Join us for HTN's Digital Social Care and Mental Health event

Taking place on 11th October, this free to attend one-day event will focus on a variety of topics that fall under the digital social care and digital mental health category.

The agenda will be made up of live sessions from both NHS professionals and suppliers to share and discuss their latest software, projects and case studies with you.

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Linking health and social care data to improve services

Linking the data we hold about patients and clients in their health and social care records can help to improve the quality and experience of care for individuals, while also improving service planning for populations. But joining up health and care data must be done securely and in close collaboration with both data providers and the communities they serve.

These principles underpinned a national programme of work undertaken by NHS Arden & GEM CSU and the Department of Health and Social Care to enable local authorities to submit standardised adult social care data into a secure environment to be linked with health data.

The Adult Social Care – Client Level Data programme now has 35 local authorities flowing data, with a further 76 in the onboarding process, which is already enabling both councils and ICBs to better understand their services and the impact on clients.

In this session, we will cover the governance challenges this programme presented, how they were overcome and how organisations are being supported to submit and access data on an ongoing basis, providing a bridge between health and social care.


A challenge to the managed convergence agenda in Mental Health…

In this talk we will examine the state of the mental health EPR market in England and ask – is managed convergence a relevant or even applicable policy for this sector?

The 48 Mental Health Trusts in England use a narrow range of EPR providers and the market has been somewhat “stuck” for a while with few formal processes and very little “churn” in terms of switching suppliers. 

And no new entrants in the last decade.

There are good and bad reasons for this but we risk choking off investment and innovation if suppliers do not have any visible “market” to go for.

What should be done to ensure we have robust MH EPR solutions that engage staff and service users?


Digital Navigation with GM.Digital

GM.Digital is a research unit within Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH), and is affiliated with the Centre for Women’s Mental Health and the Centre for Health Informatics at the University of Manchester.  We facilitate a young people’s advisory group known as CAMHS.Digital, and this group of young people help shape and drive our research strategy.  CAMHS.Digital provides an opportunity for young people to develop their own research ideas, to learn research skills and to provide valuable feedback on research proposals from GM.Digital and our collaborators.

GM.Digital also leads a programme of volunteer Digital Navigators who can support the use of digital mental health tools within services; providing support for both staff and service users.  Digital Navigators can help overcome some of the barriers to adoption and can help maximise the benefits of data collected by digital technologies.

During the session, we will further explore the contributions CAMHS.Digital make to our research and think about how Digital Navigators can become embedded within clinical teams to accelerate the successful adoption and implementation of evidence-based digital mental health tools. We will also consider the benefits to service users, staff and the Digital Navigators of implementing a programme like this.

Charlotte Stockton-Powdrell, Chief Operating Officer, GM.Digital


Accessing accurate mental health data for quality care and ICS analysis

Everyone is data hungry now, from the clinicians in our Trust to the newly formed ICS. Covid, as we know, resulted in a huge increase in mental health demand and in this webinar, we look at how North Staffordshire Combined Health are using data to get an accurate understanding of the pattern of care activity following the restoration and recovery of services in 2022/23 and target where resources are most needed now – and, are generating a wide range of automated statutory submissions, plus BI, ICS and Board reports for all interested parties.

  • Vicky Boswell, Associate Director of Performance, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare
  • Thomas Jones, Head of Business Intelligence, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare
  • Supported by Kim Aspinall, Director of Commercial Operations, Insource Ltd


DATAMIND: harnessing mental health data to transform lives

Funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and working in partnership with Health Data Research (HDR) UK, DATAMIND is the Mental Health Research Data Hub maximising the value of the UK’s rich mental health data assets by enabling co-ordinated research to improve people’s mental health care and services. Co-Directed by Principal investigator Professor Ann John and Professor Rob Stewart, the hub works in collaboration with partners across the four nations, health services, educational institutions, and mental health charities to collect anonymised data safely and securely from a variety of sources to improve the lives of those living with mental health issues. In this talk, Professor Ann John will describe Hub projects from the FAIR data to the physical and mental interface, progress to date as well as how to get involved.


Tackling Digital Exclusion in Mental Health Services 

There is rapidly growing interest in tackling digital exclusion in mental health services and an appetite from professionals to learn about best practice, and from each other, particularly given it’s an emergent area with limited evidence. 

This session will start to explore the complex relationship between mental health, inequalities and digital exclusion, and look at how those delivering mental health services can adopt an inclusive approach to digital transformation, innovation and improvement. 

Join us as we: 

  • Define and discuss digital exclusion in a mental health context. 

  • Share key findings from our “Adopting Inclusive Digital Transformation in Mental Health” Discovery Findings Report.

  • Give an overview of our national Inclusive Digital Transformation in Mental Health programme.

  • Offer a taster to practical approaches to introduce Inclusive Digital Transformation and Inclusive Co-design into Mental Health Transformation Initiatives.

  • Step through a live case study of an Inclusive Digital Transformation project being delivered in a mental health setting. 

  • Showcase our new “Guide to Inclusive Digital Transformation in Mental Health” which has been co-designed to support colleagues delivering mental health services to implement Inclusive Digital Transformation in their work and to develop a community of best practice, guidance and peer-support. 

This session will be jointly delivered by Thrive by Design (part of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) and the Digital Mental Health Team at NHS England and Improvement. 

Emma Storey, Digital Mental Health Programme Manager, NHS England and Improvement

Kirstin Blackwell, Deputy Director of Inclusive Co-design, Thrive by Design 

Watch our previous HTN Focus sessions

Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust

The challenges and benefits of validating data in mental health with Ideal Health

Meeting the rising mental health demand