We’re delighted to announce that Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health, will be delivering a keynote speech at the 2016 conference. He is an active advocate for changes and improvements in health and social care and writes extensively on the subject, amongst other things, for both The Guardian and Independent. Following the 2010 General Election Norman served first as Chief Parliamentary Advisor to Nick Clegg, then as a junior minister at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, before being promoted to Minister of State for Care and Support for the Department of Health. He continues to challenge the government to ensure that health and social care and in particular mental health gets treated with the same priority as physical health.
Along with Norman, other highlights across the two days include:
- Dr Janice Lebel, University of Massachusetts. Six Core Strategies: Pitfalls and Pragmatics to Successful Implementation.
- Professor Brian Littlechild (NICE). Violence and Aggression: Short-term Management in Mental Health, Health and Community Settings.
- Maria Taylor, Wishmore Cross Academy. Implementing a Restraint Reduction Programme in a Special Needs Academy.
- Craig Thorley, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research. Integrative Mental Health Services for Children and Young People: Challenges and Opportunities.
- Paul Dix, Pivotal Education. When Adults Change, Everything Changes. Paul is possibly the best speaker on all things “behaviour in education”, mainstream and SEN, in the UK today.
- Dr Anna Bjorkdahl, Karolinska Institute Stockholm. Sensory Rooms in Acute Psychiatric Care.
- Sam O’Brien, Navigo and Expert by Experience. Turning a Negative into a Positive – A Service User’s Journey.
In addition, the workshops lined up will cover a broad range of sectors and topics from Emma Sunley at HMPS who’ll be giving an overview of the Prison Service’s Minimising and Managing Physical Restraint Programme and how this links to the six core strategies, and Alison Cobb (Mind) talking about how they involve service users in influencing organisational change, to Jo Varela and Phil Clayton (from the Becton Centre for Children and Young People) looking at Compassionate Interventions for Problematic Organisational Cultures – there’s pretty much something for everyone.
The conference is a must for anyone looking to remain informed about the progress in restraint reduction being made across all sectors and the ongoing challenges and successes experienced by those developing and implementing restraint reduction techniques and programmes.