About this event

  • Date and time Mon 13 Dec 2021 from 3:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine

This hybrid event will provide insights into how hypnosis can be employed to reduce psychosocial distress in cancer patients. Practical details about how to carry out various interventions for cancer-related problems will be presented, and the evidence base to justify their use will be reviewed, with particular reference to clinical trials.

Finally, suggestions will be made for future research and clinical work. 

Professor Leslie WalkerEmeritus Professor of Cancer Rehabilitation at the University of Hull, UK, will present The David Waxman Memorial Lecture.

This event will also cover how the field of hypnosis stands to rapidly develop as a consequence of advances in neuroscience, neuroimaging, and the resurgence in interest in psychedelics in psychiatry. Could one-day hypnotic induction be psychedelic-facilitated, and the “trance state” engineered deliberately by neurotechnology (non-invasive neurostimulation) with the power to modulate brain frequencies in the desired “hypnotic band”. Science fiction or science future?

Dr Mayur BodaniConsultant Neuropsychiatrist, will discuss these (old) "new" fields and how they may both illuminate hypnosis now, and potentially advance hypnotic techniques and therapeutics to new heights in the future.

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In the last 40 years, there has been increased recognition that the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of cancer can be very stressful, and despite considerable investment in psychosocial support services, the incidence of psychosocial distress and psychiatric morbidity in patients with cancer remains stubbornly high.    

There is growing evidence that hypnotherapeutic interventions can be very helpful in minimising cancer-related distress; improving quality of life before, during and after treatment, and ameliorating various treatment side effects.   

There is also evidence that hypnotherapy and related interventions can produce measurable neuroendocrine and immunological changes which may have beneficial effects on post-surgical recovery and tumour progression. 

This hybrid event will cover:

  • To learn about the various hypnotic techniques used in order to reduce the progression of tumours and manage stress in cancer patients.  
  • To discover empirical evidence to support these techniques. 
  • To learn how hypnosis can have positive effects on the immune system and on neuroendocrine functioning.  

At the end of this meeting, there will be a delicious dinner where you will be able to network and relax. Please tick the dinner option when booking to attend. 

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Tickets

Standard pricing available until 12 December 2021.

Member

RSM Fellow
Day 1
£58.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Associate
Day 1
£34.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Retired Fellow
Day 1
£34.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Trainee
Day 1
£34.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
RSM Student
Day 1
£18.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)

Non - Member

Consultant / GP
Day 1
£106.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
AHP / Nurse / Midwife
Day 1
£63.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
Non Healthcare Professional
Day 1
£63.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
Trainee
Day 1
£63.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)
Student
Day 1
£33.00 Meeting
£55.00 Optional dinner
(optional)

Key speakers

Leslie G Walker

Professor Leslie Walker

Emeritus Professor of Cancer Rehabilitation at the University of Hull, UK

Speaker's biography

Until 2009 when he retired from the NHS and the University of Hull, he held the Foundation Chair of Cancer Rehabilitation and was the Clinical Lead for the Division of Cancer in the Postgraduate Medical Institute. He was also Director of the Oncology Health Service, and a founding member of the Faculty of the Hull York Medical School (HYMS). 

 

Since the 1970s, he has used hypnosis to treat a range of clinical problems, and he has carried out five randomised clinical trials to evaluate the effects of hypnotherapy, primarily in cancer-related distress.  He is a former Member of the Council of the British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis and, in 2015, was made an Honorary Life Member of the British Association for Clinical and Academic Hypnosis.   

 

Research interests include the psychoneuroimmunology of breast, brain, lung, and colorectal cancers; psychosocial aspects of cancer screening; psychosocial interventions to prevent psychological distress and psychiatric morbidity in people with cancer, and Li Fraumeni syndrome. 

 

Professor Walker has given numerous Invited Lectures and Keynote Addresses throughout the world, and he has over 300 publications to his name.  He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a former Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and the Society of Biology.   

 

For further information on Professor Walker please visit www.lgwalker.com. 

