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Integrating Mental Health and Criminal Justice

When: March 26, 2015

Where: Central London


The figures relating to the proportion of prisoners in the UK’s prisons with a form of mental illness are well-known to all practitioners working in the area. It is a recognised problem and it has a huge impact on the provision of services for these individuals prior to judicial proceedings, during their period of incarceration, and perhaps, even more critically, after their release.

However, despite very significant amounts of work carried out by organisations from across the spectrum who are involved in providing support of one form or another, the challenge of actually managing to holistically integrate mental health support into the criminal justice system from end-to-end remains.

This Briefing will look at some of the issues of joining-up policy, infrastructure, funding, and the different agencies involved from a variety of perspectives, including those of practitioners. It will also provide the opportunity to showcase some instances of excellence in the field, which should be of practical use and interest to colleagues from across the whole range of support service provision.

The new balance of powers review between the UK and the EU, the politics of national sentencing trends, and the Home Affairs Select Committee’s 2014 inquiry into Policing and Mental Health will also be examined.

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The NHS Five Year Plan: Policy in Practice

When: March 26, 2015 @ 8:30 am  - 5:00 pm

Where: Manchester Conference Centre


The NHS Five Year Plan: Policy in Practice conference will explore the details of The Five Year Forward View (5YFV), a blueprint created by the NHS for future NHS renewal. Delegates will hear how these visionary proposals, produced by a coalition of interested parties, can support quality services and sustain the NHS during the coming years. The conference programme has been specifically tailored to examine how the theoretical will be implemented in practice and to provide a full understanding of future models of working and the benefits they are designed to deliver.

Although the NHS has improved significantly over the last 15 years, it seems it is never far from a newspaper headline or broadcast news bulletin. The word ‘crisis’ and ‘NHS’ too often appear in the same sentence. Modern day demands have radically heightened since the inception of the health service in 1948. Changing demographics, particularly an ageing population, an epidemic of long term conditions and an upsurge in lifestyle risk conditions, compounded by greater public expectations, has put the NHS under almost intolerable pressure. Funding constraints has only proved to exacerbate the situation. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be a £30bn shortfall in the NHS budget which will have severe consequences for services and patients.

The 5YFV represents the collective thoughts of key leadership organisations and sets out ‘a roadmap for healthcare’ for the next five years.

Join us at The NHS Five Year Plan: Policy in Practice conference, where we will hear a synopsis of why the NHS needs to change and the key elements within the 5YFV that aim to deliver transformation and sustainability. A line up of expert speakers will explain the theory whilst examples of the new models of working will describe how the theory applies in practice. There will be ample opportunity to discuss, debate and question the way forward. Delegates will benefit from networking and knowledge sharing with fellow professionals to develop strategies which can be applied in developing and enhancing care models that will sustain the NHS into the future.

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New Beginnings in Mental Health & Social Care…… A One Day National Conference

When: Friday 27th March 2015

Where: Rheged Discovery Centre, Penrith CA11 0DQ


Are you an Approved Mental Health Professional, Best Interest Assessor, Consultant Psychiatrist, Social Worker, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, GP, Psychologist, Manager or other Professional/Practitioner working in a Local Government setting, Health Care setting, Housing, Criminal Justice System or the independent sector including;

• Adult Social Care Teams
• Mental Health Teams
• Safeguarding Adult Teams and Boards
• Commissioning Teams
• Nursing & Clinical Teams
• Clinical Commissioning Groups
• Supported Living & Housing Teams
• Private and Voluntary Care Providers
• Mental Health charitable organisations
• North West Ambulance Service

About the event

This conference, delivered by Cumbria County Council and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is being promoted nationally.

The conference will include representation from the following;

 Department of Health
 The Law Commission
 39 Essex Street Chambers
 Chronic Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre York University
 CLIC (Cumbria Learning & Improvement Collaborative)

The conference will provide an opportunity for delegates to consider in a multi-disciplinary environment the impact of developments in legislation on health and social care policy and practice.

Additional information: Places will be provided free of charge for staff and professionals employed by Cumbria County Council and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. 

There will be a nominal charge for other staff and professionals working in other organisations and outside of Cumbria to cover the cost of refreshments and administration.

Enquiries to Simone Eagling – Mental Health Act Governance Officer


Assessing the Impact of Welfare Reforms, on Society's Most Vulnerable

When: April 1st, 2015

Where: Central London


In 1945 when Labour adopted Sir William Beveridge’s proposals and created the Welfare State it was designed to ensure that there was a safety net for everyone in society. However after 69 years political parties on all sides acknowledge that the system needs reforming.

