For health professionals

Registration for the 2019 East Midlands Mental Health Service Innovators Partnership Conference is open

A great opportunity for commissioners, providers and students to network and understand Mental Health and Eating Disorder service innovations across the East Midlands

The prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people continues to rise.

Then join us at our 2019 Partnership Conference, taking place at the University of Derby on 4th September, where we are bringing together the UK’s leading authors on Compassionate Focused Therapy, Eating Disorders, Health Humanities and Student and Perinatal Mental Health.

Based on the success of our key-note speakers, research and policy work with government’s health departments and international research networks, take this opportunity to learn about their outcomes-based methods, practical tools and resources, and nascent service delivery across eating disorders care and mental health services. 

The Conference offers an ideal opportunity for you to network with professionals across a range of sectors and disciplines all working in the fields of all ages mental health and wellbeing to share your experiences with each other.

10% of net conference sales are being donated to Derbyshire Autism Service, another local charity set up by parents to support children, young people, adults and their families affected by autism - with or without a diagnosis

Like First Steps ED, they also work with professionals in other services to make sure that individuals and families affected by autism have their needs met and fully taken into account when involved with them

Please spread the word amongst your colleagues or those who may benefit from attending the inaugural 2019 East Midlands Mental Health and Eating Disorders Conference.

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Patients and the public should expect to have access to early intervention and coordination for eating disorders, says NICE

The 2018 NICE quality standard (QS) on eating disorders focuses on promoting early access and coordinating care between services, and asserts ‘’A Coordination push’’ and ‘’Assessment aims’’ is required for care coordinated across different services following accepting the recommendations of a Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman report.

People with eating disorders often have additional mental health problems, for example anxiety or depression, and may be in contact with several health specialists. Communication between these sectors is crucial to ensure people with eating disorders are fully supported.

NICE says this should include a detailed care plan explaining how the services will work together. Moving between services may also cause miscommunication about a person’s care and people must have their risks assessed during these transitions, especially young people.

Professor Paul Gilbert, Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) from the Compassionate Mind Foundation

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Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) was developed by Professor Paul Gilbert which draws upon evolutionary psychology, a model of emotions based in affective neuroscience, and utilises contemporary practices for cultivating compassion and mindfulness.

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) helps us to understand the ways that our emotions can become unbalanced in our lives and how we can learn to work with our feelings and life-difficulties in direct, compassionate ways.

The Compassionate Mind Foundation promotes wellbeing by facilitating the scientific understanding and application of compassion. A charitable organisation that supports research and teaching of an evolution and contemplative informed compassion-focused approach to human difficulty. Supporting individuals with training and resources and running specific programmes to apply a compassionate approach in both schools and organisations.

Professor Paul Crawford, Bringing the human back into Mental Health and Wellbeing from the International Health Humanities Network

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Professor Paul Crawford is the world's first Professor of Health Humanities, pioneering the field and launching multiple new research, educational and practice initiatives worldwide. He directs the Centre for Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health and co-directs the Health Humanities Research Priority Area at The University of Nottingham, UK.

Paul defines this fast-growing field as the application of the arts and humanities in interdisciplinary research, education and social action to inform and transform health and social care, health or well-being.

It aims to be inclusive of viewpoints and contributions from within and beyond medicine; value the experiences and resources of the public; and explore diverse approaches to achieving, maintaining or recovering quality of life; and delivering positive mental health.

The International Health Humanities Network provides a global platform for innovative humanities scholars, medical, health and social care professionals, voluntary sector workers and creative practitioners to join forces. As policymakers strive to build healthier societies, Nottingham can demonstrate real impact and relevance, not least in providing new evidence and insights for those commissioning or working in population health.

As Paul continues to expand his innovative practice of Health Humanities internally, his latest collaboration Svindseth, M.F. & Crawford, P. (2019) Humiliation: Mental Health and Public Shame.  is available through Emerald Publishing HERE:

Neurobiology of Eating Disorders a clinical consultants perspective

Dr Ian Frampton is a paediatric psychologist with a background in clinical neuroscience. His research concerns the effects of the environment on brain development and hence on childhood physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Dr Frampton’s main research methodologies include functional neuroimaging as well as clinical studies of intervention programmes for children and young people. He holds a position as Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Neuropsychology at Great Ormond St. Hospital for the Children NHS Trust, and is developing work in a number of areas with colleagues at the Centre for Clinical Neuropsychology Research at the University of Exeter, and Eating Disorders Research Team, Oslo University Hospital, Norway.

