Every Mind Matters: The Future of CAMHS

Date:     Thursday 12th March 2020

Time:     9:30am - 4:00pm

Venue:  Broadway House, Westminster

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The number of mental health disorders affecting children and young people has risen starkly in recent years. According to NHS England figures published in 2018, one in eight children aged between 5-19 has a diagnosable mental health condition, yet at the same time Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is the most critically overstretched area of the mental health system with four out of five service providers unable to meet local demand.

With over half of all lifetime cases of mental health disorders beginning in childhood, the Government is determined to address the growing crisis in mental health provision for children and young people. Building on the Five-Year Forward View for Mental Health published in 2016 and the 2017 Children and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper, the Government has pledged to provide access to NHS-funded mental health services for an additional 345,000 children and young people by 2023/24. At the heart of the new mental health framework is a drive to improve waiting times, enhance integration between schools, colleges and mental health services, provide better support for families and raise awareness of mental health issues.

In July 2019, the Education Secretary outlined the next steps in bringing together services for young people in need of mental health support, with the national roll out of a £9.3m training scheme to strengthen joined up care and support across schools, colleges and specialist NHS services. It is hoped that the provision of better mental health training in schools along with the introduction of compulsory health education lessons from 2020 will reinforce early intervention strategies to identify mental health issues before they become more acute.

This timely symposium offers an invaluable opportunity for schools, colleges, NHS and mental health practitioners to understand the changing national CAMHS policy framework and examine how the latest initiatives can bolster local partnership working and help to embed a more holistic approach to children and young people’s mental health provision. The symposium will explore how to promote better mental health and wellbeing for young people, enhance commissioning frameworks and boost support and access to services to ensure that every young person receives the care and support they need to fulfil their potential for a healthy and happy life.

Resource - YoungMinds: Guide to Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

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Registration and Morning Refreshments


Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks


Opening Address: Transforming Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing through Partnership

  • The National Context – Addressing the rising prevalence of mental health disorders in children and young people
  • Progress made since the Five-Year Forward View for Mental Health and the 2017 Green Paper
  • Reducing waiting times to access specialist mental health services – Examining the rollout of Four-Week Waiting Time Pilots
  • Enhancing partnerships with schools and colleges – Analysing the role of the new Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in driving improvements in child and adolescent mental health provision

  • 10:35am

    Question Time


    Morning Refreshments


    Morning Panel Session:

    Prevention and Early Intervention at the Heart of CAMHS

  • Implementing a ‘Whole-School Approach’ – Embedding support in schools to improve emotional wellbeing and resilience of pupils
  • Raising awareness – Upskilling staff and parents to be able to identify and intervene earlier
  • Providing Trauma Informed Support – Identifying and supporting children and young people with adverse childhood experiences
  • Ensuring culturally competent services and working with underrepresented groups – Looked after children, LGBTQ+, minority/BME, disabled children and young people, young carers and young people within the youth offending service
  • Exploring the impact of social media and cyberbullying on young people’s mental health

  • 12:15pm

    Discussion Groups


    Question Time: Morning Panel Debate


    Networking Lunch


    Afternoon Panel Session:

    Every Mind Matters – Improving Mental Health Provision for Children and Young People in Every Area

  • Enhancing Joined-Up Working between mental health providers, public health, the NHS, education providers, children’s services, the police, community organisations and young people and their families to drive improvements in CAMHS services
  • Designing and developing Local Transformation Plans (LTPs) in partnership to ensure services are effectively commissioned to meet local demand
  • Improving integration between schools, colleges, NHS staff and local services through the new Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs)
  • Ending the Cliff Edge – Improving the transition from CAMHS Services to Adult Services and providing a Comprehensive Offer from 0-25

  • 2:45pm

    Afternoon Refreshments


    Discussion Groups


    Question Time: Afternoon Panel Debate


    Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments


    Networking Reception


    Dr Bernadka Dubicka, Chair, Child and Adolescent Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPSYCH)


    Deirdre Kehoe, Director of Training and Services, YoungMinds

    NHS Liverpool CCG

    Lisa Nolan, Programme Manager for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group


    Catherine Roche, Chief Executive, Place2Be


    Will Gardner, Chief Executive, Childnet International


    Sarah Hulme, Lead for Children, Young People & Family Services, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


    Dr Nancy Sheppard, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and MOSAIC CAMHS Manager, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


    Oliver Glick, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition

    Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

    Dr Debbie Hunter, CAMHS Transformation Lead, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

    Time To ChangeRethink Mental Illness

    Jenny Taylor, Head of Children and Young People, Time To Change; Rethink Mental Illness


    Lorraine Khan, Senior Fellow, Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology Department, University College London; Director, Lorraine Khan Solutions

    • CAMHS Practitioners
    • Heads & Deputy Heads of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
    • Head Teachers & Deputy Head Teachers
    • Principals & Vice-Principals
    • School Governors
    • Chief Executives
    • Mental Health Leads
    • Heads of Child Safeguarding
    • Safeguarding Managers
    • Safeguarding Officers & Advisers
    • Local Safeguarding Children Boards
    • Drug & Alcohol Teams
    • Family & Parental Support Workers
    • Children & Family Services
    • Pupil Mental Health & Wellbeing Managers
    • Heads of Pupil Welfare & Support
    • Heads of School Counselling Service
    • PSHE / SRE Leads
    • Heads of Teaching & Learning
    • School Nurses
    • Early Intervention & Prevention Teams
    • Heads of Children’s Services
    • Children’s Services Managers
    • Heads of Children’s Health
    • Heads of Children’s Social Care Service
    • Commissioning & Partnership Managers
    • Clinical Leads
    • Mental Health Charities
    • Social Workers
    • General Practitioners
    • Mental Health Teams

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