The coalition government over the course of this parliament, through the Welfare Reform Act 2012 have radically reformed the social security system. This piece of legislation paved the way for the introduction of Universal Credit and replacing Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payment. A cap was established on housing benefit and an under-occupancy penalty which reduces housing benefit by 14% for unoccupied room and by 25% for two or more un-occupied rooms. Reforms were necessary to reduce the expenditure of a budget of over £159bn.

The Universal Credit Programme is running behind, currently due for full roll out to be completed in 2017.

But how have the current welfare reforms already been impacting the lives of some of societies more vulnerable - the elderly, children and families, the disabled and those in poverty?

Is it time for a rethink current approaches and policy?

Are there serious issues with how the system is supporting those who need it most, those it was intended most to support?

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Dementia: Quality of Care 2015

When: April 21, 2015 @ 8:30 am  - 4:30 pm

Where: Manchester Conference Centre


In February 2014, Open Forum Events held our first Dementia: Quality of Care conference. Attracting over 150 delegates from across health, social care, and the wider public, private and third sectors, as well as people living with dementia, their carers and families, this innovative and inspirational event focused on key stages in the dementia pathway using best practice case studies and personal stories to shine a light on the way forward for dementia care and support. Proper integration across services, truly personalised care, real engagement and empathy were major themes of the day.

So where are we a year on? The news is still full of stories about low diagnosis rates, a lack of funding for quality care, and so on. Policy papers are full of talk of patient engagement and involvement, and integration of health and social care. But is this actually making a difference to the people at the centre of things? AtDementia: Quality of Care 2015, we will examine the current state of affairs and establish how things need to change.

This event has been designed to bring sectors and systems together to look at the bigger picture of dementia care and support, focused on the whole person perspective and the whole community perspective. People with dementia, their carers and families will be actively involved in every session, as well as professionals offering practical examples of excellent work being done and how it might be adapted and adopted by others. The conference will provide a rare chance to engage with and learn from each other. Delegates will have the opportunity to listen, digest, debate and then reflect on information that will make a difference to their professional or personal lives.

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Effectively Responding to the Issues Faced by Asylum Seekers & Refugees

When: April 29, 2015

Where: Central London


This event will help you to better understand how you can respond effectively to the needs of asylum seekers and support them with up to date advice and a sensitive approach. You will have the opportunity to network with your peers to discuss and debate how organisations can collaborate to create more effective services.

You will hear from experts in the field on best practice and the latest policies, strategies and initiatives from government, NGOs and stakeholder organisations, helping you to support some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Key topics will include:

Recognising Trauma and PTSD in Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Children Separated from their Families - Sensitive Placement

Understanding the Situation of Refugees from Syria, Iraq & the Middle East

Understanding the Situation of Refugees from Africa

Ensuring a Fair Hearing- Legal Assistance for those Seeking Refuge in the UK

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Breaking the Cycle: 
Responding to the Needs of Women and Girls in the Penal System

When: Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Where: Central London


In March 2013, the Ministry of Justice published 'Strategic Objectives for Female Offenders' setting out the Government’s intentions to ensure that there are robust and effective sentencing options in the community that address the specific needs of female offenders. 

Subsequently, the Government’s response (October 2013) to the Justice Select Committee report ‘Women Offenders: After the Corston Report’ (July 2013) set out the challenges and how the Government will improve their approach. 

Last year, with Section 10 of the Offender Rehabilitation Act reinforcing that women’s needs must be identified and addressed in arrangements for the supervision and rehabilitation of offenders this timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity to: 

  • Explore the progress made by the Government’s reforms and strategic objectives in recognising and addressing the needs of women and girls in the penal system
  • Assess what more needs to be done to improve outcomes for female offenders and their families and dependents
  • Examine the role of magistrates, police and welfare services in ensuring that the needs of vulnerable women and girls are distinguished from the risk of offending
  • Discuss the future of local partnership working and community based solutions in preventing reoffending and share best practice

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Curriculum reform in Wales: content, assessment, and the challenges for implementation

When: Thursday 30 April 2015

Where: Central Cardiff


Bringing together key policymakers with stakeholders, delegates at this seminar will assess the outcomes of the Independent Review of the National Curriculum, Developing a Curriculum for Wales, due to be published in early 2015. 

