Positive Feedback For Lighthouse Symposium

Entitled 'Stop Making Sense - Keeping on top of a changing policy and funding environment in mental health', the symposium was held at the Hadley Park House Hotel in Telford, Shropshire.

The symposium looked at the future direction of mental health services, in the light of the No Health Without Mental Health strategy, and in particular how the implementation of the strategy will be affected by a harsher commissioning climate.

Over 65 people attended the event, including commissioners and clinicians, and the speakers were as follows: - 

  • Professor Paul Corrigan CBE - independent management consultant and former health advisor to Tony Blair and the Labour Government
  • Jim Symington - Director of Symington-Tinto Health and Social Care and former programme pirector of the National Mental Health Development Unit
  • Dr Mats Dernevik - Consultant Psychologist at Lighthouse Healthcare
  • Chris Naylor - Senior Researcher at The King's Fund.

The day was very well received, with thought-provoking presentations and debate. Delegates commented afterwards that they found it very informative and interesting, and that it was good to see a series of presentations that linked together effectively and made overall sense.

Women’s services, local services and private providers, the autism act and its implementation and outcomes in mental health were all themes/topics that people suggested they would like to see in future Lighthouse symposia.

Lighthouse is already planning its next symposium and will make details available on this website as soon as a programme is finalised.