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.

View the programme here

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.

Book your place

To secure your place at this event please complete the online form.


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

The government has acknowledged the NHS’s serious need for capital, but mental health organisations have failed to receive their fair-share especially considering the mental health estates are some of the worst across the system.

This workshop will explore what organisations can do to overcome institutional barriers and better increase their chances of receiving capital funding.

Speakers include; Phillipa Davies, Deputy Director, Heath and Care, HM Treasury, Neil Thwaite, Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT and Ken Taylor, Service User Representative, MHN Board.

Digital Day-to-Day – practical examples of how technology has improved patient care

The Digital Mental Health Forum is a newly established, dedicated forum for MHN members who are interested in the exciting potential of digital mental health services.

The forum provides a platform for any organisation working on digital service provisions, or interested in this growing field, to engage in discussion, network with peers and share their experience and good practice.

This session will be developed in partnership with the Digital Mental Health Forum.

Speakers include; Rich Andrews, Chief Executive, Healios & Chair of Digital Mental Health Forum and Vanessa Ford, Chief Executive, South West London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.


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0844 800 5987

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