21 February 2019

A successful Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes workshop held to discuss mental health needs and ideas for change was attended by more than 100 attendees from across a range of organisations.

The Clinical Conversation – Let’s Talk About Mental Health event was held on January 29, 2019 at The Rufus Centre in Central Bedfordshire.

It was part of the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System’s (ICS) work which aims to improve health and social care services so that everyone living in the region can have better services, live healthier lives and, if they should fall ill, have even better treatment than they currently receive.

Themes explored on the night included children and young people, eating disorders, perinatal mental health, support for people with dementia, crisis support, improving psychological therapies for people with long-term conditions, early intervention in psychosis, suicide reduction and employment support for people with mental health needs.

Trust Chief Executive Dr Navina Evans was among the speakers and workshops were led by colleagues including Cathy Lavelle, Jo Meehan, Karlene Allen, Dr Nick Hawkes, Samantha West, Dr Aneeba Anwar, Dr Dudley Manns, Andy Rajkumar, Sarah Massey, Rosalind Alban, Dr Sangeetha Kolli, Kerry Wilding, Alison Fuller, Gail Dearing, Dr Zelpha Kittler and Dr Carol-Ann Sargent.

It was organised by ELFT’s Michael Farrington who is on secondment as an ICS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Mental Health Improvement Manager.

“This was a fantastic opportunity to really explore what we currently do and how we could do it differently using new opportunities available across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes,” he said.

“It was a forum for open conversation, ideas and inspiration. The input from guests was amazing and I would like to thank everyone who attended.”

The programme included a video about mental health made by young people living in Bedfordshire.

It can be viewed here