Psychological Therapies in the NHS
Wednesday 21 March 2018 — Thursday 22 March
Millenium Conference Centre, London
11th Annual Conference
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We are pleased to announce The New Savoy 11th Annual Psychological Therapies in the NHS Conference on 21st & 22nd March 2018 at the Millennium Conference Centre, London: A New Deal for Depression: Happy 70th Birthday NHS!
In the next few weeks the committee reviewing evidence for NICE will make its final recommendations for a new depression guideline. Ever since Lord Layard dubbed depression Britain’s biggest social problem, NICE has shaped what the NHS spends on mental health. It was NICE’s stepped care model that created: "the world’s most ambitious effort to treat depression … (which) offers virtually open-ended talking therapy free of charge at clinics throughout the country: in remote farming villages, industrial suburbs, isolated immigrant communities and high-end enclaves. The goal is to eventually create a system of primary care for mental health not just for England but for all of Britain." These are not my words. They are the glowing words of the New York Times, quoted to the Health Select Committee by both Simon Stevens and Jeremy Hunt. But that was last week. This week Stevens is saying if we don’t get more money there will be no expansion in mental health. Hunt is saying the Chancellor is not persuaded. So what will happen? Well, we now know the long-awaited workforce plan for mental health was not worth the wait. No sooner than it hit the shelves in August, Jeremy Hunt has announced a new workforce plan to be ready for your Christmas stockings ahead of the NHS’ 70th Birthday. What will be in it - presumably whatever NICE's new depression guideline has asked for? Lets see.
What would you give the NHS for its 70th Birthday present to improve mental health? Professor Sir Simon Wessely has been asked to review the use of compulsory treatment under the Mental Health Act. We will invite him to tell us about his interim findings. Claire Murdoch is working hard so CCG spending on mental health (up by 6.3% last year) continues to reach the front line. We will invite her to tell us if she is winning the battle. Paul Farmer has delivered his review into workplace mental health and is now meant to be holding government to account for implementing his Forward View for Mental Health. To answer to this, we will ask him to bring Simon Stevens, Jeremy Hunt, Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner and, in the absence of an Older People’s Commissioner, Paul Burstow. Now that we have NHS England, Health Education England, Public Health England and the Care Quality Commission all signed up to our Staff Wellbeing Charter, we will ask them to respond to this year’s survey results, and say whether the targets they have set us are realistic. And, as we all await finding out what is in NICE’s new guideline for depression, along with the New York Times, we will ask: was it the present we wanted?
Jeremy Clarke CBE, Chair, New Savoy Conference
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