• 19 November 2021
    12:30 - 13:30

Mental Health is now recognised as a key priority with a place on the political agenda.  With the added impact of the COVID 19 pandemic it is quickly becoming the most pressing issue for the NHS with a surge in demand anticipated for many years. The pressures include an ageing population with problems related to frailty and cognitive decline, issues linked to the digital revolution and the baggage that comes with using social media to communicate and of course the pandemic itself where people have been bereaved, vulnerable and isolated.

After years of underfunding, it has been acknowledged that new investment is needed to modernise the service that included new people, infrastructure, and revolutionising traditional paper-based services to data driven services that served the digital “savvy” age.

The NHS Long Term Plan (announced in January 2019) aimed to provide long term funding rather than the historic short term financing initiatives of the past.  Mental Health services are well recognised in the plan and funding has started to follow these commitments enabling Trusts to commit resources to long term improvements.

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) was recognised as Outstanding by the CQC in 2019 and awarded HSJ Mental Health Trust of the Year in 2020. It has established a programme to become one of the most digitally mature mental health and learning disability Trusts in the country.

Why tune in?
The audience will discover from the senior team at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS FT some key aims of the Trust and reviewing how they will operate in the future within the new Integrated Care System framework.

Hakan Akozek
CIO – Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS FT

Paul Bradley
CCIO & Consultant Psychiatrist – Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS FT

Avi Reddy
Head of Information, Business Intelligence & Systems Delivery – Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS FT

Mark Smith
Business Development Director UK – Enovacom

Hannah Crouch
Editor – Digital Health

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