We made our annual visit to Lancashire on the 17th July, via the Woodlands Conference Centre in Chorley. The verbal feedback we received on the day was positive and it seemed that the event was generally well-received. The chair announced the update to the website, marking its official relaunch. There have been a few registrations over the weekend as a direct result of the session – we expect more people will register as they come to find presentation slides and flyers for the next event.
Many thanks to the presenters who provided a diverse range of thought-provoking material.
Julie Church-Taylor and Tanya Kitchen from Greater Manchester Police opened the day with an informative but also sobering presentation on high risk domestic abuse. The list of specific risk indicators will prove to be particularly useful for AMHPs and can be found in the PowerPoint presentation provided for download.
Kim Forrester from the CQC gave a useful overview of the Commission’s models for the inspection of mental health services before outlining some of the discussions that have taken place regarding the possibility of CQC regulation of AMHP practice. She has provided further detail in her presentation slides which we are hoping will stimulate discussion in the forum. The key message from Kim was that the CQC would welcome further discussion with AMHPs – please see the slides for her presentation for more detail.
In the afternoon, Dr. Richard Drake from the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre delivered a fascinating overview of recent developments in medical research into schizophrenia. Richard made a bewildering amount of technical information seem accessible to us and offered cautious grounds to be optimistic in relation to future developments for targeted treatment. He has generously made his slides available for download.
The final presentation came from one of our own board members – Emad Lilo, who has also been acting as the Vice Chair of the College of Social Work’s AMHP Community – on his recent paper published by the College in relation to the continuing impact of the Cheshire West judgement on AMHP practice. The AMHPs attending echoed the views of the respondents to Emad’s survey, that increasing numbers of assessments and MHA/MCA interface complexities were continuing issues. The full text of Emad’s paper – which also contains much useful practical guidance – can be downloaded from this site, as can his PowerPoint presentation from the Woodlands event.
If you were at the event, please do register for the forum and let us know your thoughts – whether in relation to the venue, the content of the presentations or suggestions for future events.