental Health.
Is cross-party consensus possible on how best to support people with mental health issues to be able to return to work?
In this interview with Andre Tomlin from The National Elf Service, Andy Bell Deputy Chief Exec at The Centre for Mental Health talks about developing services in primary and secondary care to improve support for the 1 million people currently out of work and experiencing difficulty with mental health.  On cross party consensus he said most of the political parties have signed up to the 5 year forward view and the way forward is now; “to look to the wider world….having the principle that mental health is an issue across government and all government departments and every major social policy alt to come with a mental health impact assessment.”
Hear the full interview at 

Psychological therapy services, staff wellbeing, and the current target culture: Results of the annual staff wellbeing survey conducted together with the British Psychological Society and in response to the Charter for Staff Wellbeing supported by NHS England, Health Education England and Public Health England and Wales, will be presented at the conference. We hope the survey will give an insight into the experience of mental health professionals in areas such as wellbeing, stress, depression, and the demands of the 'target culture'.

Learning outcomes
This conference will enable you to:

  • Understand the implication of the latest national developments, including the recommendations from the 2018 NICE guideline for Depression due to be published on March 21st 
  • Learn about the far-reaching implications of the Wessely Review into detention under the mental health act, compulsory treatment and human rights of people with mental health disorders
  • Debate with leading politicians and decision-makers about the future for young people in mental health and social care: Luciana Berger, MP, Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner and Sarah Brennan, CEO, Young Minds
  • Hear about implementation of the 5 Year Forward View for Mental Health from national mental health leaders
  • Engage with and influence our response as a discipline to the current crisis in the psychological therapies workforce: addressing issues of morale, capacity and funding
  • Find out about the aims and role of important new developments in psychological therapies: Psychological Professions Networks; the Collaborative Learning Network for Staff Wellbeing; the 3rd National Audit
  • Join in the ongoing consultation and concerns about methods used to develop NICE’s new Depression guideline and offer your ideas about how NICE can update its systematic review methodology
  • Listen to leading professional voices involved in workforce planning to understand why Health Education England are struggling to recruit and retain front line psychological therapists, and support the existing workforce
  • Debate with leading politicians and the BBC’s Mark Easton about the impact of austerity on mental health and the controversial role of psychological therapists in supporting people to return to work
  • Choose from workshops covering new sustainability and transformation partnerships; integrated commissioning models; digital and blended care pathways; improving staff wellbeing whilst meeting targets; and implementing the new NICE guideline for depression in primary care and secondary care

Confirmed speakers and keynote chairs include: 

Luciana Berger MP, President, Labour campaign for mental health 
Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner 
Mark Easton, BBC Home Affairs Correspondent 
Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive, Young Minds 
Sarah Hughes, Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health 
Paul Farmer, Chair, oversight group for the Five Year Forward View for mental health 
Dr Kate Lovett, Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists 
Dr Matthew Patrick, Chief Executive, SLAM 
Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive, NICE 
Dr Naomi Moller, Joint Head of Research, BACP 
Professor Paul Burstow, Professor of Mental Health Policy, University of Birmingham 
Professor Genevra Richardson, Professor of Law, Kings College London 
Professor George Szmuckler, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Society 
Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, Principal, Newham College, Cambridge 
Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 
Dr Felicitas Rost, President, Society for Psychotherapy Research UK Chapter 
Rt. Hon. Norman Lamb MP

Download: Conference brochure

5 March 2018


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