Chief Execs Roundtable with MPs

“This event was an excellent opportunity to speak at first hand to MPs with a real interest and commitment to mental health. Personal contact and discussion about what is working and what is not can really influence the agenda and the roundtable really felt like working together.”

Angela McNab – Chief Executive, Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust

“I was really pleased I made the time to attend the MH Roundtable event, it’s often difficult to make events like this a priority. The direct access to key MPs was invaluable and I believe there is a genuine opportunity through breakthrough, to influence mental health policy. I’d encourage CEO colleagues to join in this work as we approach a significant period for mental health and any future governments policy.”

Michael McCourt – Chief Executive, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

“The Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative Roundtable was an amazing opportunity as a provider CEO to get access to MPs who are ‘mental health savvy’ and who are keen to know more in order to make the next stage case for parity in Parliament. It is rare these days to feel that over a few hours one can be in such a high impact/high influence environment. Really worth the time.”

Joe Rafferty – Chief Executive, Mersey CareNHS Trust

“On Tuesday 24th February I joined a small number of Mental Health CEO colleagues from the Positive Practice MH Collaborative to meet with MPs to discuss the issues facing the mental health sector, and predominantly those providing NHS services. We had some hard-hitting conversations, sharing the concerns within services including: the increased demand on services and the reduced capacity to deliver safe and effective care; lack of national resource to help plan, articulate and demonstrate value of mental health for all when compared to other conditions such as cancer; lack of a national public health articulated mental health focus (dementia good but too narrow); the acute sector ‘pull’ of resource, energy and activity and the risk in this climate that integration of mental health into whole system design may simply absorb mental health into acute care.”

“They are very open to listening and acting on our best advice. By working together as a collective Mental Health CEO sector there is potential to positively influence future policy and investment decisions. There is much work to be done, in setting out both a national vision and the local determinants of how to deliver the best mental health care for all.”

Prof Steve Trenchard

“Meeting the conservative and labour MPs was an enlightening experience as they have an active interest in how to improve mental health services, mental health training in primary care and parity of esteem and are keen to obtain concise briefings from us to help their lobbying.”

Professor Andre Tylee

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