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Driving change in the delivery of mental health services



Public, Staff, Students, Academics

Speaker: Paul Farmer, CBE, Chief Executive, Mind

In February 2016, NHS England’s taskforce on mental health – independently chaired by Mind’s Chief Executive Paul Farmer – launched its report, setting out a detailed five-year plan for NHS mental health services, as well as other bodies and services involved in the support of people with mental health problems. Over 20,000 people who live with a mental health problem or work in the mental health sector told the taskforce they want timely access to good quality mental health services, their mental and physical health needs to be treated equally and a bigger focus is placed on preventing mental health problems. They also said that a decent place to live, a job and good quality relationships in their local communities were crucial to their ability to stay well.

The key recommendations are:

  • By 2020/21, one million extra people will be provided with support for their mental health problem.
  • People facing a crisis should have access to mental health care 24/7 – right care, right place, and right time.
  • People’s mental and physical health should be treated equally – including people with severe mental health problems, women in the perinatal period, children and young people.
  • All areas of society, such as schools, workplaces and community organisations need to contribute to the promotion of good mental health and prevention of mental health problems – in all areas of people’s lives.
  • Too many people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities have problems accessing good quality mental health care and have lost faith in services. The taskforce demands urgent action to ensure that everyone gets the help they need, irrespective of their background or the communities they belong to.

In this talk, Paul Farmer will outline the key recommendations of the Mental Health Taskforce and their implications for the NHS and wider Government, and will set out his vision for the ‘mainstreaming’ of mental health.

Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006. Paul is Chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), the leading voice of the UK’s charity and social enterprise sector. He is also a trustee at Lloyds Bank Foundation which invests in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives. Paul is Chair of the NHS England Mental Health Taskforce - bringing together health and care leaders and experts in the field, including people using services, to lead a programme of work to create a mental health Five Year Forward View for the NHS in England. Paul has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East London, is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College Oxford, and was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2016.

Location: Room A107, College Building, St John Street, EC1V 4PB

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1.00pm - 2.15pmThursday 10th March 2016

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK