Delivering the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027: Prevention, Early Intervention and Access to Services

In Scotland, people with long-term mental health illnesses are likely to die 15-20 years prematurely due to suffering physical health problems. 

The context

Mental illness is one of Scotland’s significant public health challenges.  Moreover, increasing the awareness of the link between mental and physical health was at the forefront of the Scottish Government’s new 10-year mental health strategy.

The ‘Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027’ emphasised that services across the sector not only need to act upon the current actions of the strategy, but also plan for future changes. Learning how to deliver the Scottish Government’s focus on prevention and early intervention, while also taking account of individuals social and physical wellbeing, will prove challenging for local authorities and third sector organisations.

At the heart of the strategy is the aim of improving access to services and supporting earlier intervention which will be realised by investing in the mental health workforce.

The event

Join us on the 31st of January for an up-to-date briefing on delivering the Mental Health Strategy. We will examine what more needs to be done to improve access to services and support prevention and early interventions in mental health services in Scotland.

Key issues to be addressed

  • Actions of the Mental Health Strategy for improving mental health services and treatment in the NHS 
  • Investing in the mental health workforce: steps towards increasing the number of professionals across services
  • Working in partnership and through integration to deliver improvements to mental health services and support
  • Improving the transition between CAMHS and adult mental health services
  • Tools for monitoring and measuring mental health services and support across quality indicators of person-centred, safe, effective, efficient, suitable and timely 
  • Understanding innovative services which place the individual at the centre of care
  • Building on good practice to improve services for the future



09:30   Registration and Refreshments

10:00   Opening Remarks from Chair

10:05   Session 1: Policy and Overview

10:05   Scottish Government’s ‘Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027’

  • Key actions from the ‘Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027’
  • Progress during year one of the strategy
  • Vision of the future of mental health policy in Scotland
  • A statistical overview of services and support

10:20   Current Trends in Mental Health

10.45   Improving the Transition between CAMHS services and adult mental health services

11:05   Question and Discussion

11:20   Refreshments and networking

11:40   Session 2:  Prevention and Early Intervention

This session will share learning and experience into effective prevention and early intervention strategies in the sector and the outcomes for people

12:20   Questions and Discussion

12:40   Lunch and Networking

13:20   Session 3: Access to Services

13:20   Workforce Planning: how services can meet the rising demand

13:40   Effective Support and Information

14:00   Parity of Esteem between Mental and Physical Health Services 

14:30   Questions and Discussion

14:50   Closing Remarks from Chair

15:00   Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


This briefing will be held in central Edinburgh. The venue will 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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