Policy conference: improving mental health in Wales - prevention, access, funding decisions & service quality - inc. the role of charities - keynotes: Public Health Wales & RCP Wales - Policy Forum for Wales, Morning, Wednesday, 29th January 2020

As we expect discussion on the role of charities, with delegates addressing key challenges for mental health services and partners in the third sector - with contributions from Alun Thomas, Chief Executive, Hafal and Ewan Hilton, Chief Executive, Platfform - I thought this might be of interest.

We expect discussion to focus on issues emerging from recent consultations that policy makers have held with stakeholders, including:

The agenda

  • The delivery plan - collaboration, key outcomes, and effective joint working between local authorities and health boards;
  • Children and young people - intervention and prevention, access to care, and the transition between child and adult services;
  • Working with people affected by serious mental illness;
  • Perinatal mental health services - developing care pathways and inpatient provision;
  • Investment in services and developing a sustainable workforce - recruitment, retention, planning, and staff wellbeing; and 
  • Mental health services and their partners in the third and public sector - addressing key challenges for quality, funding, signposting, and improving the multiagency response.


There will be keynote addresses from: Andrea Gray, Mental Health Development Lead for Wales, Public Health Wales; Professor Keith Lloyd, Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales and Helen Whyley, Director, RCN Wales.

Speakers also include:

  • Alun Thomas, Chief Executive, Hafal - further supporting vulnerable groups in Wales;
  • Ewan Hilton, Chief Executive, Platfform - developing effective partnerships to overcome the challenges around the delivery of services;
  • Jan Coles, Head of Children’s Services, Powys County Council - challenges around delivering a smooth and effective transition between child and adult services in Wales; and
  • Casey-Jane Bishop, Member, Barnardo's Cymru, Welsh Youth Parliament - how care can be improved and delivered in the most compassionate way possible, for children and young people, in the context of rising demand on services.