09:00 - 09:30

Registration, Tea and Coffee

09:30 - 09:40

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Mike Burns

Chief Executive, Penumbra

09:40 - 10:10

Keynote Address: A Psychiatrist’s Overview of Mental Health in Scotland

  • Understanding the 3 key pillars of the new strategy; promotion, prevention and provision of services
  • Supporting person-centred and whole family approaches
  • Developing a skilled and diverse mental health and wellbeing workforce
Live Q&A
10:00 - 10:10

Dr Jane Morris

Chair, RCPsych Scotland

10:10 – 10:45

Panel Discussion: Promoting Positive Mental Health

  • Tackling issues of stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health
  • Helping people to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to promote and protect their own mental wellbeing
  • Improving knowledge to recognise signs and symptoms of poor mental health and signpost to support services
Live Q&A
10:40 - 10:45

Richmond Davies

Head of Service, Public Mental Health, Public Health Scotland

Sharon Mathieson

Sharon Mathieson

Mental Health and Well-Being Manager, SSE Plc

10:45 – 11:15

Panel Discussion: Provision of Acute and Specialist Mental Health Services

  • Providing timely access to safe, effective and compassionate person-centred and whole-family approach to support, care and treatment
  • Increasing community-based support and services to provide care and treatment as close to home as possible
  • Providing assurance of high-quality care through increased service scrutiny, quality and safety standards
  • Reducing waiting times and improving outcomes for people accessing all services
Live Q&A
11:05 - 11:15

Dan Johnson

Clinical Director and Forensic Psychologist, Kibble

Diana Hekerem

Diana Hekerem

Associate Director of Transformational Redesign, Healthcare Improvement Scotland HIS

11:15 – 11:40

Networking Tea and Coffee Break

11:40 – 12:30

Panel Discussion: Early Intervention and Prevention

A look at the challenges and opportunities for improving early intervention and prevention services across different settings including primary care, community care, perinatal care and educational establishments


  • Early identification of mental health issues and provision of support, care and treatment to prevent escalation to more intense interventions
  • Improving links between different parts of the system to ensure people are connected directly to the advice and support they need, wherever they first seek help
Live Q&A
12:20 - 12:30

Liam Furby

Senior Influencing and Partnerships Manager, Place2Be

Kat Paterson

Clinical Nurse Manager, NHS Lothian

Melanie Hogg

Chief Officer, Third Sector Interface (TSI) Perth and Kinross

Kaylie Allen

Director of Funds, Inspiring Scotland, Manager, Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Fund (PIMH Fund)  

12:30 – 13:00

Developing the Mental Health Workforce

  • Implementing the Scottish Government’s Workforce Action Plan by developing the core mental health workforce, the wider mental wellbeing workforce and unpaid positions such as carers
  • Embedding long-term strategic workforce planning to ensure safe capacity and sustainability in response to current and future needs
  • Developing a trauma informed and trauma responsive workforce
  • Addressing talent attraction, recruitment and retention challenges
  • Supporting the workforce’s wellbeing, training and skills development
Live Q&A
12:50 - 13:00

Lisa Greenan

Acting Head of Education and Standards, Scottish Social Services Council

13:00 – 14:10

Networking Lunch

14:10 – 14:40

Tackling Inequalities Driving Mental Ill-Health

  • Understanding the link between social disadvantage and increased risk of mental health problems
  • Identifying and supporting groups who are particularly at risk due to the causes of mental health inequalities
  • Evidence of what works to address economic and social inequalities to prevent mental ill health
Live Q&A
14:30 - 14:40

Julie Cameron

Associate Director for Scotland, Mental Health Foundation

14:40 – 15:20

Panel Discussion: A Whole Systems Approach to Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Trialling ‘Getting it Right for Everyone’ (GIRFE); a multi-agency approach for adults and lessons learnt from GIRFEC
  • Improving information sharing between different organisations
  • Improving care planning to provide a whole person approach of individualised support and services
  • Embedding person centred choice and control at the heart of all support
Live Q&A
15:10 - 15:20

Jo Gibson

Head of Wellbeing and Recovery, East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership

Louise Christie

Director, Scottish Recovery Network

15:20 - 15:30

Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

Mike Burns

Chief Executive, Penumbra

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