Centre staff are active beyond the research work they undertake. Here are some of the speaking engagements that they are involved with, as well as events that we are supporting in some other way. Many of the events we run ourselves are smaller and therefore by invitation only, and so don't appear here.

Improving Mental Health Services in the Criminal Justice System Conference

29 April 2014, London

The Department of Health has announced £25 million of funding to place mental health professionals in criminal justice settings. This conference takes place as the commissioning of mental health services features at the top of the government agenda and as the publication of the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat is imminent.

Through in-depth consultation with industry experts, this conference provides crucial advice around optimising the use of section 136, implementing effective liaison and diversion schemes and showcases best practices from street triage programmes.

Key topics covered include:

  • Understanding NHS England’s commissioning of mental health services in the criminal justice system
  • Raising awareness of complex and multiple needs, including personality disorders
  • Learning from trailblazers in street triage and developing integrated approaches
  • Building effective rehabilitative environments, delivering secure housing and finding employment for ex-offenders

Sean Duggan, our Chief Executive, will be chairing this conference.

For more information, visit the Capita conferences website.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Mental Health Parity of Esteem Conference

6 May 2014

We now have a far better understanding of the integration between mind and body and it makes sense for services to reflect that. This will require a fundamental change in the way services are provided and commissioned and this conference will examine the latest research and encourage debate from all involved to ensure we develop evidence based, comprehensive and supportive services for the future.

The conference will consider the importance of mental health and wellbeing to all individuals, while also including the experiences of certain groups including children and young people, offenders and members of the armed forces.

For more information, download the conference flyer.

Sean Duggan, our Chief Executive, will be speaking at this conference.

Improving Physical Health for People with Mental Health Conditions

20 May 2014, Birmingham

Focusing on objective three: More people with mental health problems will have good physical health, of the Mental Health Strategy, this conference takes a practical case study based approach learning from organisations that have succeeded in addressing the challenge of improving the physical health of people with mental health conditions.

For further information and to book your place visit the conference website or email

Health in the justice system: next steps for offender health commissioning and service integration

3 June 2014, morning, London

Delegates will assess NHS England's revised framework for offender health commissioning, alongside key issues impacting on the offender population including mental health, learning disabilities and drug and alcohol addiction.

Attendees at the seminar will consider whether the mental health needs of the prison population are currently being effectively addressed and the ongoing impact of liaison and diversion schemes.

This discussion will also be informed by a keynote contribution from the Chief Executive of the Centre for Mental Health, Sean Duggan. Sessions will bring together leading policymakers with stakeholders from across criminal justice and offender health service provision - including NHS England offender health teams, probation and prison workers, local partnerships, lawyers, charities and interested campaign groups.

The conference will also follow the launch of Government's mental health and liaison pilot, which places mental health nurses in police stations and courts.

Sean Duggan, our Chief Executive, will be speaking at this conference.

For more information, visit the Westminster Forum website.

Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England and next steps for commissioning policy

12 June 2014, Morning, London

Delegates at this seminar will discuss how effectively CCGs and NHS England are working with each other and with other key partners; the challenges of engaging clinicians; and the impact of changing funding allocation for CCGs.

Further sessions will focus on the delivery of integrated care, the role of the third and independent sector in the commissioning process and as providers, and next steps for commissioning support.

Andy Bell, Deputy Chief Executive, will be speaking at this conference.

For more information, visit the conference website.

Improving the effectiveness of Psychological Therapies for Depression and Anxiety

18 June 2014, London

Chaired by Jeremy Clarke CBE, Chair of the New Savoy Partnership, this conference will focus on improving the effectiveness of Psychological Therapies for Depression and Anxiety.

James Morris MP will open this one day conference and tell us about the important work of the All Party Parliamentary Group that he chairs looking at what we must do better and different in mental health.

For further information and to book your place visit or email Follow the conference on Twitter #IAPT

Working it out -
for people with severe mental illness

25 June 2014, London

A one day conference from Centre for Mental Health to provide tools, guidance and expertise in supporting people with mental illness into work.

This timely conference is for anyone who has an interest in improving the employment rates of people with severe mental illness accessing their services. Speakers from UK Centres of Excellence and service users will address:

  • Can people with severe mental illness really work?
  • What should healthcare’s role be in supporting people with mental illness into employment?
  • What are the evidence-based methods of support?
  • What is the business case for providing

For more information and to book a place, download the flyer or visit the Centrevents website.

Working Therapeutically in the Criminal Justice System

7th Annual International Conference Counselling in Prisons Network

9 & 10 July 2014, Durham University

This two-day international conference features workshops looking at contemporary issues for therapists working in the CJS such as trauma, bereavement, personality disorder.

Booking is now open online at the Durham University website

Training and development in IPS

Recognising the complexity of implementing an evidence-based practice, we are offering a range of training and development course to help services deliver evidence-based supported employment.

Dates of upcoming courses are here.

Read more in the flyer below.

Download our IPS training and development flyer (283 KB)

Mental Health, Criminal Justice and the Big Society: Everybody's Responsibility

Watch the recent Centre for Mental Health lecture by Sir Keith Pearson and the response by Louis Appleby.