Psychiatry and crime

Tuesday 22 April 2008

Venue: The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

This conference will examine a number of issues of current importance and professional and public interest in forensic psychiatry. The aim is to provide an evidence based approach to the topics discussed, for a multidisciplinary audience.

The Jephcott lecture has been held at the Royal society of Medicine in honour of Sir Harry Jephcott, since 1959. In 2006, a one-day symposium was held on the theme of the lecture, and the same arrangement has been agreed for this 2008 symposium and lecture. The Royal Society of Medicine wishes to express its gratitude to Sir Neil Jephcott and family for their generous support.

Registration Details:
Fellow: £130
Associate: £100
Retired Fellow: £75
Trainee - Fellow: £75
RSM Student Member (limited first 10 applicants): £40
Nurse: £125
Allied Health Professional: £125
Specialist Registrar: £125
Non-Fellow: £240
Student: £55

CPD: 5 credits

If you would like to attend the Jephcott Lecture with Lord Carlile or the dinner to follow, please register separately at

Jephcott Symposium--Psychiatry and Crime

9.15 am

Registration & Coffee

9.45 am

Welcome Address
Dr John Scadding, Dean, RSM

SESSION ONE: Epidemiology and Causation
Chair: Dr John Scadding, Dean, RSM

9.50 am

Psychiatry and crime--the size of the problem
Professor Ian F Wall, President, Section of Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine, RSM

10.15 am


10.25 am

Damaged development and the propensity to criminal behaviour
Professor Sheilagh Hodgins, Institute of Psychiatry, London

10.50 am


11.00 am


SESSION TWO: The Form and Quality of Evidence
Chair: Professor Kam Bhui, President, Section of Psychiatry

11.20 am

False confessions
Professor Gisli H Gudjonsson, Institute of Psychiatry, London

11.45 am


11.55 am

The use of polygraphs
Professor Don Grubin, Newcastle University

12.20 pm


12.30 pm

Psychiatric risk assessment and the courts
Professor Tony Maden, Imperial College London

12.55 pm


1.05 pm


Chair: Professor Ian Wall, President, Section of Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine, RSM

2.05 pm

Psychiatric aspects of serial killers
Professor Michael Stone, Columbia University, New York

2.30 pm


2.40 pm

Diminished responsibility and psychiatric defences for murder and homicide
Professor Nigel Eastman, St George's Hospital and Medical School

3.05 pm


3.15 pm


SESSION FOUR: Mental Health and Crime
Chair: Professor Don Grubin, Newcastle University

3.35 pm

Psychological science, crime and the courts
Mr Kevin Kerrigan, Reader in Law, Northumbria University

4.00 pm


4.10 pm

Ethical dilemmas and confidentiality at the interface of criminal justice and mental health services
Dr Michael Wilks, Senior Forensic Medical Examiner, London

4.35 pm


4.45 pm


Chair: Baroness Ilora Finlay, President, RSM

6.30 pm

Psychiatry in the criminal law
Lord Carlile, QC

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