Bringing together members and colleagues from the research, mental health and education sector, our annual CORC Forum features inspirational speakers, exciting topics and discussions and is the ideal event to expand your knowledge of mental health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people. 

Already confirmed in this year's programme is our keynote speaker Professor Miranda Wolpert MBE - Director of Mental Health at Wellcome, a global charitable foundation which supports science to solve urgent health challenges. Miranda will speak about Wellcome's £200 million ten-year priority mental health programme that will take a bold new approach to finding the next generation of treatments and approaches to prevent, intervene, manage and stop relapse of anxiety and depression in young people. CORC is one of a select number of teams commissioned by Wellcome to review the evidence underpinning aspects of these interventions.

CORC has been interested in the area of goal setting in mental health for some time and we are excited to feed into the wider strategy of Wellcome's Mental Health Priority Area and think about the nuances of what it is about goal setting that some people find useful, and others do not. During our annual Forum, CORC Research Lead Dr Jenna Jacob will talk about how goal setting contributes, or not, to good working relationships between practitioners and young people, which are considered to be a key components of good outcome. 

CORC Director Kate Dalzell will also be reflecting on the widening contexts in which we are now measuring mental wellbeing, and what we are learning in considering these outcomes in settings now spanning health, education, school, social care and culture. Kate will share recent findings from CORC’s data and our work with members and projects, as well as news of upcoming developments.

As part of this year's CORC Forum, we have a wide selection of focus sessions for our attendees to choose from. Each of the 45 minute focus sessions explores a different area of interest relating to mental health and wellbeing outcomes of children and young people. The sessions are led by specialist speakers with time for questions at the end. Once you've booked your CORC Forum ticket, we will provide you with the links to the focus sessions. We have Slot A (11:50 - 12:35) and Slot B sessions (12:40 - 13:25) that you can choose from. 

Slot A

  • Active Ingredients for preventing and supporting young people with depression and anxiety
  • Learning from an independent evaluation of the new Community Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Model
  • Being curious: outcome measures as tools for exploration. Learning from recent projects
  • New NHSE initiatives to forward outcome monitoring as a priority area within CYPMH and IAPT

Slot B

  • Early evidence: Coronavirus and children and young people’s mental health
  • Resilience interventions in schools and what young people think about drivers of wellbeing


Following on from our successful online Forum last year, this year’s CORC Forum will again take place online. We are looking forward to sharing regional, national and international mental health developments with our CORC members, Learning Network and colleagues.

The event will take place on Thursday, 25th November, from 09:30 - 13:30 GMT.

Recordings will be made available to CORC members and ticket holders after the event.


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Professor Miranda Wolpert MBE

Director of Mental Health at Wellcome

Professor Miranda Wolpert MBE is the Director of Mental Health at Wellcome, a global charitable foundation which supports science to solve urgent health challenges. Miranda joined Wellcome in 2019 to oversee a £200 million programme to help develop a new generation of treatments and approaches for young people with anxiety and depression. Her role was expanded in 2020, and she now leads all of Wellcome’s work on mental health, where our vision is of a world where no one is held back by mental health problems. Miranda is also Professor in Evidence Based Research and Practice at University College London (UCL). She founded the Evidence Based Practice Unit and led the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) - dedicated to bridging research and practice in youth mental health. Between 2012 and 2019, she was NHS England’s National Informatics Advisor for Children and Young People’s Mental Health.

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