The inaugural Elliotson prize and lecture


Monday 30 April 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section


1 CPD Point

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about this event

The Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section will be hosting their first ever prize meeting in honour of John Elliotson (1791-1868) who introduced ‘mesmerism’ to the UK.

The evening meeting will consist of presentations from the Elliotson prize and a key note lecture from Dr Devin Terhune, Senior Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London on the latest research in individual responsiveness to hypnosis.

This meeting will also provide a key networking opportunity for current, new and prospective Section members. 


  • Understand measurement of individual differences in response to hypnosis
  • Know about limitations of standard measurement methods.
  • Understand current issues and controversies in the measurement in clinical and experimental hypnosis.

*Registration will close on Tuesday 24 April 2018

RSM member: £10

Non member: £20

*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.

who should attend?

The event is open to all healthcare professionals.

elliotson prize

Entrants are invited to submit a case study or an essay of no more than 750 words in response to the following question: Hypnosis – a complementary therapy or clinical tool? Discuss

Submission deadline: Sunday 22 April 2018
Prize: Three successful applicants will then be selected to present at the Section's prize evening on Monday 30 April 2018 for a chance to win the prize.

  • 1st: £200 and RSM certificate
  • 2nd: £100 and RSM certificate
  • 3rd: £50 and RSM certificate

Open to: Trainees in hypnosis (those who are undertaking a training course, and those who are within one year of completing their course)

  • Clinical trainees in medicine, dentistry nursing or psychological fields
  • Students enrolled in related graduate academic courses
  • Those qualified in medicine, dentistry nursing or those in psychological fields


Shortlisted applicants must be available to attend the prize meeting and to present their submission. 


4.15 pm


Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section members only

5.15 pm


5.30 pm

Welcome and introduction

Dr Raj Lal Sharma, President, Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session one: Ellitoson prize presentation

5.40 pm

Presentation 1

5.50 pm

Presentation 2

6.00 pm

Presentation 3

6.10 pm

Tea and coffee break

Session two: Elliotson lecture

6.40 pm

Elliotson lecture

Dr Devin Terhune, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London

7.30 pm

Announcement of prize winner

7.35 pm

Closing remarks

7.45 pm

Drinks reception

register for this event

  • Registration is now closed for this meeting
  • On the day registration will be available
  • RSM member: £10
  • Non member: £20


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organiser's details

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