Timed as the Welsh Government prepare their response to the proposals, delegates will consider the Review's findings, the proposed new subject content and assessment systems, and the key implementation challenges these present. 

Sessions will include discussion on whether the new curriculum will adequately prepare young people for further education and work, lessons learnt from curriculums in other nations and the role that external organisations such as sports bodies, businesses and cultural organisations can play in helping schools deliver the programmes of study. Delegates will also examine how the Review brings together and builds upon findings other recent Welsh Government-commissioned reports on improving ICT, physical literacy, arts, history - particularly Welsh history - and Welsh language teaching, as well as how the new curriculum would link with wider reforms such as the Foundation Phase, new Literacy and Numeracy Frameworks and changes to the qualifications system.

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Stronger Code: Better Care Implementing the Changes to the Mental Health Act Code of Practice

When: Tuesday 12 May 2015

Where: Hallam Conference Centre, London


“This review of the Code of Practice for the Mental Health Act reflects my personal commitment to ensuring this improvement and protection applies to all” Norman Lamb Minister for Care and Support

This conference focuses on implementing the changes to the Mental Health Act Code of Practice following the consultation which ran from July to September 2014. A new Code, reference guide and interactive, ‘easy read’ online version will come into force on 1 April 2015. The Code informs health practitioners’ decisions, protects patients’ rights and ensures that the Mental Health Act is followed. The Code tells families, carers and people who are detained, treated or released under the Act about care and support available during a crisis. It also covers what to do if it isn’t received. The draft Code includes new chapters on the Care Programme Approach, equality, human rights and parity of esteem, mental capacity and deprivation of liberty and victims. 

“In 2012-13, there were more than 45,000 detentions in hospital in England under the Mental Health Act 1983 (‘the Act’). The Act affects the lives and liberty of many people, impacting upon them, their families and community. Significant numbers of health and care professionals, police officers and many others are involved in supporting people subject to the Act. The Code underpins the Act. The Code routinely informs the practice of healthcare and social care professionals, safeguarding patients’ rights and ensuring compliance with the law. The Code is used by patients who are detained or otherwise subject to the Act, and their families, carers and advocates. It is there to help make sure that anyone experiencing mental ill health and being treated under the Act gets the right care, treatment and support. To be effective it must be up to date….My ambition is to have a revised Code which presents information in a straightforward and accessible way for patients, families, carers and professionals.” Norman Lamb Minister for Care and Support 

"The Code is the key document which professionals use to ensure patients’ rights are protected and that their practice is consistent with the law. If their practice is challenged, the guidance given in the Code will be relevant in determining the challenge. It is useful to other professionals, such as the police and ambulance staff, who need to ensure its safeguards are being applied appropriately." The Draft MHA Code of Practice, July 2014

The conference will reflect the five new guiding principles as set out in the draft Code focusing on an individual patient’s recovery, better reflect the current and future health and care system, and which clarify the roles of all professionals in ensuring high quality and safe care for individuals subject to the Act. 

Additional information: Follow the conference on Twitter #MHAcode

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Reforming primary care services in Wales - workforce, funding, improving quality and access to care

When: Thursday 14 May 2015

Where: Central London


This seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the future for primary care services in Wales. 

It follows the Welsh Government's and NHS Wales four year plan for improving and reforming primary care service for Wales - released in November 2014. Delegates will assess the challenges for delivering the plan’s aim of a primary care service based on 'prudent' healthcare principles, including a greater proportion of services being delivered in the community or in the home.

Further planned areas to be discussed will include the future of the GP and allied health professionals workforce, funding for primary care services, access to services and how to address rising demand. 

This seminar will bring together key policymakers - including Welsh Government officials, Assembly Members and regulators in Wales - with stakeholders including GP and allied health professional representatives, Local Health Boards, emergency services, community health councils and other patient groups, pharmacies, academics and other interested parties. 

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Improving Physical Health for People with Mental Health Conditions

When: Wednesday 20 May 2015

Where: Colmore Gate Conference Centre, Birmingham


This conference takes a practical case study based approach to delivering parity of esteem through learning from organisations that have succeeded in addressing the challenge of improving the physical health of people with mental health conditions.

