Delivering the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027: One Year On

This event will look at the progress made since the publication of the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 one year on and examine the key challenges for the mental health workforce and future actions to improve your service.

Mental illness is a significant public health challenge

The Scottish Government’s strategy set out 40 actions to better integrate, refocus and deliver services. To achieves these ambitions, the Scottish Government announced a £35 million investment over the next five years with the hope this will aid transformative change. However, with some arguing that the strategy is too limited and not backed by sufficient resources, implementation of the actions will prove challenging for all service providers as we seek to better understand how services will be delivered, and by whom.  

Join Holyrood on April 24 as we examine the Mental Health Strategy one year on from publication and identify key challenges and opportunities for the future while also sharing examples of good practice that your organisation can learn from.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • How to invest effectively in the mental health workforce: steps towards increasing the number of professionals across services
  • Seek clarity on how your organisation can work in partnership to deliver improvements to mental health services and support
  • Understand the tools for monitoring and measuring mental health services and support across quality indicators of person-centred, safe, effective, efficient, suitable and timely 
  • Examine examples of good practice to improve your service for the future

Confirmed speakers

  • Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health, Scottish Government 

Who should attend?

This event will be of benefit to those working in the delivery of mental health services in Scotland, including mental health practitioners, NHS board staff, primary care practitioners, mental health nurses, third sector and independent organisations working within the sector.  


09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Opening Remarks from Chair

10:05    Session 1: Policy and Overview

  • An up-to-date briefing on key actions from the ‘Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 and progress during year one of the strategy
  • Understanding current demographics in Scotland and learning how to provide sufficient support for vulnerable groups
  • Looking ahead to the next five years, how can the increased funding support your organisation to improve service provision?

11:05    Question and Discussion

11:20   Refreshments and networking

11:40 Session 2:  Key Challenges and Opportunities Going Forward

  • Taking a human-rights approach to mental health services
  • Better support of carers
  • Medicating mental health: the key considerations
  • Measuring success in mental health services: can the quality indicator profile create more person-centred, safe, effective, efficient, equitable and timely care

12:20    Questions and Discussion

12:40    Lunch and Networking

13:20    Session 3: Transforming Service Delivery

  • Improving mental health facilities: modern, fit-for-purpose buildings that foster safe, effective and person-centred environments
  • Offering patients a choice in the type of treatment they receive and preventing an over-reliance on medication
  • Developing a parity of esteem between physical health and mental health services
  • Examining how we can work across sectors to deliver more person-centred care in the community
  • Exploring innovative solutions to connect mental health, disability and employment support

14:30    Questions and Discussion

15:20    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course. 


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635



24 April 2018



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