Talking Therapies Clinical Skills Best Practice Forum

Talking Therapies Clinical Skills Best Practice Forum
5 CPD Hours Early bird: £199+VAT
Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
Thu 19 Sep 2024 08:45-17:00
This national meeting is a unique opportunity for you to come together with Talking Therapy professionals from across the country to learn from each other, share ideas and make practical adaptations to your assessment and therapeutic interventions.

*** Early Bird Discount *** 

£199 + VAT for one NHS or Public Sector place when booked before Friday 19th July 2024

With thanks to our industry partners:

Practical tips that will have a positive impact on your role and service

Through a flexible mix of presentations, group discussions and optional workshops, you will discover how other Talking Therapies services are reaching national recovery targets and how to make a lasting impact on your service demands.

Engage in open discussions, talk about how your service is operating and strategise on how to replicate pockets of excellence in your own service. Attend with like-minded colleagues, connect with other services and hone your therapeutic skills to meet the new national recovery metrics and share best practice. Book your place to refocus on:

  • Developing your skillset to ensure that you are fully equipped to meet recovery targets 
  • Exploring clinical best practice through tailor-made workshops, chosen by you 
  • Sharing and learning from each other to ensure the wellbeing of your teams 
  • Establishing new connections with industry partners dedicated to supporting your service
  • Effectively monitoring recovery rate metrics to ensure that your service is on track 
  • Striking the balance between running an effective service and supporting staff wellbeing
  • Making real connections with people who are also working to overcome their service challenges

Tailor your learning and accelerate your outcomes. Choose from the following workshops:

  • Neurodiversity adaptations: learn how to develop a flexible therapy for neurodiversity to meet the needs of your patients
  • Physical activity informed practice: embedding physical activity to support recovery  
  • Menopause assessment skills: how to explore, manage and develop your intervention strategies for women experiencing hormonal changes
  • Managing complexity: ensure that you are fully equipped with the skills to assess and adapt your therapeutic interventions to boost recovery metrics

Plus insight from our industry partners

SBK Healthcare would like to thank SilverCloud by Amwell, Limbic and Otsuka for sponsoring this unique forum.

Opportunities to sponsor

Talking Therapies National Networking Forums enable providers of Talking Therapy technology and treatments to support healthcare professionals. If you would like to sponsor this forum please email Sarah Kemm or call Sarah on 01732 897788 to find out about all the engagement and branding opportunities available in the full sponsorship package.

