Author: Gita Bhutani, Chair of the PPN Executive Steering Group and Workforce Board
Date: 10th November 2016

The PPN 4th annual conference took place today. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be able to open the event. Our key note speaker was Jacqui Dyer – Vice Chair of the Mental Health Task Force amongst her many other roles and achievements – both personal and professional.

Jacqui shared with the conference the importance of bringing all our experience and expertise to supporting and helping people. The importance of how we and the people whom we are here to help exist in the world was highlighted. She also highlighted key aspects of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. Jacqui’s keynote was followed by three respondents who provided their perspective from personal and professional viewpoints including that of working with children, older people, survivors of abuse, physical health problems. The importance of including all sectors and areas of service at planning stages was also described. The passion, experience and expertise of all the speakers came across and supported a discussion that will no doubt continue and support future developments.

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