About this event

  • Date and time Mon 10 May 2021 from 5:30pm to 7:45pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine

This webinar will provide the opportunity for professionals to explore the rationale for the use of the term hypnosis or hypnotherapy in their work, and explore the application and promotion of hypnosis to improve patient care and wellbeing in the NHS.

The Elliotson prize will be awarded and three presentations provided by the first three prize winners. The presentations will debate the implications and appropriateness of the terms hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

After the prize presentations, Dr Sarah Partridge, Consultant Oncologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Dr Graham Kidd, Retired Consultant Psychiatrist, will provide an insightful lecture on 'Trance-forming the patient experience with the application of hypnosis across the NHS'.


By the end of this webinar you will have greater knowledge of:  

  • The rationale for the use of the term 'hypnosis' in your work 
  • How to promote the appropriate use of hypnosis in a variety of fields of physical and mental health 
  • The potential added value of hypnosis in the NHS 


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Key speakers

Dr Sarah Partridge

Consultant Oncologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Sarah Partridge has been a consultant clinical oncologist at Charing Cross Hospital (under the canopy of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust) since 2002. Having graduated from Guys and St.Thomas’ Hospital in 1990, achieving the Henry Myers prize in psychological medicine en-route, she found her medical niche within oncology. Her Clinical Oncology training integrated a research fellowship in Vancouver, Canada, between 1999-2000 contributing to insights regarding the effects of reversing tumour hypoxia. Here, her interests in psycho-oncology were re-ignited by learning more about neurolinguistic programming, which in turn led to her completing a diploma in clinical hypnotherapy in 2005 on her return to London. She went on to develop a service for cancer patients based at Charing Cross, as part of her role as lead for complementary therapy services. This has since evolved, to include a variety of service development initiatives aimed at enhancing recovery using self-hypnosis training and digital resources, including a website aspirationally named ‘Tranceform-Medical.com'. Her site specialities include Head and Neck malignancies and Thyroid cancer management where she routinely offers clinical hypnosis as an adjuvant intervention to empower patient self-care and improve side-effects of treatment and wellbeing.


As well as her clinical work, Sarah has training roles within the Royal College of Radiologists and contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate medical education for the Imperial Medical School.


As a member of the council for Hypnosis & Psychosomatic medicine at the RSM, she is an enthusiastic supporter of expanding the wider education regarding hypnosis, which could do so much more within almost all areas of medicine, given its powers to enhance the therapeutic relationship, import the benefits of the placebo effect, and activate the relaxation response associated with the light trance state.

Dr Graham Kidd

Retired Consultant Psychiatrist 

Speaker's biography

Dr Graham Kidd trained at St Bartholomew's Hospital. After 5 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps, he trained in Psychiatry at St Thomas' Hospital. He then gave consultancy in NW Surrey until 2006. Since then, Dr Kidd has joined a private practice as a Psychotherapist, specialising in psychological trauma. He is trained in CBT, CAT, EMDR and Hypnosis.


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Section annual general meeting

Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section members only

Welcome and introduction

Dr Deborah Mairs-Houghton, President, Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session one: Elliotson prize presentations

Hypnosis or hypnotherapy - examining the language of treatment

Amelia Georgiana van Manen

The rationale for the use of the term hypnosis or hypnotherapy

Simon Manjooran

Discuss the rationale for the use of the term hypnosis or hypnotherapy

Mohammed Dungarwalla

Comfort break

Session two: Elliotson lecture

Trance-forming the patient experience with the application of hypnosis across the NHS

Dr Sarah Partridge, Consultant Oncologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Dr Graham Kidd, Retired Consultant Psychiatrist

Question and answer session
Announcement of prize winner
Closing remarks
End of webinar



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

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