“There is compelling evidence that people with a mental illness or a learning disability die earlier than the general population. This says something, of course, not only about the services available to support these problems, but also how we, as a society, treat people with a mental illness or a learning disability. This must change. This is an issue that goes to the heart of parity – the Government’s drive to ensure equal priority for mental and physical health in services, testing our ambition to reduce premature avoidable mortality for all people in society.” Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care and Support, Recognising the importance of physical health in mental health and intellectual disability BMA May 2014

“For too long there has been an acceptance in society, and even in the medical profession, that people with mental health problems and intellectual disability will live shorter lives and will suffer because of unmet health needs. In the vast majority of cases, there is no good reason for this. But the voice of these vulnerable groups often goes unheard, and the status quo remains unchallenged.” Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins, Chair of BMA Board of Science, Recognising the importance of physical health in mental health and intellectual disability May 2014

“It is now well-established that people with mental health problems are at an increased risk of adverse physical health outcomes Recognising the importance of physical health in mental health and intellectual disability”BMA May 2014

“Of the 300,000 patients with serious mental health (SMI) conditions in England, such as bi-polar, psychosis and schizophrenia, many are dying of the same conditions as the general population, but up to 15 years earlier; they have the life expectancy of people living in the 1950s.” NHS England May 2014

NHS England have recently introduced a national financial incentive for mental health trusts to deliver lifestyle MOTs carrying out the checks, including smoking status, diet, weight, blood pressure, glucose and fats or lipids, and ensuring identified illnesses are treated.

Dr Geraldine Strathdee, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Mental Health, said: “We are committed to making sure that mental health is treated the same way as physical health and NHS England is working hard to close the gap between the two with great support from partners and the field.The national financial incentive we have introduced this year for trusts is the world’s largest ever initiative in improving physical health in people with severe mental ill health conditions and will be a clinical quality game changer. It’s England’s first significant landmark in this area… The move is just one of a number by NHS England to make sure the physical health of people with serious mental illness is treated in the same way as for the rest of the population and also taken as seriously as mental health in the inpatient setting.” May 2014 NHS England 

Additional information: Follow the conference on Twitter  #physicalmental

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The future of Welsh tourism policy

When: Thursday 4 June 2015

Where: Central Cardiff


Delegates at this seminar will discuss the future of tourism and the tourism industry in Wales.

In the context of the Welsh Government's tourism strategy, Partnership for Growth and the Enterprise and Business Committee's Inquiry into Tourism, those attending will assess the management of existing tourism structures and potential for improvement. They will also review the impact of major events on tourism in Wales, and the way forward for the promotion of Wales as a tourist destination through a coherent Welsh brand. Further sessions look at the challenges and opportunities for tourism in Wales, priorities for investment - including travel infrastructure into and around Wales - as well as ways to stimulate and promote the tourism industry, and the representation of Welsh tourism at a UK and international level.

We expect this seminar will bring key policymakers together with stakeholders in the tourism sector including industry bodies and businesses associated with tourism, events, transport and infrastructure; consumer and visitor groups; local authorities and cultural and heritage institutions; and other interested parties.

We are delighted that  Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Welsh Government and William Graham AM, Chair, Enterprise and Business Committee, National Assembly for Wales and Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise and Skills, Welsh Conservatives have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

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Moving towards zero waste - policy practicalities and developing the circular economy

When: Tuesday 9 June 2015

Where: Central Cardiff


Delegates at this timely seminar will consider the next steps for waste minimisation and the potential benefits and challenges of moving towards a circular economy in Wales. 

It is scheduled as the National Assembly debates the Environmental (Wales) Bill, which contains reforms to waste regulations and restrictions. The seminar also follows the WRAP-commissioned report that argued that a circular economy could result in cost savings up to £2 billion per year, and will be a timely opportunity to discuss the findings of the Assembly's Environment and Sustainability Committee inquiry into recycling, to be released in early 2015. 

Delegates will discuss next steps taken to ensure Wales meets the Welsh Government target of becoming a 'zero waste economy' by 2020, including the reforms outlined in the Environmental Bill. They will also consider the areas that need to be addressed to deliver improved resource efficiency and a circular economy including: design and manufacturing for repurpose, advancement of technology, investment in recycling and treatment facilities and services - as well as the need for cooperation and change of perceptions across businesses, local authorities and the general public. Sessions will also consider the impact of EU policy on Wales, following the introduction of the European Commission's 'circular economy programme' and other initiatives.

We expect delegates to include Welsh Government officials and regulators in Wales, local authorities, trade unions, environmental and health organisations, energy businesses, academics, charities and other interested parties.

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