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News and Presentations from todays Improving Mental Health Services for Young Adults conference

Securing excellence in mental health services for young adults of the future
Dr Bernadka Dubicka Chair, Faculty of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry The Royal College of Psychiatry

An evidence based approach to the development and evaluation of youth mental health service (16-25)
Professor Swaran Singh Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry University of Warwick & Chair Transition from children’s to adult services Guideline Committee, NICE
After initially training as a surgeon in New Delhi Prof Singh became a psychiatrist in India and moved to UK in 1991. As lecturer & consultant at Nottingham, he conducted research on first-episode psychosis & ethnic influences in mental health. He spent 5 years at St George’s University of London as senior lecturer developing ETHOS early intervention service. In 2006, he joined Warwick University as Professor of Social & Community Psychiatry & consultant psychiatrist at Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust. He currently heads Mental Health & Wellbeing at Warwick University and is also a Commissioner for Equality & Human Rights Commission, UK. He has published extensively on culture & ethnicity in mental health, onset & outcomes of early psychosis, early intervention services, transition from child to adult care, mental health law & medical education.His eternal struggle is between being focussed and productive and wasting time on idle speculation and meaningless meandering. When he can, he enjoys literature, poetry, theatre, blues, jazz, cricket, gardening and fishing. One day he will write a book on the meaning of life and create the perfect sushi platter.

The Norfolk Youth Model; background to its development and where we are now
Dr Sarah Maxwell
Consultant CAMHS Psychiatrist Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Pre Event Abstract
Delivering an integrated age inclusive pathway and making sure young people don’t fall into gaps

  1. To describe some of the difficulties faced by young people in transition from CAMHS to adult services.
  2. To describe young people's pathway to mental health care.
  3. To discuss outcomes, challenges and opportunities provided by a youth service within an integrated 0 to 25 service model.

Young people face difficulties in accessing mental health care particularly at the point of transition between adolescent mental health services and adult services. This talk proposes that an integrated 0 to 25 year service model offers a viable alternative option.
Full PowerPoint Presentation

Models for delivering CAMHS in schools and linking with adult services
Dr Sally Hodges Director of Child, Young Adults and Families The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Sally Hodges CAMHS Director at the Tavistock and Portman NHS FT. Sally is a clinical psychologist by training, with expertise in working in special needs and Education.
Speaking at the conference today, Sally said:
A multi agency approach is required. 
It is critical to take a whole system approach:

  • Make decisions with the people using the service
  • Proactive preventions and promotion of well being
  • Having a common language
  • Outcome informed approach
  • Partnership working with all agencies
  • Reducing stigma
  • Accessibility

Full PowerPoint Presentation

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