Medicine and me: Your mental health as a doctor


Saturday 10 March 2018

Half Day

Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Medicine and Me , Royal Medical Benevolent Fund


4 CPD Points

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about this event

This event gives doctors and medical students the chance to offer their perspective on how to improve mental health care for those working in medicine. It will also provide an outline of current best practice and examine many key issues around mental health from both the doctor’s and patient’s perspective, including regulation, addiction issues and why doctors are reluctant to seek help.

Held in collaboration with the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, the event will bring together a panel of speakers including RMBF President Professor Dame Parveen Kumar and RMBF CEO Steve Crone, as well as Professor Clare Gerada of the Practitioner Health Programme and RSM President Professor Sir Simon Wessely.

Attendance is free for patients, carers and their family members, as well as medical students, trainee doctors and trainee health professionals. For doctors there is an early bird discount before 10th February. RSM members can also book at a reduced rate.


The Medicine and Me meetings aim to provide an outline of current best practice and future updates on important conditions and to give direct voice to patients and their carers, enabling them to discuss their concerns and reflections on the impact of diagnosis, investigation and management. Physicians and surgeons and indeed all healthcare professionals continue to learn from and be inspired to greater efforts to improve care by hearing directly from patients.

early bird price

Patients, their carers and family members attend for free. Medical students and trainee doctors/trainee healthcare professionals can also attend Medicine and me meetings for free.

RSM member rates: £15 - £45

Non member rates: £25 - £75

* Following registration you will be contacted appropriately by email with your booking confirmation, feedback survey and attendance certificate. For full details of the RSM privacy policy, click here

*Programme is subject to change


12.30 pm

Registration, tea and coffee

12.55 pm

Welcome address

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President, Royal Society of Medicine

Session 1

Professor Sir Simon Wessely

1.00 pm

Mental health in doctors and other occupations: The tip of the iceberg

Miss Heather Mellows, Vice-Chair, Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

1.20 pm

Mental health in medical students

Dr Raj Persaud, Emeritus Visiting Professor for Public Understanding of Psychiatry, Gresham College, Visiting Senior Lecturer, University of Buckingham Medical School and Broadcaster

1.40 pm

Questions and answers

Session 2

Dr Tony Garelick, Director of DocHealth, BMA

1.50 pm

Recognising the signs and symptoms

Dr Henrietta Bowdon-Jones, Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London joined by Dr Tamsin Cargill, Trainee Doctor

2.20 pm

Why doctors are reluctant to seek help

Professor Clare Gerada, Medical Director, Practitioner Health Programme and Medical Director, GP Health Service

2.40 pm

Questions and answers

2.50 pm

Tea and coffee break

Session 3

Mr Steve Crone, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

3.20 pm

Medical narcissism

Dr Richard Stevens. Acting Co-director, Thames Valley Professional Support Unit and Retired GP

3.40 pm

Patient perspective

Dr Richard Gorrod

4.00 pm

The mental health impact of complaints and referral to the GMC

Dr Maria Jalmbrant, Clinical Psychologist

4.20 pm

Questions and answers

Session 4

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar

4.30 pm

GMC - friend or foe? The complex relationship between doctors, mental health and regulation

Ms Mary Agnew, Assistant Director for Standards and Guidance, GMC

4.50 pm

Panel: Where to go for help

Mr Tom Rapanakis, Service Coordinator, BMA Doctors for Doctors Service, Dr Tony Garelick and Mr Steve Crone

5.10 pm


5.40 pm

Closing remarks

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar

5.45 pm

Close of meeting

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For information on this event, contact Charlotte MannTel: 020 7290 3919 Email: arrow