APPG Inquiry into 'parity of esteem'

The inquiry will comprise three oral evidence sessions, focusing on the following areas: 

• Session 1: Reducing premature mortality for people with mental health problems (29 January 2014)
• Session 2: Improving the quality of mental health emergency care (4 March 2014)
• Session 3: Mental wellbeing as a public health priority (May 2014)

In addition to oral evidence sessions, we are asking to hear from people with mental health problems, carers, healthcare professionals and other key stakeholders about their views on the above topics.

Having already looked at premature mortality in the first meeting, the quality of mental health emergency care will be the focus of the second meeting on 4 March 2014. The call for submissions of evidence received 315 responses. You can read a full report of these responses here

At the emergency mental health care oral session, chaired by James Morris MP, the group will hear from:

  • Rt Hon Damian Green, Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims
  • Sue Goddard, expert by experience
  • Vicky Skeldon, Crisis Service Manager Making Space
  • Dr Ann Hicks, Emergency Department Consultant and Trust Lead for Mental Health and Liaison services
  • Robert Cole, Head of Clinical Services at West Midlands Ambulance Service and Mental Health lead
  • Christina Jones, Metropolitan Mental Health Lead

if you have any questions about the inquiry, please contact Andy Kempster ( 


Previous Evidence Sessions

The group previously held an evidence session on Premature Mortality on 29 February 2014.

You can find a report about the evidence the group recieved for this session, along with its trancscript below:

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