Mental Health Network Annual Conference and Exhibition 2022

The Mental Health Network's Annual Conference and Exhibition is back in 2022
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17 March 2022 09:30 - 16:30 GMT
Open to all


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Supported by our event partner Home Group

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On Thursday 17 March, one of the most influential mental health conferences of the year goes online, featuring our sector’s most prominent speakers, covering mental health’s most pressing topics.

It's free

All Mental Health Network and NHS Confederation members receive a complimentary place to the conference.


09:30-9:40: Introduction and Welcome

Chair, Mental Health Network

  • Integrated Care Systems are touted as the answer to the health and care system’s prayers. Better integrated services have the potential to improve the coordination of care between physical and mental health, and drive prevention and early intervention in systems. How can we make sure that as ICSs become statutory, they work for mental health and the people that use services?

    In this session we will hear learnings from health systems that have been integrated for some time, discuss what successful integration means at neighbourhood, place and system level and what, in reality, it means for patients.

    Chair: Matthew Taylor, CEO, NHS Confederation


    Marsha McAdam, Expert-by-Experience and MHN Board Service-User representative

    Oscar Donnelly, Director of Mental Health and Disability Services, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland

    Hazel Taylor, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Director, Sunderland Washington PCN

    Millie Banerjee CBE, Chair, South West London ICS
  • Keynote address and Q&A with Claire Murdoch CBE, National Director for Mental Health, NHS England

11:10-11:20: Break

  • The impact of the pandemic on the mental health workforce cannot be understated, and pressures on mental health services continue to grow. As we move out of the pandemic, it is time to take stock on how Covid-19 has affected the workforce.

    This session will look at how we can learn from the pandemic and retain positive changes, during a time of huge upheaval for the system.

    Chair: Catherine Roche, Chief Executive, Place2Be

    Emma Wadey, Deputy Director Mental Health Nursing, NHS England 

    Dr Thiyagesh, Medical Director, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

    Anthony Horan, Community Mental Health Coordinator (Peer Support), The Cellar Trust 

    Mark Radford, Chief Nurse, Health Education England

  • How we support people with learning disabilities has increasingly become a priority for systems. The Mental Health Act reforms propose that people with learning disabilities and autism should not be admitted to hospital unless there is also an underlying mental health need, and a duty on local commissioners to increase appropriate community provision may be implemented. 

    This session will give an update from a national perspective, highlight what good means from a person with lived experience’s perspective, showcase good practice and discuss what the sector needs to do to meet the challenges.

    Chair: Tom Cahill, National Director for Learning Disability and Autism, NHS England


    Pat Charlesworth, Chair, Christine-Koulla Burke, Director, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

    Mel Shad, Director of Business and Development, Choice Support

    Ifti Majid, Chief Executive, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

    David Willmott, Director of Nursing, Cygnet Healthcare

13:20-14:00: Lunch

  • The pandemic has not impacted everyone the same. People from BAME background, who faced higher rates of health inequalities pre-pandemic were significantly more likely to die from the virus; they were more heavily impacted by the negative economic effects and were more likely to have experienced mental health problems during the pandemic.

    This session will look at what role can small VCSE organisations play; How we can implement evidence-based interventions that will reduce the inequalities in mental health that people from racialised communities face; and how existing commitments to improve this have fared.

    Chair: Victor Adebowale, Chair, NHS Confederation


    Raf Hamaizia, Expert-by-Experience Lead, Cygnet Healthcare

    Rosalyn Mloyi, Head of Multicultural Network, Cygnet

    Dr Habib Naqvi MBE, Director, Health & Race Observatory

    Rose Ssali, Chief Executive, Support & Action for Women’s Network

  • Mental health and learning disabilities/autism services are in the process of being transformed, but we know there is still a long way to go, as the level of unmet need remains high. The Long-Term Plan commitments will end in 2023/24 so it is vital that we have a clear view of what is needed next.

    This session will reflect on where the mental health sector is now and where we want it to be in 10 years’ time.


    Andy Bell, Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health

    Rachael Byrne, Executive Director, Home Group

    Dr Itai Matumbike, Executive Medical Director, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

  • Even before the pandemic, children and young people’s mental was a priority area for the NHS. The Long-Term Plan requires all ICS areas to have a comprehensive 0-25 support offer in place by 2023/24. Recent evaluations of progress in this area suggest the sector has a long way to go.

    This session will look at why it is so important to ensure that CYP can easily access mental health support and how some organisations have expanded their support offer to 0–25-year-olds.

    Chair: Sir Norman Lamb, Chair, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


    Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan, Associate National Clinical Director for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England

    Zaynab Sohawon, Expert by Experience, Forward Thinking Birmingham

    Paul Patterson PHD, Digital Engagement & Public Health LeadForward Thinking Birmingham

    Elaine Kirawn, Director of Nursing - Mental Health Services , Clinical Lead - West Midlands CAMHS Provider Collaborative, Forward Thinking Birmingham, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHSFT

    Dr Phil Moore, Chair, NHS Confederation’s ICS Mental Health Group

  • Gillian Keegan, Minister of State for Care and Mental Health, will set out her priorities for mental health

16:25-16:30 Chair’s summary and close

Chair, Mental Health Network