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Mental Health Task Force report to set out clear ambitions for Psychological Therapies to achieve by 2020

The NHS is seen as a world class service in respect of the way we have transformed evidence-based talking therapies since 2007. We are about to see the launch of the Mental Health Task Force report, led by Paul Farmer CBE and Jacqui Dyer. This will set out an expanded scope and clear ambitions for what NHS psychological therapy services are expected to achieve by 2020. Paul and Jacqui will open the 2-day National Annual New Savoy Conference ‘Psychological Therapies 2016’  to set this out in detail with Karen Turner, National Director for Mental Health and Dr. Matthew Patrick, Chief Executive, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

The delegates to the annual conference represent the people who must translate these ambitions into reality and the conference, which will be held on the 3rd & 4th February 2016 at the Millennium Conference Centre, exists to offer a meaningful dialogue with national leaders, including with the Government Minister with direct responsibility for mental health, Rt. Hon. Alistair Burt MP, as well as the Opposition spokesperson, Luciana Berger MP, in a Question Time session chaired by Mark Easton from the BBC. Likewise, on day 2, delegates will have an opportunity to continue robust conversation with the Government Minister with responsibility for welfare reform, Lord Freud who will be joined for the Any Questions session by Theresa Grant, Chief Executive Trafford Council from Greater Manchester Combined Authorities to discuss how a joined-up approach to mental health is vital if we are to deliver all this and also make welfare savings. Also invited is a senior spokesperson from the Opposition.

At the Evening Reception sponsored by Ingeus we are launching a Staff Wellbeing Charter to ensure the people who are on the frontline trying to deliver all this are being properly supported in their work – which the results of our staff survey show otherwise. Some alarming findings will be presented from the 2015 staff wellbeing survey on day 1.

Getting the balance right between access targets and high quality evidence based therapy will be a key theme this year as we are sure to see the targets side of the equation ratcheted up – but will this be matched by resource for additional staff capacity; flexible and sustainable ways of working; and opportunity to access skills training and expert supervision? 

Confirming the latest speakers New Savoy Conference Chair said; “The barometer of staff wellbeing will be one of the key indicators for whether the Government’s aim to ratchet up the next phase of investment in psychological therapies is sustainable as well as effective. Above all, we need clinical leaders to step forward now and take ownership of this important agenda for continuing the delivery of high quality evidence based therapy. I look forward to welcoming you to the conference.”


Further information about the New Savoy Partnership and the annual conference is available at 

Notes to editors

The full programme and booking details is available at 

A limited number of FUNDED FREE PLACES are currently available on a first come first served basis for IAPT Managers/Clinical Leads or Commissioners when booked at the same time as a full paying colleague – bookings need to be emailed to quoting hcuk241iapt detailing the name and details of the paying delegate and the name and details of their IAPT colleague, commissioner/senior manager.

8 January 2016


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