Scotland Policy Conferences

Mental health and wellbeing in Scotland - service delivery, strategy implementation and support for young people

Morning, Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Central Edinburgh


Taking place one year since the launch of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy, this seminar will be a timely opportunity to examine the progress made since its publication, and to consider further action that can be taken in this important area of policy.

Following the recent establishment of the Youth Commission on Mental Health Services, delegates will assess priorities for raising the standard of support for children and young people within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - in education and more widely - and for improving staff training, care pathways, and access to counselling and further support.

Attendees will also consider the role of Personal and Social Education (PSE), in light of the Scottish Government’s review into PSE, which is due to conclude at the end of 2018.

Further sessions discuss next steps for improving the broader delivery of mental health services - taking into account recent changes to the health and social care structures and changes in people’s healthcare needs. Delegates will also look at the priorities for intervention beyond traditional health settings, in areas such as the workplace.

Guest of Honour

Dame Denise Coia

Chair, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Guest of Honour

Dame Denise Coia

Chair, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Keynote Speaker

Paula Shiels

Senior Nurse Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Adult Protection, NHS 24


Annie Wells MSP

Spokesperson for Mental Health, Public Health and Equalities, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party


Dr Elaine Lockhart

Chair, Child and Adolescent Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland

Barry Syme

Chair, Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists and Principal Educational Psychologist, Glasgow City Council

Dr Alastair Cook

Medical Director, North Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership and Chair, Scottish Mental Health Partnership

Lesley McDowall

Health Strategy and Suicide Prevention Manager, Scottish Prison Service

Dr Leeanne Nicklas

Head of Programme, Psychology Specialist Practice, NHS Education for Scotland

Jonathan Wood

National Manager, Wales and Scotland, Place2Be

Laura Sharpe

Manager, Education and Young People, See Me

Dr Carey Lunan

Chair, RCGP Scotland