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York Transforming Services: Symposium April 2016

Local community to work together


IMG_4922A pioneering approach to improving the mental health and well being of people across the Vale of York was launched in the city on 13 April 2016.

The Trust brought together a wide range of local people and organisations to look at how they can work together, as a community, to support people with mental health problems in all aspects of their lives.


More than 80 delegates, including people with first-hand experience of mental illness, attended the symposium, which took place in York on 13 April 2016.

The event was supported by the International Mental Health Collaborating Network (IMHCN), a charitable organisation, which has been promoting a community wide approach to mental wellbeing for over twenty years.

Participants heard how communities in the UK and abroad have worked together to empower people to develop more inclusive services.


Participants took the opportunity to reflect on what can be done to improve services across the Vale of York.

Stephen Wright, clinical director for adult mental health services in York and Selby, said:

“If we want to build systems that support good mental health and wellbeing, and that cover all aspects of an individual’s life, then everybody in the local community needs to works together.

“This symposium is just the start of the journey and we will continue to work together and learn from each other over the next six months, developing and implementing plans that will transform our community.”


See below for more information about the meeting and are some of the presentations:

International Symposium Programme

Introduction to Whole Life, Whole Systems Approach John Jenkins, CEO of International Mental Health Collaboration Network

Whole Life - Whole Systems Strategy: The Plymouth Experience Nick Pennell, Chair of Plymouth Health Watch

Whole Life-Whole System in Trieste - 40 years of experience of social inclusion, empowerment and citizenship Roberto Mezzina, Director MHD, WHOCC AAS 1 - Trieste, Italy

Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust Recovery and Wellbeing Strategy Alison Brabban, Recovery Lead, Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust

Recovery Learning Community: The Experience of the Trieste Mental Health Department, Italy Paul Baker, IMHCN Secretary

Building on Discover ... To Recovery Paul Howatson, Senior Innovation and Improvement, Vale of York Clinical Commisioning Group

Transforming Care: Story Board Part One and Transforming Care: Story Board Part Two Jayne Whitney, Ward Manager, ABMU University Health Board, Wales, Ward F, Neath Port Talbot Hospital.  
Ward F provides assessment and treatment for adults experiencing acute mental health problems – the ward promotes person centred care that endorses therapeutic engagement , rehabilitation and recovery.

Feedback The views of the participants of the meeting.

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