About this event

  • Date and time Tue 20 Apr 2021 from 8:30am to 5:15pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by General Practice with Primary Healthcare

Responding to and supporting people of all ages with mental health issues in primary care is becoming increasingly challenging. Whilst there is a rise in public awareness and government policy of the need to promote mental health and improve access to services the reality is there remains problems with access and the quality of care experienced by service users.

This meeting seeks to empower clinicians, commissioners and service users in responding to current mental health challenges in primary care through partnership.
It brings together service users, practitioners, researchers, academics, commissioners and service providers wishing to transform the experience of mental health care provision.

The learning objectives of this meeting are as follows:

• To enhance participants understanding, skills and knowledge in partnership, economics and practical approaches to innovative service development and delivery
• Outline approaches to bridging primary and secondary care support needs
• To negotiate uncertainty within mental health consultations, emerging clinical and arts-based innovations
• Respond to the needs of people with Learning Disabilities and Mental health


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Early Bird pricing available until 09 March 2021.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Trainee RSM Retired Fellow RSM Student
£95.00 £55.00 £55.00 £55.00 £30.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Non Healthcare Professional Student
£150.00 £75.00 £75.00 £75.00 £45.00


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Registration, tea and coffee

Session one: Policy, Economics and Practicalities of Developing Services

Chairs Welcome

Dr Andrew N Papanikitas FRCGP, PhD, President of the General Practice with Primary Care Section at Royal Society of Medicine and Senior Clinical Researcher, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

The service user movement – past, present and future

Anne Beales MBE, Non-executive Director Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, Founder Member of the National Survival User Network, NHS Confederation Mental Health Network Consultant

Sustaining the joy; What can Mental health and the Humanities teach clinicians about sustaining professionalism?

Marie Allitt, Research Fellow, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford

Making the Economic Case for investing in Prevention of Mental Illness across the Lifespan

Dr David McDaid, Associate Professorial Research Fellow in Health Policy and Health Economics within Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics

How to Grow Services in a time of Austerity

Krishna Maharaj, Former Director, City and Hackney MIND

‘Filling the Chasm’ Reimagining Primary Health care. bridging the gap between primary and secondary care- innovative approaches

Dr Karen Newbigging, Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Policy and Management, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham

Tea and coffee break

Session two: "Just around the Corner" ….Clinical Innovations

Negotiating and navigating uncertainty in the Mental Health Consultation in General Practice


Body Psychotherapy and its effectiveness with long term Mental Health Conditions

Frank Rohricht, Consultant Psychiatrist, Queen Mary University of London, Associate Medical Director Research & Innovation East London NHS Foundation Trust

Stress, Pathogenesis of Psychiatric Disorders and Possibilities of anti-inflammatory Treatment

Dr Valeria Mondelli, President of the Psychiatry Section, Royal Society Medicine


Session three

Chair: Theresa Nash-Patel, Service User and Associate Professor Nursing

Books Beyond Words ; Putting People with Learning Disabilities at the Centre of Primary and Community Mental Health Care : Improving Access and Support

Baroness Hollins of Wimbledon and Grenoside, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability, St George's University of London, and Honorary Professor of Spirituality and Health in the Centre for Spirituality, Theology & Health, University of Durham

Session four: Workshops

Choose two of the four workshops at registration

Workshop A: Medication Reviews for Common Mental Health Conditions

Mohammed Harb

Chair: Jeshni Amblum, Clinical Director, Belmatt Healthcare

Workshop B: What to do when you don’t know what to do; Managing uncertainty through collaborative approaches

Dr Avril Danczak, Primary Care Medical Educator and Trainer, Health Education England (North West)

Chair: Theresa Nash-Patel

Workshop C: Substance misuse and co-dependency; How to understand co-dependent behaviour

Dr Ingrid Bacon, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, Kingston and St George's University of London, Visiting Lecturer, University of São Paulo

Chair: Kathryn Yates

Workshop D: Two worlds; Exploring how the arts can enhance well-being and social resilience

Hannah Fosker​, Education and Community Director, The Old Vic Theatre

Tea and coffee break
Workshop rotation
Practising in the ‘grey’ closing summary

Dr Andrew N Papanikitas

Close of meeting


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

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