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

Mr Steve Crone, CEO, Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

1.00 pm

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

1.20 pm

Patient perspective

1.30 pm

Mental health in medical students

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

1.50 pm

Patient perspective

2.00 pm

Questions and answers

Session 2

Dr Tony Garelick, DocHealth

2.10 pm

Recognising the signs and symptoms

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Division of Brain Science, Imperial College London

2.30 pm

Medical narcissism

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

2.50 pm

Addiction or misuse? Experience of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme

3.10 pm

Patient perspective

3.20 pm

Questions and answers

3.35 pm

Tea and coffee break

Session 3

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President, Royal Society of Medicine

3.55 pm

Patient perspective

4.05 pm

The mental health impact of complaints and referral to the GMC

Dr Maria Jalmbrant, Clinical Psychologist

4.25 pm

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

4.45 pm

Questions and answers

Session 4

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar

5.00 pm

Why doctors are reluctant to seek help

Professor Clare Gerada, Medical Director, PHP

5.20 pm

Where to go for help

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

5.40 pm


6.00 pm

Closing remarks

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President, Royal Society of Medicine

6.05 pm

Close of meeting

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For information on this event, contact Karina ZorlakkisTel: 020 7290 3846 Email: arrow