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A Practical Guide to Supporting & Improving Discharge from Mental Health Services

Wed, 10 Jul 2024

Virtual, Online

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In this conference we will have the opportunity to reflect on the latest developments and challenges in discharging people with lived experience of mental health issue from mental health services, with an extended session on the recent investigation and report from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman which can be read here.

This conference will explore the best practice in discharge planning, making it person-centred and reducing any adverse outcomes. We will hear from the lived experience of someone who was discharged from a mental health setting into homelessness, as well as the legal considerations for resolving complex hospital discharges.

“Too many readmissions occurred because vulnerable patients received inadequate help from community-based mental health teams after their discharge. That lack of support can be so significant that in some tragic cases patients kill themselves. Recent reports of the number of patients who, after discharge, experience ‘unexpected’ deaths are becoming a cause of concern. The highest risk of suicide can be within the first 48 hours following discharge, yet we still know patients who are left to go home alone to a flat or unsupported accommodation with nowhere to turn for help.”

Marjorie Wallace, Chief Executive, Sane, January 2024

“There were an estimated 193 deaths by suicide in the 3 months after discharge from mental health in-patient care in the UK in 2021, 12% of all patient suicides… The highest risk was in the first 1-2 weeks after discharge, with the highest number of deaths overall occurring on day 3 post-discharge (taking day 1 as the day of discharge). ”

National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health 8th February 2024

“Someone being discharged from a mental health service, potentially into unsafe housing, financial insecurity or distanced from family and friends, is likely to face the prospect with anxiety and a sense of dread rather than positivity. Mistakes or oversights during this process can have devastating consequences.”

Lucy Schonegevel, Director of Policy and Practice, Rethink Mental Illness, February 2024

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve discharge in mental health practice 

  • Reflect on national developments and learn from Discharge from mental health care: making it safe and patient-centred PHSO report

  • Learn from outstanding examples of changing culture and improve discharge practice

  • Explore the best practice discharging children and young people in mental health services

  • Ensure the Discharge to Assess model is being implemented and optimised

  • Understand the issues related to housing and hear from a lived experience of someone discharged into homelessness 

  • Improve the identification and discharge assessment of people needing complex discharge support early

  • Reduce the adverse outcomes associated with discharge from acute mental health services

  • Understanding the legal framework for managing complex and delayed discharges (depending on capacity status of patient)

  • Explore established case study practice focusing on discharge from mental health services 

  • Learn from trusts that have improved discharge practice 

  • Understand the role of the housing support coordinator in patient discharge

  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Speakers include:

Natasha Tyler

Research Fellow
The University of Manchester

Callum Boyd

Policy & Public Affairs Manager
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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