About this event

  • Date and time Mon 17 Apr 2023 from 11:30am to 8:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine, Anaesthesia, British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH), British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis (BSMDH)

British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH) joint conference with the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis (BSMDH).

This event is run in association with the RSM Anaesthesia Section.

Join us for an event exploring how simple, effective hypnotic techniques can be utilised in anaesthesiology to improve the patient’s overall experience.

Our speakers will discuss informal methods, including the impact of incorporating conversational hypnotic language in everyday practice, as well as more advanced theories, such as the use of patient-generated imagery in pre- and post-operative care.

There will also be time allocated to critically evaluate the new hypnotic recordings used by the Royal Collage of Anaesthetists when preparing patients for surgery.

Attendees will be able to:

  • To understand the importance of hypnotic communication in the clinical setting, particularly avoiding nocebo suggestion
  • Learn informal techniques that can be utilised in practice – of particular benefit to busy anaesthetists
  • Examine current hypnotic theories and the evidence behind them
  • Understand and evaluate the new RCoA recordings

Please note that, although this event focusses on the evidence relating to, and the application of, hypnosis in anaesthesia, this meeting is of relevance to all healthcare professionals and allied health professionals.

 

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Tickets (In Person)

Early Bird pricing available until 06 March 2023.

Member

RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £24.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£141.00 £84.00 £84.00 £44.00

Tickets (Virtual)

Early Bird pricing available until 06 March 2023.

Member

RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£72.00 £43.00 £43.00 £43.00 £23.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£132.00 £79.00 £79.00 £41.00

Key speakers

Dr Simon Tunstill

Dr Simon Tunstill

Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Berkshire Hospital

Speaker's biography

Dr Simon Tunstill has been a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital since 2011. Having always been interested in the psychology of medicine and how interactions between healthcare professionals and patients can be enhanced by optimal communication, he undertook the Advanced Professional Diploma in Medical Hypnosis with the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis in 2018. Since then, his interest has focused on the informal use of psychological and hypnotic principles incorporated into communication during everyday clinical practice to enhance patient experience. He regularly teaches multidisciplinary colleagues locally and has spoken nationally at various Association of Anaesthetists events on this subject. 

Dr Kate Berry Nee Robinson and Dr Samantha Black

Dr Kate Berry and Dr Samantha Black

Consultant Anaesthetist, Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust 

Consultant Paediatric and Perioperative Anaesthetist

Speaker's biography

Dr Kate Berry

 

Dr Kate Berry studied medicine at Leeds University and graduated in 2010. She completed anaesthesia training and became a consultant in 2022. She currently work as a locum consultant at the Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust, specialising in trauma, orthopaedics and ENT. Dr Berry studied hypnosis with BSCAH (British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis) during the early part of the pandemic and completed the graduate certificate in clinical hypnosis in 2021. Since then, she has been using hypnotic techniques to help patients, friends and family. 

 

Dr Samantha Black

 

Dr Samantha Black is a Consultant Paediatric and Perioperative Anaesthetist with a specialist interest in pre-assessment and anxiety management. She is the Royal College of Anaesthetists Patient Information Lead and is also part of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland Perioperative Care Group. Dr Black also recently co-wrote the first national paediatric pre-assessment guidelines. 

Mr Mike Stylianou and Dr Philip Cunnington

Mr Mike Stylianou and Dr Philip Cunnington

Senior Operating Department Practitioner and Assistant Practice Educator, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Speaker's biography

Mr Mike Stylianou

 

Mr Mike Stylianou has a special interest in education, performance enhancement and anxiety management. With more than 18 years experience as a hypnotherapist, he is BUPA (British United Provident Association) registered and has practised at the Priory Hospital for over 20 years. He is part of the Great Ormond Street Practice Education Team and lectures at London South Bank University. Mr Stylianou is a co-founder of POEMS (Positive Outcome and Experience Management Strategies) For Children, a Director of POEMS For Children Limited, a Trustee of The POEMS For Children Charity, a member of The Institute for Learning, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Art, a member of The Royal Institute of Philosophy and a member of BSCAH (British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis). 

