Mental Health Network Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019

When: 14 / 3 / 2019 9am - 14 / 3 / 2019 4pm

When: 14 / 3 / 2019 9am - 14 / 3 / 2019 4pm
Where: The Kings Fund
Address: 11-13 Cavendish Square
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PLEASE NOTE - This event is now fully booked, if you would like to go on the waiting list, please email the events team at 

The event will bring over 100 senior leaders from the mental health sector together to focus on the future following a year of exciting policy developments.

Keynote speaker Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, RT Hon Matt Hancock MP. This year will see the unveiling of the NHS Long-Term Plan and findings of the independent review of the Mental Health Act.

The Network and our members, having played a driving role in influencing these pieces of work, will now come together to focus on the challenges and opportunities ahead for the mental health sector within this new context.

The programme
The mental health sector continues to deliver excellent services in increasingly innovative ways, which will be reflected this in this year’s programme as we include important topics such as implementing the NHS Long-Term Plan and improving the physical health of people with severe mental illness. 

Breakfast session

The future is personal – the power of digital technology to drive personalised mental health treatment and improve clinical outcomes

This breakfast session will explore the pioneering world of personalised mental health treatment.

We know that significant variation exists in clinical outcomes for different demographic groups in mental health services. Historically, the lack of data available has made it difficult to accurately analyse the relationship between demographics, causes, symptoms and outcomes.

The introduction of online CBT has opened up new possibilities for data analysis and the potential for CBT treatment that is tailored to treat the individual – not a one-size-fits all approach that fails to support recovery in around half of service-users.

During this session we will hear about the emerging findings from the analysis of outcome data and therapy transcripts from 100,000s of service-users, and how this data has the potential to drive personalised mental health treatment and improve clinical outcomes.

Attendees will hear keynotes from the incoming Chair of NHS England, Lord David Prior, Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell and Claire Murdoch, national mental health director at NHS England. The themes of digital innovation and equality, diversity and inclusion will be embedded throughout the day.

The programme features key figures whose influence and decision making determines the future of mental health services. Download a copy of our event programme to find out more about our breakout sessions and keynote addresses.


Organisation type
MHN members
NHS Confederation members
NHS non-members, not-for-profit, charities

*All rates are subject to VAT at the standard rate

Member only dinner

We will be hosting our member-only pre-conference dinner on the evening before the conference, Wednesday 13 March at Innholders Hall in central London. A strictly limited number of places are available at £75+VAT per head.

Book your sessions

MHN19 conference attendees will again have the choice of two informative break-out panel sessions during the afternoon. Please do sign up for your preferred session here.

We encourage all attendees to sign up as soon as possible, to ensure they are able to attend the session of their choice.

Independent Review of the Mental Health Act – what does it mean for mental health services?

The final report from the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act included over 150 recommendations to modernise the Act and improve the experience of service-users.

Many of the recommendations will have profound consequences for the delivery of mental health services. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a distinguished panel of speakers who will unpack what the review means for the sector, for service-users and their support networks.

The panel includes Prof Sir Simon Wessely, chair of the review; Raf Hamaizia, service-user and chair of the Asian and Minority Ethnicities Group; Dr Julie Hankin, Chair, Mental Health Medical Directors’ Forum and Viral Kantaria, NHS England and member of the Mental Health Act Review Working Group.

Integration on the ground – improving the physical health of people with severe mental illness

The mortality gap between people with severe mental illness and those without has grown in recent times. While many determinants of health are outside of the gift of mental health services, this growth in inequality is unacceptable and avoidable. We know that there is more we can do to support the physical health of patients with severe mental illness. This session will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear about good practice that already exists, the complex commissioning environment and learn about the real-life barriers that exist for service-users when trying to support and improve their physical health.

The panel includes Marsha McAdam Service, User Representative, Greater Manchester Adult Mental Health Board; Andy Bell Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health; Dr Phil Moore Chair, Mental Health Commissioners’ Network and Linda Nazarko, Nurse Consultant Physical Healthcare, West London Mental Health NHS Trust.

Sponsor opportunities

The conference and exhibition is the perfect place to showcase your products and services to the health and social care sector. There are a number of ways in which to get involved as a supporter. Please download the supporter brochure to find out more or contact our commercial team by phone 08440800 5989 or email


Event bookings
0844 800 5987

14 / 3 / 2019 9am - 14 / 3 / 2019 4pm
Where: The Kings Fund
11-13 Cavendish Square
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