About this event

  • Date and time Mon 23 Sep 2019 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Digital Health

Thought leaders, champions, professionals and patients who are on the front line dealing with adult mental health issues will discuss the mental effects caused by the use of digital technology as well as the benefits generated from doing so.

Expert speakers will consider the overall digital technology market in relation to mental health, and personal perspectives from young adults dealing with their mental fitness that can be adversely affected by the use of digital technologies such as social media platforms. 

This event is split into 3 parallel streams in the afternoon, the first covering digital tools that clinicians can use with their patients; the second explaining digital tools that adults and older people can use on their own to manage or improve their mental health; and the third looking at the academic evidence being generated on this topic.  

The afternoon sessions will also include interactive workshops, enabling delegates to try out the digital tools for themselves, understand the thinking behind them, and discuss the pros and cons of their use with the entrepreneurs who have created them, you may even get the chance to influence further development of these tools and develop ideas to create products of your own. 

Topics include: 

  • Explain current key mental health issues being faced by adults and older people
  • Explain the current types of NHS service provision in this domain with specific focus on the use of digital tools and techniques 
  • Explore how the NHS is using digital tools to improve the mental wellbeing of adults and older people, the lessons learned from their implementation, and how others can implement them 
  • Understand the range of digital tools and techniques available to manage and improve the mental health of adults and older people 
  • Provide an overview of the latest evidence that explores: 
    • How the use of digital technology may be adversely affecting the mental health of adults and older people
    • How the use of digital tools may be used to improve the mental health of adults and older people 
  • Showcase digital tools that clinicians can prescribe to their patients to help them manage their mental wellbeing

Join in the conversation on social media using #RSMDigiHealth

Key speakers

Mr Rob Stephenson

Mr Rob Stephenson

Mental Health Campaigner and Entrepreneur.

Speaker's biography

Rob Stephenson is a mental health influencer, campaigner, Board advisor and public speaker with the mission of inspiring the creation of mentally healthier workplaces. He experiences bipolar disorder personally.

Rob is the founder of Inside-Out.org which publishes the InsideOut LeaderBoard, smashing the stigma of mental ill-health by showcasing senior leader role models with lived experience.

Rob is also behind the InsideOut Mental Health Awards and the Leadership Charter and is the Chief Catalyst of BetterSpace.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Clive Flashman, President, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session one

Chair: Mr Clive Flashman, President, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Keynote: My journey to mental health

Mr Rob Stephenson, Mental Health Campaigner and Entrepreneur, Founder, Inside-Out.org

Decoding digital mental healthcare for the workplace

Mr Marcus Gardiner, Software Developer, Softwire

How technology-mediated access to digital identities and lives might affect mental well being

Mr Ed Godber, European Liaison, Hu-manity.co

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session two

Chair: Mr Loy Lobo, President Elect, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

A new way of working "Fly with AI"

Dr Ramin Nilforooshan, Consultant Psychiatrist, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Professor, University of Surrey

Getting digital right, wrong then (hopefully) right again – Experience from a global digital exemplar trust

Dr Nicola Byrne, Deputy Medical Director, Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) and Caldicott Guardian, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion

Session three: Interactive workshops

Clinician led chair: Ms Julia Ross, Health and Social Care Strategist, Patient led chair: Dr Michelle Tempest, Partner, Candesic, Research and academia chair: Ms Katherine Barbour, Digital Health Council Member, Royal Society of Medicine

Parallel workshop one
Clinician led: Digitalising the mental health act

Mr Arden Tomison, Founder, Thalamos

Patient led: ADAM – The evolution of digital and dementia

Ms Joyce Gray, Deputy Director of Technology, and Ms Gillian Anderson, Digital Lead, Alzheimer Scotland

Research and academia: Proportionate evidence standards for the effectiveness and economic impact of digital health technologies

Professor John Powell, Senior Clinical Researcher, University of Oxford

Parallel workshop two
Clinician led: Taking a population approach to digital mental health: Implementing digital therapeutics at scale

Dr Lloyd Humphreys, Head of Europe and Ms Collette Bird, Senior Product Marketing Manager, SilverCloud Health

Patient led: The importance of cognitive impairment in mental health

Mr Michael Morgan-Curran, Head of Commercial and Clinical Development, MyCognition Ltd

Research and academia: How technology can help people affected by dementia

Professor Payam Barnaghi, Professor of Machine Intelligence, University of Surrey

Tea and coffee break

Session four: Interactive workshops continued

Parallel workshop three
Clinician led: Our experiences and learning of implementing an online video platform in IAPT

Dr Clemency Jacques, Clinical Lead IAPT Services, Dr Julian Medical Group

Patient led: How I use data to manage my mental fitness

Ms Jana Dowling, CEO, Arkeo

Research and academia: Investigating overt aggression after brain injury: Setting up a study

Dr Lucia M Li, Clinical Lecturer in Neurology, Imperial College London

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Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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