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Improving the Physical Health Outcomes of People with Serious Mental Illness

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This conference takes a practical case study based approach to assessing, monitoring and improving the physical health outcomes of people with serious mental illness. There is a focus on integrated working, and through learning from organisations that have succeeded in addressing the challenge of improving the physical health of people with mental health conditions and improving practice during Covid-19. 

“Maintaining physical health is now much harder than before, but it has never been more important. Physical activity, stopping smoking and eating a healthy diet can help you feel better emotionally and mentally during this time... While COVID-19 is dominating our lives, it’s easy to neglect other health issues or to feel there isn’t help available. While physical health checks might be postponed or adapted, it is still critical that we all continue to address our wider health as usual, making use of resources, such as our GP surgeries and mental health teams to maintain and optimise our health.”

Equally Well 2021

“People living with a severe mental illness have a 15-20 year shorter life expectancy than average in the UK. This is largely due to having poorer physical health, including a three times higher rate of diabetes than the general population and twice the rate of asthma, chronic lung disease and heart disease. People with long-term mental health problems do not always get the help they need for their physical health, including access to preventive care. NHS England committed in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health for 60% of people with a severe mental illness to receive an annual physical health check by 2020/21. Yet in the 12 months to the end of 2019/20, only 36% of people on GP severe mental illness (SMI) registers had received all six elements of the health checks, with progress further interrupted by Covid-19. Physical health checks are not a ‘nice to have’ – they can be life saving – and must be continued and uptake increased throughout the pandemic.”

Mind 2021


This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues working to improve the physical health outcomes for people with mental health conditions
  • Reflect on the lived experience
  • Understand the impact of lockdown and Covid-19 and how the pandemic requires to evolve ways of working 
  • Learn from established practice in the assessment and management of physical health conditions
  • Ensure you are up to date with national developments including the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme and Framework 
  • Understand and reflect on what you need to do to bring together physical and mental health
  • Update your knowledge on national developments including the impact 
  • Ensure every person under your care receives effective assessment and monitoring of physical health needs
  • Understand how you can support people to improve physical health and the impact on personal recovery journeys
  • Develop your skills in screening, assessment, treatment and monitoring
  • Improving physical health outcomes for older people with SMI 
  • Understand how you can improving and monitoring the physical health of those with Schizophrenia
  • Identify key strategies for improvement smoking cessation
  • Reflect on how we can improve physical health outcomes for older adults with serious mental illness 
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Chair and Speakers include

Mark Winstanley

Chief Executive
Rethink Mental Illness

Thomas Dunning

Director & Motivational Speaker
Mental Health Runner

Andy Bell

Deputy Chief Executive
The Centre for Mental Health

Dr Arokia Antonysamy

Regional Medical Director, London, SE and SW England
Cygnet Health Care

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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