Public Policy Projects (PPP) is pleased to invite you to our January health & care thought leadership breakfast with Chair of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, Professor Sir Simon Wessely “The imperative to deliver the Findings of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act”.  This event is kindly sponsored by Mills & Reeve.

Following the publication of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act report  and recommendations in December 2018, PPP looks forward to welcoming a discussion on how to implement the findings and proceed with changes to the system of mental health provision.  The Independent Review was set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how practice can improve. The purpose of the review was to understand the reasons for:

  • Rising rates of detention under the Act
  • The disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnic groups detained under the Act
  • Processes that are out of step with a modern mental health care system

The review sought the views of service users, carers, relevant professionals, and affected organisations in producing recommendations.  Given this setting, it is important that the momentum is not lost and PPP looks forward to a lively discussion.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd 2019

Time: 7.30am – 9.30am

Location: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Professor Sir Simon Wessely

Professor Sir Simon Wessely is Professor of Psychological Medicine and Regius Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London and a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College and the Maudsley Hospitals.

Simon studied medicine and history of art at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and finished his medical training at University College Oxford, graduating in 1981. He obtained his medical membership in Newcastle, before moving to London to train in psychiatry at the Maudsley. He has a Master’s and Doctorate in epidemiology. He is a Foundation Senior Investigator of the National Institute for Health Research, past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, current President of the Royal Society of Medicine and is also chairing the Independent Review into the Mental Health Act.

 He has over 750 original publications, with an emphasis on the boundaries of medicine and psychiatry, unexplained symptoms and syndromes, population reactions to adversity, military health, epidemiology and others.  He founded the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, which is now the main source of information on the health and well-being of the UK Armed Forces past and present and has been Civilian Consultant Advisor in Psychiatry to the British Army since 2001, He has co-authored books on chronic fatigue syndrome, randomised controlled trials and a history of military psychiatry, although sadly none of them are best sellers.

 He is active in public engagement activities, speaking regularly on radio, TV and at literary and science festivals. He is a trustee of Combat Stress and his contributions to veterans’ charities include cycling (slowly) eight times to Paris to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

About the Sponsor: Mills & Reeve

Mills & Reeve offers the deep knowledge of a sector specialist and the commercial strength of a full-service law firm.  As a sector specialist, they understand your drivers and how your market works, so you get fast answers and informed innovations.  As a major commercial law firm, they offer technical expertise and scale in every discipline. They help you deliver ground-breaking deals, find new revenues, and get the right result and headline.

Their client list spans the NHS and independent sector, including providers, commissioners, government and regulators, investors and suppliers. And their team match this diversity with specialists in acute, mental health, community, home and specialised care.

We will be serving a hot breakfast. Please let us know of any dietary requirements.

Please RSVP by Friday 18th January using the link or for any questions please email Managing Director Ben Howlett at or call 020 7839 9305.

Invitations are strictly by invitation only and non-transferrable.

  • 22 Jan, 2019 07:30 - 09:30 BST
  • The Royal Society 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG See map

World Healthcare Journal
  • 0207 8399305

ISSN Number: 2517-2662

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