Taking Student Health and Wellbeing to a higher level

Dominique Thompson was part of the Student Mental Health Services Task Group that published new national guidance for closer working between NHS and Universities "Minding Our Future" with almost 20 years as a GP working in Student Health Services.

Dominique is a Clinical Adviser to the Royal College of GPs and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on the Eating Disorders Guidelines Development Committee which produced the current 2017 national guidance. Dominique co-authored the section on eating disorders for the 7th Edition of Practical General Practice (Elsevier) to be published August 2019.

Her 2018 TEDxBath talk entitled "What I learnt from 78,000 GP consultations with university students" described some of the reasons for the increase in demand for mental health support alongside actions to reduce the pressure on young people.

Dominique's second TEDx talk 'Understanding the Why’ was recorded this April and covers the topic of Self Harming Behaviours in Young People.

She has also recently published 4 short guides on mental health topics for students- The Student Wellbeing Series (Trigger Press) which available Here.

Alumni supporting Transition to achieve a positive education journey

Tegan Creedy and Dr Hugo Layard Horsfall founders of Happy Space, a mental wellbeing charity set up by 3 student alumni now working in the NHS, law sector and corporate media professions.

Happy Space helps students identify the stressors during transitional phases, such as between sixth form and University, and to facilitate students to ask and answer the question “Why don’t I feel okay”?, thereby helping students reach their own Happy Space.

Their mission is supported by their beautiful and current guidebooks focusing on five key factors: Mind, Body, Food, Finance and Creativity - written by respective experts in their field.

Happy Space also focuses on younger ages too, including the transition to secondary school and college. They have partnerships with various schools and colleges, creating bespoke and interactive guidebooks and running annual talks.

Happy Space is committed to helping students become conscientious and form good habits early to ensure good self-care later in life.

Other Conference Partners

  • Ifti Majid Chief Executive Officer Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on New Mental Health Care Models

  • Eating Disorders in Student Services (EDISS) 18 to 29 years at Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University, and 16 to 18 years at Chesterfield College

  • Dr Jane Temple Consultant in Special Care Dentistry Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and Training Programme Director for Special Care Dentistry East Midlands Deanery

  • Gill McKay Clinical Director and Hannah Yeomans, Community Parent Coordinator, at Ripplez CIC Supporting Parental and Infant Mental Health through Family Nurse and Community Parent Programmes

  • Dr Lucia Whitney Consultant CAMHS Psychiatrist Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust specialising in Eating Disorders and Autistic Spectrum Disorder 

This essential one-day conference on Wednesday 4th September will showcase early intervention and prevention care models and a range of expert-led sessions providing insight, guidance and examples of innovative practice achieving step changes in mental health recovery and Wellbeing.

The conference sessions will include:

  • Understanding how policy reforms have been developed by leading academics and grass-roots social enterprise with charities leading the way

  • Insight into how the impact of perfectionism and chasing the invisible dream influences young people’s and students mental ill health conditions

  • How are agencies promoting resilience and providing information and tools to young people, and adults to support self-care

  • A case study on improving transitions between school, college and onto university from a collaboration of supporting organisations

  • Alternative therapies to improve mental health focusing on prevention, early intervention and support self-care

  • Developing community-based, co-produced alternative opportunities to support mental health for young people and children

Secure your place by 12th July to take advantage of our early bird rates

The conference is designed for: 

  • Local authority children’s and families’ services
  • Commissioners of services
  • Youth service leaders
  • Early help teams
  • Counsellors and therapists
  • CAMHS professionals
  • Children and family social workers
  • BACP, BPC, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychology
  • Counselling, Therapist, Mental Health Staff
  • Clinical commissioning groups
  • Public health professionals
  • Children’s and young people’s charities
  • Primary and secondary school headteachers and deputies
  • College and University Tutors and Heads of School
  • Student Mental Health and Wellbeing teams
  • Heads of year
  • Pastoral leads and subject heads
  • School nurses
  • SEND professionals
  • Educational psychologists
  • Education welfare officers
  • School governors
  • Classroom teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Students, College and University, PHD, MSc, BSc

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