Mental Health Network Annual Conference and Exhibition 2020

When: 05 / 3 / 2020 9am - 05 / 3 / 2020 4.30pm

When: 05 / 3 / 2020 9am - 05 / 3 / 2020 4.30pm
Where: The Kings Fund
Address: 11-13 Cavendish Square
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The 2020 Mental Health Network Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held at the King’s Fund, London on Thursday 5 March 2020.

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

Please note that this event is now sold out you can email if you would like to be added to our event waiting list.


This year's conference is kindly sponsored by LivaNova.

Keynote speaker Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England. This year, the NHS Long Term Plan’s ambition to increase access and improve the quality of services will begin to be implemented, a challenge made all the more complex by an ever-shifting provider and commissioner landscape.

The mounting workforce difficulties in mental health will take time and innovation to tackle, with supported housing and digital technology offering part of the solution. The Network’s members will once again come together to focus on the challenges and opportunities the mental health sector faces within the changing context.

The programme

Our 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 unlocking the full potential of Provider Collaboratives, revolutionising services for those with learning disabilities, and maintaining the wellbeing of our workforce. View the full programme here.

Breakfast session 8.45-9.45am – supported by Home Group

This year’s breakfast session, hosted by Home Group, will focus on approaches to reducing out of area placements.


Attendees will hear keynotes from Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive, NHS England and Sir Norman Lamb, former health and care minister and chair of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The themes of innovation and equality, diversity and inclusion will be embedded throughout the day.

The programme will feature the 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, NFP, 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 4 March at Innholders Hall in central London. A strictly limited number of places are available at £75+ VAT per head.

This year's dinner is kindly supported by Mills and Reeve.


For those looking to book a hotel, please see this list of convenient places to stay.

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.

Capital Funding - Masterclass

While we have a five-year settlement for NHS revenue, we don’t currently have one for much- needed capital. Mental health organisations failed to receive a fair share of the settlements, especially considering the mental health estates are some of the worst across the health system, as Professor Sir Simon Wessely noted in his review of the Mental Health Act.

Attendees to this workshop will hear how to build a successful capital bid, what organisations can do to overcome institutional barriers and how high-quality estates impact patient outcomes.

Speakers include:
Ifti Majid Chief Executive, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Phillipa Davies Deputy Director, Heath and Care, HM Treasury
Neil Thwaite Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Ken Taylor, Expert by Experience and MHN service-user board member

Mental health services of the future – how will digital help you overcome the challenges in your organisation

The use of digital technology to improve health outcomes is transforming the face of the NHS. Digital technology presents us with new ways of delivering services more efficiently and effectively, as well as enabling us to continue the journey of changing the culture of our services. We also know digital solutions will only help us transform care when they are truly integrated into the full care pathway, and ease – rather than increase - the burdens faced by staff and patients when delivering or accessing care.

This interactive workshop will explore the priorities, challenges and possibilities of delivering high quality mental health services in a digital world.

Speakers include:
Vanessa Ford, Chief Executive, South West London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
Rich Andrews, Chief Executive, Healios and Chair, MHN Digital Mental Health Forum
Dr Ayesha Rahim, Perinatal Psychiatrist, Deputy MD & Chief CIO, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
James Freed, Chief Information Officer, Health Education England


Event bookings
0844 800 5987

05 / 3 / 2020 9am - 05 / 3 / 2020 4.30pm
Where: The Kings Fund
11-13 Cavendish Square
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