Over the last two year's Govconnects series of Mental Health conferences have provided the platform for delivery partners across the system including NHS England, Health Education England, the Care Quality Commission, Public Health England, the Department of Health and NHS Digital to disclose their next steps on the Five Year Forward view for Mental Health.
Inclusive of other key partners, including Mind, the Centre for Mental Health and the Mental Health Foundation these events have allowed mental health professional bodies, providers, commissioners and users of mental health services to monitor progress set out in the implementation plan.
The independent Mental Health Taskforce published its Five Year Forward View in February 2016 which set out the current state of mental health service provision in England and made recommendations in all service areas.
NHS England accepted all the recommendations in the report for which it held responsibility and it was agreed with the Government that to support this transformation, mental health services will benefit from additional investment of £1bn per year by 2020/21.
In July 2016, NHS England published an Implementation Plan detailing how it will deliver the recommendations made by the Taskforce working with its partner arms-length bodies. The Plan presents the timeframes and funding for delivery of the programmes of work which will transform mental health services.
NHS England has established strong governance structures to oversee the work and to hold the health and care system to account for improving mental health services.
The Mental Health and Dementia Programme Board is chaired by Claire Murdoch, national implementation director for mental health, and includes director-level representatives from the primary care, specialised commissioning, finance and clinical teams within NHS England.
The work of the Board is underpinned by the Mental Health Five Year Forward View Advisory and Oversight Group: a panel of independent experts external to NHS England which is chaired by Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind and the chair of the mental health taskforce.
Govconnects 3rd annual Mental Health conference and 12 month engagement period will continue its contribution to increase significantly the availability and quality of care and treatment for people with mental health problems - to improve their outcomes and wellbeing but also to tackle the wider costs of mental ill health to the health service and society as a whole.
Mental Health 2019 - Achieving the Five Year Forward View will give attendees the opportunity to engage with key personnel from delivery partners and national stakeholder organisations promoting collaboration across sectors, working together at national and local level, discussing how they will be held to account for meeting the timeframes and for using the funding in the most effective way.