Join, tech support and opportunity to network in your breakout room
Introduction, instructions and chair’s opening remarks
Heather Stonebank Quality Improvement Manager Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Networks, NHS England
Working towards national recovery targets
Working towards recovery rate targets: monitoring outcomes in your Talking Therapies Service
  • Understanding the impact on your KPIs: measuring from the second treatment session
  • Conducting effective outcome monitoring to demonstrate new recovery rate targets
  • Supporting your staff to meet increased recovery rate targets without increasing workforce pressures
Kim de Jong, Assistant Professor, Leiden University
Question and answers with your speakers
Interactive discussion: Shared experiences of working towards new recovery targets
  • Share your achievements and challenges when working to the new recovery rate standards
  • What methods have you tried to reach new targets? What were your outcomes?
Interactive discussion feedback: Shared experiences of working towards new recovery targets
Industry supporting recovery
Elevating Patient Care: How Generative AI Enhances Engagement and Treatment Outcomes
  • Latest research findings on Limbic Care, a generative AI care companion that actively engages patients between sessions to improve treatment outcome
  • Outline of the significant impact of Large Language Models in personalised therapy care and their application in clinical settings
Josh Cable-May, Clinical Lead and CBT Lecturer, Limbic
Sponsored presentation by SilverCloud by Amwell
Douglas Hiscock, Behavioural Health Lead, SilverCloud by Amwell
A novel approach to digital therapeutic for depression
Tim Pham, Medical Advisor in Digital Therapeutics, Otsuka
Questions and answers with your industry partners
Networking break
Improving recovery workshops
Each workshop will be 1 hour and 10 minutes made up of presentation and discussion or working through practical examples. Attendees can choose between the following:
  • 1 - Effective Adaptations for Neurodiversity
  • 2 - PTSD Informed Practice
Workshop 1: Delivering effective adaptions for autism
Practical guide to supporting reasonable adjustments and adaptations: working with autistic adults
  • Reducing barriers to access for autistic adults
  • Creating clear adaptations to encourage referrals, self-referrals and recovery
  • Practical considerations and adaptations to therapy sessions to increase therapeutic engagement
Ailsa Russell, Reader, Centre for Applied Autism Research, University of Bath
Interactive discussion: Scoping and delivering training to your workforce to upskill your team
  • What approach would you take to deliver effective sessions? How would you further your skills?
  • How can you incorporate opportunities to feedback? How could your service monitor outcomes?
Workshop 2: Supporting recovery through increased physical activity
Pilot Findings: Incorporating Physical Activity Interventions into NHS Talking Therapies
  • Explore workforce insight and service user impact from recent Sport England physical activity pilots
  • Learn how services can embed physical activity into existing treatment pathways
  • Understand what physical activity resources are available locally and nationally
Suzie Gittus, National Partnerships Lead - Health and Wellbeing Team, Sport England and Juliette Westbrook, Honorary Research Associate Clinical, Education and Health Psychology, University College London
Interactive discussion: Building physical activity pathways into Talking Therapies services
  • How can we make it easier for NHS TT services to offer PA as part of routine treatment offers
Networking lunch
Positive practical workshops
Each workshop will be 1 hour and 10 minutes made up of presentation and discussion or working through practical examples. Attendees can choose between the following:
  • 3 - Managing complexity
  • 4 - Assessment skills for Menopause
Workshop 3: Deciphering complexity to improve access, treatment and recovery
Managing complexity during your assessments
  • Defining complex needs and understanding complexity: what is and is not complexity?
  • Investigating how complexity can present in your assessments
  • Evaluating complexity presentations: during your assessments vs. historic complexity
Dr Naomi Fisher, Clinical Psychologist and EMDR-Europe Trainer, Naomi Fisher
Interactive discussion: Assessment and suitability: complexity in practice
  • Do you have any barriers to working with patients with complex needs?
  • What is your understanding of complexity?
  • How does that present whilst assessing patients? What tools would you use to help inform your practice?
Workshop 4: Improving your assessment approaches for the menopause
Ensuring effective and supportive interventions for menopause within the NHS TT remit
  • Understanding the phases of the menopause
  • Exploring the psychological symptoms of the menopause
  • Improving your assessment approaches to support this client group
Dr Helen Donovan, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Donovan Psychological
Interactive discussion: Practical approaches to support patients experiencing the menopause
  • How can we increase access and improve outcomes for patients experiencing menopausal symptoms?
  • How can we conduct sensitive and appropriate assessments? How can you improve your approach?
Networking break
Flourishing your workforce
How to replicate positive transformation for your NHS Talking Therapies service
  • Exploring effective senior PWP leadership structures to enable retention and growth
  • What does good leadership look like? Ensuring individual roles and responsibilities
  • Maintaining a supportive service for your workforce: how can we prevent burnout?
Heather Stonebank Quality Improvement Manager Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Networks, NHS England
Questions and answers with your speakers
Interactive discussion: Benchmarking best practice to meet new recovery targets
  • What initiatives has your service developed? What objectives did you set out to achieve?
  • Have you tried a service development strategy that did not work? What barriers did you face?
  • What would you like to see in the future? What steps can you take towards this?
Interactive discussion feedback: Benchmarking best practice to meet new recovery targets
Final reflections with canapes and drinks
Sponsored by Limbic
Presented by representatives from Limbic
Chairs closing remarks followed by close of day

Meet your speakers

Heather Stonebank

Quality Improvement Manager
Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Networks, NHS England

Suzie Gittus

National Partnerships Lead - Health and Wellbeing Team
Sport England

Dr Helen Donovan

Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Donovan Psychological

Kim de Jong

Assistant Professor
Leiden University

Josh Cable-May

Clinical Lead and CBT Lecturer

Tim Pham

Medical Advisor in Digital Therapeutics

Dr Ailsa Russell

Reader, Centre for Applied Autism Research
University of Bath

Douglas Hiscock

Behavioural Health Lead
SilverCloud by Amwell
user icon

Dr Naomi Fisher

Clinical Psychologist and EMDR-Europe Trainer
Naomi Fisher
user icon

Juliette Westbrook

Honorary Research Associate Clinical, Education and Health Psychology
University College London

Call for speakers

If you would like to give a presentation and share your work or the work of your service at this conference, we would be delighted to hear from you. 

To discuss speaking opportunities please email the conference producer Vanessa Pearce or call Vanessa on 01732 897788.

Expected attendees

Gain a national overview for developing your service, build new connections with like-minded professionals including Clinical Leads, Clinical Service Managers, Cognitive Behavioural Therapists and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. Talking Therapies National Networking Forums are delighted to be providing this annual conference to support your service’s progression. 

