The Contact Group

The UK collaboration for military mental health policy, treatment and research

Contact Armed Forces

The UK collaboration for military mental health policy, treatment and research

Register now for Contact’s half-day online conference
‘Military mental health sector review and case management: Challenges and opportunities’
Co-hosted by the Contact Group and the Northern Ireland Veterans’ Support Office (NIVSO)

Date: Tue 16 March
Time: 0930-1300
Online via MS Teams (details will be circulated to registered attendees)

To reserve your place, please email anna.owen@contactarmedforces.org.uk

 

About the event
The conference is free of charge and open to all professionals working in military mental health, as well as those with a role or interest in veterans’ case management. Veterans and families are also welcome to attend. The aim of the event is to review recent developments in the military mental health sector, including identifying any challenges and opportunities to address them. Also to share details of (and seek feedback on) the veterans’ mental health information system (VMHIS) proposed by the Cobseo/Contact case management working group and presently being scoped by consultants.

The programme will include keynote speakers, speaker panels and opportunities for audience Q&As and discussion. An outline programme is included below (subject to change) and will be updated as more details are confirmed.

The keynote speeches and first session will have a Northern Ireland focus, as Contact is a collaboration of organisations from all four nations of the UK and this conference was originally due to take place in Belfast. The second and third sessions will focus on veterans’ mental health and case management in the UK (case management is one of Contact’s priority work areas) and will outline and invite feedback on the proposed veterans’ mental health information system (VMHIS).

To reserve your place, please email anna.owen@contactarmedforces.org.uk


Military mental health sector review and case management: Challenges and opportunities

Outline conference programme (subject to change)

Co-hosted by Liz Brown, Head of Northern Ireland Veterans’ Support Office (NIVSO) and Charles Winstanley, Chair of Contact Group

0920-0930: Virtual arrivals
0930-0935: Welcome & introduction – Liz Brown

0935-0955: Keynote: Mental health in Northern Ireland – chaired by Liz Brown
0955-1015: Keynote: Veterans’ mental health in Northern Ireland – chaired by Liz Brown

1015-1100: Veterans’ mental health in Northern Ireland
Speakers will include representatives from:
– NI Regional Trauma Network
– NI Veterans’ Support Office
– Queen’s University Belfast
– UDR & R IRISH Aftercare Service
– Inspire Wellbeing
– The Ely Centre
– Additional speakers to be confirmed
Followed by audience Q&As – chaired by Liz Brown

1100-1105: Summary of key points – Liz Brown

1105-1115: Break

1115-1155: Proposed veterans’ mental health information system (VMHIS) presented by members of the Cobseo/Contact case management working group, including:
Roy Brown, Director of Governance Support, Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo)
Charles Winstanley, Chair, Contact Group
Andy Bacon, Head of Policy & Strategy for Armed Forces, NHS England & NHS Improvement
Nicola Cook, Assistant Director of Operations, Royal British Legion
– Ministry of Defence (tbc)
Followed by audience Q&As and discussion – chaired by Charles Winstanley

1155-1255: UK military mental health & case management
Speakers will include:
David Richmond, Head, Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA)
Charlie Wallace, Scottish Veterans’ Commissioner
Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health, King’s College London & Lead for Military & Veterans’ Mental Health, Royal College of Psychiatrists
David Rowley, Head of Operations: Regional & Specialist Services, Leeds & York NHS Partnership Trust
Neil Kitchiner, Director & Consultant Clinical Lead, Veterans NHS Wales
Sarah Jones, Head of Psychological Wellbeing, Help for Heroes
– Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo) (tbc)
– Additional speakers to be confirmed
Followed by audience Q&As and discussion – chaired by Charles Winstanley

1255-1300: Summary of key points – Charles Winstanley
1300: End

To reserve your place, please email anna.owen@contactarmedforces.org.uk

Image credit: Walking With The Wounded