17th Feb 2016

Measures for greater uptake – what do the experts think?


On Wednesday 11 February, MasterMind hosted the first of two Uptake Seminars to get input from high-level experts on how to increase uptake of the services deployed in the project. The seminar took place in Treviso, Italy and was structured around current challenges and successes in the project with direct feedback from the expert panel.

Six experts took part in the event, covering decision makers, policy makers, researchers, and pioneers in mental health and innovation.

The outcomes of the day include concrete advice on how to reach the right stakeholders, increase uptake, reach sustainability, and increase awareness of the project and eMental health in general. The discussions and learning points will be collected in a white paper to be delivered to the EC and disseminated through the project’s communication channels.

See the first vlog from the day here.

Expert CVs:

Geraldine Bienkowski

Geraldine Bienkowski trained as a Clinical Psychologist and worked for over 20 years in adult mental health services, latterly as Head of Psychology in Community and Primary Care in Edinburgh. In 2007 she moved to NHS Education for Scotland (the organisation which delivers training for healthcare staff in Scotland) to take up the newly created post as Lead for Psychological Therapies. She is involved in strategic planning for the training of multi-disciplinary staff in the delivery of a range of evidence-based psychological interventions, and sits on the Scottish Government Mental Health Delivery Team.

Dr. Miquel Casas

Director of Neuropsychodevelopmental Disorders Program a long life span (from 2015 at present). Institut Català de la Salut, Barcelona, Spain. Head of the Department of Psychiatry (from 2000 at present). Hospital Universitari Vall de Hebron, Barcelona, Spain. Full Professor of Psychiatry (from 1996 at present). Department of Psychiatry and Legal Medicine, School of Medicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. President of the International Dual Disorders Foundation (from 2013 at present).

Miquel Casas is developing his professional work in Adolescent and Adult psychiatry over 25 years, focusing his research on the neuropsychodevelopmental disorders (ADHD along life span, Borderline Personality Disorders, etc.) inducing vulnerability for academic failure, addictions, behavioural problems, traffic accidents, violence and criminality, etc. He is also involved in e-Health and m-Health projects in Barcelona.

Morten Elbæk Petersen

Morten Elbæk Petersen has been the CEO of the Danish eHealth portal, sundhed.dk, since it was founded in 2003. He has more than 20 years of management experience in public administration with a primary focus on implementing eHealth, quality development, prevention, and patient empowerment. The Danish eHealth portal pioneers open access to medical records, and is in this regard unique worldwide.

Morten Elbæk Petersen holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Social Science from the University of Southern Denmark. He also serves as an external lecturer and examiner for Public Health IT Masters programmes at Danish universities.

In 2015, he received the HIMSS eHealth Leadership Award.

Clayton Hamilton

Mr. Clayton Hamilton leads the eHealth and Innovation portfolio of the WHO European Region, providing support and strategic guidance to eHealth development and capacity building initiatives as a component of Health Information System Development and Health Information management in the region’s 53 Member States. With a background in ICT development and business management within WHO that spans a 19 year period, Mr. Hamilton works on broadening the awareness and benefits of strategic implementation of eHealth in Europe, linking with major international partners to build capacity in low and middle income countries and as a contributor to major national eHealth strategy development initiatives.

Dr. Stan Kutcher

ONS, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and Director World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Mental Health Policy and Training.
Dr. Kutcher is a renowned expert in adolescent mental health and leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, policy, and services innovation at the IWK Health Center and Dalhousie University. Recipient of numerous awards and honors for his work including: the Order of Nova Scotia, Excellence in Education Award (CACAP), Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacolgy Gold Medal, and the Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education. Currently focused on knowledge translation, improving mental health literacy and care in schools, and primary care, along with the development, application and evaluation of electronic youth mental health engagement, self-care and personal health record. Dr. Kutcher continues innovative youth mental health development and research across Canada and globally.

Chantal Van Audenhove

Prof. dr. Chantal Van Audenhove is full professor at the Department of Public Health of KU Leuven, and director of LUCAS, Centre for Care research and Consultancy of KU Leuven.
Her research topics concern shared decision making, care for persons with dementia, and community mental health care.

To see more photos from the day – and the MasterMind consortium meeting also held in Treviso – follow this link to flickr.