Dr Mayur Bodani

Dr Mayur Bodani

Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, NHS Trust, UK

Speaker's biography

Dr Mayur Bodani first became interested in hypnosis whilst working as a Specialist Registrar (SpR) at St Thomas’ Hospital, London with Professor Michael Kopelman, Professor of Neuropsychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, using benzodiazepines to abreact patients with psychogenic dissociative amnesias. As an SpR at Queen Square (National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery), whilst concurrently completing the University College London diploma in hypnosis applied to medicine, under Professor David Oakley, he demonstrated the technique to powerful effect in fully recovering patients with severe functional neurological disorders admitted to the Hughlings Jackson ward at Queen Square. He was trained in hypnosis by the late great Dr Tom Kraft, the father of the present President of the Hypnosis Section, Dr David Kraft. Dr Bodani set up and ran the NHS Neuropsychiatry Service in Kent from 2006. He is the past Vice-Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s Faculty of Neuropsychiatry

Dr Derek Tracy

Medical Director, West London NHS Trust and Senior Lecturer, King’s College London and University College London, UK

Speaker's biography

Dr Derek Tracy is the Medical Director of West London NHS Trust. He was previously the Clinical Director of a nationally innovative integrated directorate of adult social care, mental and physical health services in South East London.

 

His clinical work has generally been in crisis care; his team produced some of the first qualitative and patient-centred research on Home Treatment Teams and designed and ran an award-winning digitised patient reported outcome measurement (PROM) programme that has been profiled by NHS England.

 

Derek is a Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and University College London. He has published over one hundred peer-reviewed scientific papers and fifteen book chapters. His research interests include New Psychoactive Substances (‘legal highs’) and Derek is a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs that advises the Home Office on drug harms.

 

At the Royal College of Psychiatrists Derek is an elected member of the executives of the academic, evolutionary psychiatry, and occupational health faculties. With regards to the last of these, he has a particular interest in NHS staff well-being; in 2020 he was co-opted as one of the medical leads to design and run the mental health team at the London Nightingale hospital, providing on-site support to ITU staff during the pandemic.

 

He is the editor for public engagement at the British Journal of Psychiatry, writing its Kaleidoscope and Highlights columns, and running its social media output and trainee-engagement programme.

 

Derek is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists; he was a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

 

In 2015 he was awarded the Institute of Psychiatry’s Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2019 the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s “Communicator of the Year” award. 

Agenda

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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Welcome by: Dr David Kraft, President, Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine, Royal Society of Medicine

Introduction by: Dr Derek Tracy, Medical Director, West London NHS Trust and Senior Lecturer, King’s College London and University College London

Psychedelics in hypnosis: Is this for real?

Dr Mayur Bodani, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist

Dr Mayur Bodani first became interested in hypnosis whilst working as a Specialist Registrar (SpR) at St Thomas’ with Professor Michael Kopelman, Professor of Neuropsychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, using benzodiazepines to abreact patients with psychogenic dissociative amnesias. As an SpR at Queen Square, he demonstrated the technique to powerful effect in fully recovering patients with severe functional neurological disorders. He was trained in hypnosis by the late Dr Tom Kraft, the father of the present President of the Hypnosis Section, Dr David Kraft. Dr Bodani set up and ran the NHS Neuropsychiatry Service in Kent from 2006.

Panel discussion

Chaired by: Dr Derek Tracy, Medical Director, West London NHS Trust and Senior Lecturer, King’s College London and University College London

Tea and coffee break
The David Waxman Memorial Lecture: Hypnosis and Cancer: Quo Vadis?

Professor Leslie Walker, Emeritus Professor of Cancer Rehabilitation, University of Hull

Professor Leslie Walker held the Foundation Chair of Cancer Rehabilitation and was the Clinical Lead for the Division of Cancer in the Postgraduate Medical Institute until 2009 when he retired from the NHS and the University of Hull. He was also Director of the Oncology Health Service, and a founding member of the faculty of the Hull York Medical School (HYMS).

Panel discussion

Chaired by: Dr Sarah Partridge, President Elect, Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine 

Closing remarks

Dr David Kraft

Drinks reception
Dinner
Pre-registration required

Location

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

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

Registration for this event will close at 12:00am Sunday 12 December 2021Late registrations will not be accepted.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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