National Mental Health Network

National Mental Health Network 2019

For over 20 years NPAG has been bringing NHS professionals together to share best practice, collaborate to solve problems, and access information and guidance from experts. NPAG is launching a brand new national group with an exciting first meeting programme.

Programme highlights will include:

The priorities in the Mental Health Sector for 2019 and beyond’

Professor Tim Kendall, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Professor Tim Kendall will be sharing the latest national perspective on the priorities facing the Mental Health sector as we enter 2019. He will also provide insights on the new NHS long-term plan, and the priorities for mental health for the next ten years.

‘Exploring alternatives to inpatient admissions’

University College London, SSG Health & NHS Mental Health Trusts

UCL will present early findings from their study into UK admission alternatives. SSG Health is a leading specialist in healthcare operational and financial transformation. Its mental health transformation team was the first team to be paired by NHSI under the national FIP programme to provide operating model change support to a mental health trust. SSG will be joined by trusts to describe practical evidence-based examples of admission avoidance.

As with all NPAG network groups, the aim here is to add value by delivering regular meetings, with agendas built around the needs and interests of the people who work in the sector – people like you!

‘I attended my first NPAG meeting in January as a guest and found it to be very worthwhile. This networking opportunity proved fruitful and we have since had a visit from another Trust, sharing ideas and good practice as a result of this initial meeting. I have now joined and hope to gain much more over the coming year.’ New NPAG Group Member 17-18

The network will be guided by national agendas such as The Five Year Forward View, Lord Carter’s review into unwarranted variations in mental health and community health services and NHS Improvement’s Model Hospital programme. Rather than simply repeating the principles of these though, NPAG will be seeking to work with you to highlight the elements within these ‘big agendas’ that are of most concern and interest and use NPAG’s network and experience to help members manage and address them effectively.

Facilitator Andrew Barton
Coordinator Victoria Combes