PANEL DEBATE — Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Time: 12:00pm GMT
Description: Are we facing a tsunami of mental illness or are we experiencing collective trauma.
Ewan Hilton is the Chief Executive of Platfform. He has worked in the charity sector in Wales since he moved to Cardiff when he was 19.
Ewan has always worked for organisations with a social purpose, he became aware of the gross lack of equality and social justice as a child and this has driven what he does now and how he has lived ever since.
When looking after his physical and emotional health, you’ll see Ewan exercising by getting around by bike and going for walks in the mountains, eating healthily, and spending lots of time with family and friends. Ewan lives in Cardiff and is a proud Splott resident.
Professor Ann John
Ann holds a personal chair in Public Health and Psychiatry and is based in Population Data Science. She is a clinical epidemiologist with a background in public health and general practice. Her research focuses on suicide and self-harm prevention and the risks, protective factors and life course outcomes of children and young adults’ mental health. She leads the MQ funded Adolescent Mental Health Data Platform and the Suicide Information Database-Cymru. She is a Principal Investigator of the National Centre for Mental Health and the Wolfson Centre for Young People’s Mental Health.
Ann leads a research programme with a focus on mental health data science. She is passionate about the translation of research into policy and practice. She is co-director of the Cochrane satellite for suicide and self-harm prevention and chairs the National Advisory Group on suicide and self-harm prevention to Welsh Government. Ann is a trustee of the Mental Health Foundation and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and Learned Society of Wales.
Ann has led and been involved in the development of several government and NHS-commissioned reports, policy documents and community resources.
Session 3 – Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Time: 2:00pm GMT
Title: Reforming the Mental Health Act
Description: Reforming the mental health act: what will this mean for people and services?
Detailed Description: A long-awaited overhaul of the Mental Health Act 1983 has been formalised by the Department of Health and Social Care in a white paper proposal. The reforms will potentially transform mental health care to a greater focus on prevention and individual patient needs.
The changes to the Mental Health Act will have particular importance to for the care of people with learning disabilities and/or autism, and for people from Black communities through the proposed tackling of racial disparities in mental health services and the piloting of culturally appropriate advocates.
In this seminar, we will be examining what the changes to the Mental Health Act will mean for mental health services across the country and especially what the changes will mean for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and for people from Black communities who encounter mental healthcare services. Additionally, the speakers at this event will also explore what more needs to be done to improve standards of care post-reform.
Alison is based in south east London and is the senior policy and campaigns manager of Mind, and currently leads their policy development of the Mental Health Act reform. Her educational background is in social policy and the information sciences. And she has previously worked at Mind in various information, policy, and campaigning roles.
Dr Adrian J B James FRCPsych
Adrian was elected President in 2020. He holds this role until 2023 and leads the RCPsych on behalf of its members and associates.
Adrian is Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Langdon Hospital in Dawlish, Devon. He is a former Medical Director of Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Founding Chair of the School of Psychiatry at the Peninsular Deanery (2006-2008).
He was the elected Chair of the South West Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2007-2011) and sat on the College Council in this capacity. In 2010 he was appointed Chair of the Westminster Parliamentary Liaison Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (attending the three main Party Conferences 2011-14 in this capacity).
He was Clinical Director for Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology, working for NHS England South West (2013-2015, interim from 2012-13). He has also acted as a Reviewer and Clinical Expert for the Healthcare Commission and its successor organisation the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
He has chaired expert review groups on Integrated Care Systems, Cannabis, Prevent and Learning from Deaths. In addition, he set up the Quality Improvement (QI) Committee and Workforce Wellbeing Committee at the College.
Dr Jane McCarthy
Dr Jane McCarthy is Associate Medical Director/Appraisal Lead & Medical Lead for Learning Disability Service with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She is Honorary Associate Professor in Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland, New Zealand and Visiting Senior Lecturer, King’s College London. She is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability Faculty of Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Dr McCarthy has over 25 years of experience as a Consultant Psychiatrist In Intellectual Disability working for the past decade in forensic services including medium and low secure inpatient services for people with intellectual disability and autism. More recently she has worked in community based forensic services both in New Zealand and England.
Dr. McCarthy’s key research interests include the needs of defendants and prisoners with intellectual disability and autism. She has edited six textbooks and is editor of the journal titled ‘Advances in Autism: International outcomes in education, health and care’.
Session 4 – Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Time: 3:30pm GMT
Title: Detention must provide a therapeutic benefit
Description: Detention must provide a therapeutic benefit to the individual and is about more than medication
Alex is a registered mental health nurse working as a charge nurse in Gellinudd Recovery Centre. He has experience of working in adult inpatient setting as well as community recovery and assessment teams both in South Wales and in Southwest England. Throughout his career he has held a special interest in the assessment and treatment of emotionally unstable personality disorder. Following his interest, he has undertaken qualifications in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and is passionate about its delivery and the principles that guide the therapists and its clients.
Alex has expressed hope that the guiding principles of DBT can be built upon to lead the way in producing a recovery service focused on skills and commitment to change, minimising the traditional restrictions that patients have faced in the past.
RGN, RMN, SCM, MSc in Nursing, MSc in Laws, Dip Counselling.
Helen Bennett retired from the NHS in October 2013 where she had been Divisional Nurse for Mental Health services for over 17 years. Helen has had a varied career spanning over 40 years in the NHS. The majority of this time was within mental health. Helen was instrumental in changing the law for service users back in 1989/90 ensuring that they no longer had to pay for legal representation when detained under the Mental Health Act (1983).
Helen was awarded the RCN Lifetime Achievement award in 2013 for her work in mental health.
Since retiring Helen has worked with a Mental Health Charity in Wales (Hafal) developing the first charity led hospital in Wales for mental health. She also works with South Wales Police taking forward work with the Crisis Care Concordat. Helen has also undertaken work for the Health Minister. She has worked closely with the RCN on Parity of Esteem and involved service users from across Wales. Helen is an Executive Board member for Gamian Europe, representing Hafal in Europe. Helen has been part of the development of the NICE guidance for Mental Health Rehabilitation, published in 2020. Throughout her career Helen’s focus has always been around improving quality of care for service users and carers.
Julia is an experienced mental health nurse who originally worked within NHS forensic mental health services. Julia joined the team at Hafal in 2017 and is passionate regarding co-production and following the least restrictive principle. Julia is registered under HIW as the Registered Manager of Gellinudd Recovery Centre.