We’re well on the way to achieving better access to mental health services by 2020 – that was the clear message from the Oxford AHSN Early Intervention in Mental Health Clinical Network launch event in Harwell, Oxfordshire, on 31 March 2015.
There were updates from across the Oxford AHSN region, as well as a specific focus on school-based services and personality disorders.
National mental health lead Dr Geraldine Strathdee, who was the keynote speaker, gave a ringing endorsement of early intervention work being led by the Oxford AHSN.
Participants took part in an interactive ‘dragon’s den’-style session, voting on their views about new ideas and innovations.
Lyndsay Gittins (pictured), Quality Champion from Oxfordshire, was among those who completed pledge cards to take back to their workplaces and inspire their work in the months ahead.
Prof Belinda Lennox, Joint Clinical Lead of the Oxford AHSN Early Intervention in Mental Health Clinical Network, said: “Thanks to everyone who helped make our launch event such a success. The challenge now is build on it and bring about real change that brings lasting benefits to patients.”
Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on the launch event. Most was really positive and we will learn from the constructive comments in planning future events. Comments included:
- “Very good organisation. Very good speakers. Lots of opportunities to network”
- “Very interactive, well planned, liked the audience voting”
- “I liked learning about the exciting projects around the Thames Valley and thinking about how we link with other areas to share good practice”