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


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

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, 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 will 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

Dr Denise Coia

Chair, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Guest of Honour

Dr Denise Coia

Chair, Healthcare Improvement Scotland


Annie Wells MSP

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


Barry Syme

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

Senior speaker confirmed from NHS 24

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

Laura Sharpe

Manager, Education and Young People, See Me