Parity of Esteem? Mental Health Under the New Government

Confirmed to Speak:

  • James Morris MP, Former Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health, Member of Parliament for Halesowen and Rowley Regis
  • Karen Morrell, Head of Integrated Care - Mental Health Service, Barnet Council
  • Andy Bell, Deputy CEO, Centre for Mental Health
  • Brian Dow, Director of External Affairs, Rethink Mental Illness
  • Lise Hertel, Mental Health Lead, Newham CCG
  • Sue Jugon, Operations Manager - Community Mental Health Adult Early Intervention NStep, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS FT
  • Susan Biddle, Healthy Communities Consultant (Event Chair)


One in four people in the UK suffer from a mental health problem each year, but only 13 percent of the NHS budget is spent on mental health services. Despite this disparity, mental health is consistently held as a core tenet of Theresa May’s NHS reform agenda: in January she called the lack of support for those with mental health issues a “burning injustice”.  As a result, the recent Queen’s speech outlined a host of commitments and consultations relating to mental health.

Attend this Westminster Briefing to gain an up to date brief on the new Government’s plans for mental health. We will examine priorities for reform, learn the potential outcomes for services across the country and assess the next steps for realising a parity of esteem between physical and mental health.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • The Government’s plans for delivering improvements for mental health and building on recent reforms
  • Examining the funding landscape under the new Government
  • Fostering a ‘Parity of Esteem’ between mental and physical health
  • The Mental Health Act 1983: considering the potential for further reform
  • Ensuring that all medical staff have a deeper understanding of mental health
  • Children and young people’s mental health: potential new proposals and improved services
  • Tackling mental health stigmas and discrimination
  • Learning from current good practice underway across the country
  • Increasing access to support and care to all those who need it
  • Enhancing integration between the NHS, social care and the third sector

The Event:

The morning session will provide an up to date brief on the new Government’s plans for mental health.

The afternoon session will examine good practice that is already underway across the country in improving the quality of life for people living with mental illness and increasing access to support and care. This session will be highly interactive and will provide you with practical examples that you can take back and apply in your setting.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from, but not limited to: mental health services; CCGs; clinical leads; GP practices; mental health leads; charities; nurses; commissioning managers; Health & Wellbeing Boards; adult care commissioners; counsellors; public health teams and anyone with an interest in mental health policy and practice.


For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

Thursday 19th October 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place:£295  | 2+ Places:£245 each
Public Sector  | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places:£195 each

Background Quote

“We will continue to rectify the injustice suffered by those with mental health problems, by ensuring that they get the care and support they deserve.” – Conservative Manifesto 2017

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