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To Thursday 12 February 2015
The eighth annual national Psychological Therapies in the NHS conference programme is now out.
Will we transform NHS psychological therapies by 2015? Will we have secured more funding? If you were to believe the politicians, yes, but those of us who work in services know it is not new investment that has made the difference. Certainly, the change brought about by IAPT, which I have dubbed the 2nd great revolution in mental health after the closing of the asylums has been driven by a new 8,000-strong evidence-based workforce. And as psychological therapists we know first-hand what difference we and our colleagues make to the lives of patients. But even IAPT's supporters (of whom I am one!) recognise it has stalled under the Coalition. The vision of a comprehensive, universal access therapies service, offering seamless care across the age range for all mental health conditions didn't happen. Offering a choice for those for whom CBT did not work fell at the first hurdle of Health Education England failing to build capacity in the other IAPT-approved therapy modalities.
What went wrong? What was the difference between a programme that set out to transform mental health and what we have now - the rhetoric of parity of esteem? The answer is leadership. Without transformative leadership in the system the NHS does - at best - what the NHS does: more of the same. And that will not deliver parity of esteem. Or the 2nd revolution!
The New Savoy events have always brought together our most outstanding leaders. This year is no exception. We have scheduled our event on the eve of the election campaign proper. An exciting Question Time session will be chaired by the BBC's Mark Easton, Norman Lamb (LIbDem) will be debating with Luciana Berger (Labour) and James Morris (Conservative). Who will be getting your vote on the Coalition's record on IAPT? Or on the credibility of their manifesto promises? Or on ensuring that further public spending cuts do not continue to fall heaviest on those with mental illness? At the end of the debate we will hold our own vote!
But if there is one thing different about this year's event - for you to take away and work with - it is a vision of system leadership that is needed if we are really to deliver change.
Which is why I am delighted that Matthew Taylor Chief Executive RSA will deliver our opening keynote on day 1 on The biggest deficit is Leadership with a call to a new generation of leaders in mental health - yes, YOU - to step up to the challenges of making the system work and why it is that we in psychological services are the kind of leaders needed. Day 1 closes with an equally important keynote from the person who is the system leader: Simon Stevens Chief Executive NHS England. His 5-Year Forward View is setting the terms of what will happen next and we have Professor Sir Simon Wesselly, Dr Clare Gerada & Dr Matthew Patrick with Paul Burstow MP to say how parity can become more than just rhetoric.
Gregor Henderson Director of Mental Wellbeing Public Health England will open day 2 which is devoted to the interface between welfare reform and new mental health models being tested out by local authority leaders, with newly devolved powers and funding. Dr Geraldine Strathdee National Clinical Director with Dr Richard Pemberton Chair BPS Clinical Psychology Division and Dr Andrew Reeves Chair British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy will talk about the workforce needed in the next 5 years at the close of day 2.
Finally, there are two announcements. First, in conjunction with the British Psychological Society we are conducting a survey of staff wellbeing in psychological therapies. This relates to recent concerns about targets and a bullying culture. Even if you are not able to join us please take part in the survey further details of which will be sent soon. For those of you who can join us I am delighted to announce a new FREE EVENT to showcase training and job opportunities in NHS psychological therapies on Friday February 13th. Places are limited so we are offering the first FREE places to those who book for the New Savoy conference. The day event will include presentations from leading researchers in evidence-based Psychodynamic, IPT, Behavioural Couples and Person-Centred Experiential therapies. 'Taster' sessions with the leading training providers will be offered. Advice on which training and job opportunities to develop your career and build on your existing skills will be given. If you are interested in this please indicate when you book your place at the conference.
Download the conference brochure.
Practical facilitated workshops will cover:
- IAPT early intervention services for psychosis
- Essential clinical leadership skills in IAPT 1
- Essential commissioning skills for PbR and Choice
- Essential PBE Skills to reduce waiting times but keep up quality
- Development of a charter for staff wellbeing in talking therapies 1: The Wellbeing Survey
- Essential knowledge for using the IAPT PEQ at assessment
- Essential knowledge for creating blended digital services models
- Essential intelligence data for IAPT2
- Innovation: commissioning new work and wellbeing services
- Innovation: testing individual placement and support in IAPT services
- Innovation: integrated pathways for IAPT and the Work Program
- Development of a charter for staff wellbeing in talking therapies 2: The Wellbeing Charter
- A new commissioning toolkit for providing choice
- Improving quality for Psychological Therapies: a new peer-led service accreditation scheme: the first wave
To find out more about The New Savoy Partnership and view content from previous years events visit www.newsavoypartnership.org.