Past attendees feedback

Since 2020, “exceptional” courses have been delivered and welcomed over 1,000 attendees. Talking Therapies National Networking Forums are delighted to be providing this annual conference to support your service’s progression. Take a look at what last year’s attendees said:

quote icon
'Very engaging and informative. Gained some useful ideas and resources to share with the service'
- Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
quote icon
‘A very smooth and positive experience'
- Eastern Cheshire Talking Therapies
quote icon
'I found the content useful and has given me a great deal of information I can share with my team’
- Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
quote icon
‘Networking was an important part of the day and I was able to engage with many colleagues nationwide’
- Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
quote icon
‘It was very relevant to our service objectives. I gained some information about the national picture and enjoyed the content of the workshops, they were very informative and well led’
- Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
quote icon
‘It was helpful to learn from other services as to how they are managing challenges but also to hear that this is recognised nationally
- Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
quote icon
‘Very informative and inspiring’
- Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
quote icon
‘Informative and an opportunity to share ideas overall a positive experience’
- Worcestershire & Herefordshire NHS Talking Therapies
quote icon
‘Highly recommended for both content and organisation’
- Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust

Pricing structure

  • £199 + VAT for one NHS or public sector place before Friday 19th July 2024
  • £299+ VAT for one NHS or public sector place after Friday 19th July 2024

Commercial companies are invited to attend and sponsor this day. Please contact Sarah Kemm on 01732 897788 for further details.

Venue details

Venue name: Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury

Address: Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT

Tel: 0871 942 9222


Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury is situated near Russell Square Tube station on the Piccadilly Line, and is close to major transport hubs such as Kings Cross St Pancras station and Euston station, both of which are less than a mile away and reachable in five minutes by bus or taxi. You can also drive to Heathrow Airport (LHR) in 40 minutes.

DirectionsClick here to plan your journey using Google Maps

Accommodation suggestions: You can book your bedroom directly with the hotel using the above contact details (SBK Healthcare does not facilitate accommodation bookings). The venue is centrally located and there are a number of alternative places to stay. Availability for alternative accommodation can be identified by searching online, for example or and inputting the address and date of your visit.

Terms and Conditions

Registration fees
You will be sent an instant payment option or invoice on registration. Your payment is required in advance. If your fee has not been received prior to the event, and you are not able to provide a PO or proof of payment, you will be asked to make a credit or debit card payment on the day.
Modify registration

To let us know if your details are not correct when you have already registered, please email
Cancellations and substitutions

A full refund of fees will be made only for cancellations received within the first 48 hours of the booking being made. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing by emailing the bookings team at SBK Healthcare. Should you need to cancel your registration after this date, the registration fee remains payable in its entirety although a substitution will be accepted and conference documentation will be provided. Substitution attendees for delegates unable to attend after registering are acceptable at any time.
Conference changes

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the conference organisers to alter the content, speakers or the timing of the programme. We will endeavour to keep you abreast of such changes but any unavoidable change to the format will not constitute a reason to refund the fee. Should the event be postponed, we will endeavour to reschedule the event. If, for reasons beyond the control of the conference organiser, the event is cancelled, a full refund will be made. We do not accept any liability for any incurred costs resulting from a postponement or cancellation.
Certificate of attendance

A certificate for Continuing Professional Development will be given to every attendee, as a record of continuing professional training and development.
Privacy notices

To view the details on how your data is being collected and used, please view our Privacy policy.

Adding their unique perspectives, we are pleased to welcome our industry partners

A leading provider of evidence-based digital mental and behavioural healthcare solutions. Supporting 80% of NHS Talking Therapies Services, with up to 70% clinical recovery rates.

Limbic is the first UKCA-marked clinical assessment support tool for IAPT. Across 21 services, Limbic consistently frees up staff time, reduces costs, and improves patient experience and accessibility. Find out more from our founder, Dr Ross Harper on

Otsuka Pharmaceutical is a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy: 'Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide.' Our 34,400 employees channel their passion and commitment into aiming to improve the health of our patients, with a focus in Europe on therapies in mental health, nephrology, haemato-oncology, rare diseases, and digital therapeutics.

Why sponsor a Talking Therapies National Networking Forum

Our role at SBK Healthcare is to bring industry together with healthcare professionals so that you can educate and inform your audience. These trail-blazing talking therapies forums offer dedicated presentations, Q&A, networking and discussion time, each sponsor will be fully  immersed into the event and able to effectively engage with your NHS audience.

Interested in having your own event, managed by us?

SBK Healthcare also provides in-house forums. Working closely with you as the client we can research, produce, market and deliver the conference or online forum that best suits the audience and meets your goals.

Reach out today

If you would like more information on our sponsorship options an in-house forum or if you wish to discuss your needs and what solutions may be appropriate for your business, please contact:
Sarah Kemm
Contact: 01732 897788