 

Dr Philip Cunnington

 

Dr Philip Cunnington has completed a comprehensive training in hypnotherapy at The BST Foundation where he graduated with distinction. He has a specialist interest in education, the management and prevention of procedure-related anxiety, performance anxiety—with a particular interest in examination stress, giving interviews and presentations. He is a co-founder of POEMS for Children, a Director of POEMS For Children Limited, a Trustee of The POEMS For Children Charity, a Member of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine. 

Dr Mia van Manen

Dr Mia van Manen

Anaesthetic Registrar, Oxford University Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Following a degree in the Biological Sciences, and after working as a Marine Ecologist with indigenous fishing communities in remote parts of Indonesia, Dr Mia van Manen undertook an MPhil in Medical Anthropology, writing a thesis focusing on embodiment and cross-cultural experiences of ageing. The public health aspect of anthropology led her to clinical medicine, and then onto anaesthetics and critical care. Having experienced the benefits of hypnosis for patients first hand whilst working with Dr Simon Tunstill at Royal Berkshire Hospital, she went on to work with Dr Paul Slater at Northampton General Hospital. She undertook the PGCert in Clinical Hypnosis, using and developing hypnotic techniques for both patients and staff in critical care during the Covid pandemic. She was the 2021 winner of the Royal Society of Medicine Elliotson Prize in Hypnosis. Dr Mia van Manen is currently undertaking a research fellowship in Anaesthetics, with a special interest in pre-hospital medicine, trauma and regional anaesthesia, while using and teaching hypnotic communication skills.  

Agenda

View the programme (in person)

Registration and lunch
Welcome and introduction

Dr David Kraft, President, Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine, Dr Wim Blancke, President, Anaesthesia Section, Royal Society of Medicine, Dr Jane Boissiere, President, British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis and Dr Raj Jayawardena, President, British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis

Therapeutic communication for the anaesthetist

Dr Simon Tunstill, Anaesthetist, Royal Berkshire Hospital

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Anne Blyth, Consultant Anaesthetist, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

An evidence base for the use of hypnosis in anaesthesia: The current climate

Dr Mia Van Manen, Anaesthetic Registrar, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Devin Terhune, Reader in Experimental Psychology, King's College London

Tea and coffee break
Periop anxiety and the use of hypnosis recordings for patients: Guided imagery, suggestions of health and well being

Dr Samantha Black, Patient Information Lead, Royal College of Anaesthetists

Hypnosis as an adjunctive tool in clinical practice - case study

Dr Kate Robinson, Consultant Anaesthetist, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Anne Blyth

Tea and coffee break
Conversational hypnotic communication in the paediatric setting: Optimising the patient’s experience

Mr Mike Stylianou, Senior Operating Department Practitioner, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and Director and Co-Founder, POEMS for Children and Dr Philip Cunnington, Consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and Director and Co-Founder, POEMS for Children

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Anne Blyth

Plenary symposium

Chair: Dr Anne Blyth

All speakers

Closing remarks

Dr David Kraft and Dr Wim Blancke

Close of meeting
Drinks reception and high tea
View the programme (virtual)

Welcome and introduction

Dr David Kraft, President, Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine, Dr Wim Blancke, President, Anaesthesia Section, Royal Society of Medicine, Dr Jane Boissiere, President, British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis and Dr Raj Jayawardena, President, British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis

Therapeutic communication for the anaesthetist

Dr Simon Tunstill, Anaesthetist, Royal Berkshire Hospital

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Anne Blyth, Consultant Anaesthetist, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

An evidence base for the use of hypnosis in anaesthesia: The current climate

Dr Mia Van Manen, Anaesthetic Registrar, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Devin Terhune, Reader in Experimental Psychology, King's College London

Comfort break
Periop anxiety and the use of hypnosis recordings for patients: Guided imagery, suggestions of health and well being

Dr Samantha Black, Patient Information Lead, Royal College of Anaesthetists

Hypnosis as an adjunctive tool in clinical practice - case study

Dr Kate Robinson, Consultant Anaesthetist, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Anne Blyth

Comfort Break
Conversational hypnotic communication in the paediatric setting: Optimising the patient’s experience

Mr Mike Stylianou, Senior Operating Department Practitioner, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and Director and Co-Founder, POEMS for Children and Dr Philip Cunnington, Consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and Director and Co-Founder, POEMS for Children

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Anne Blyth

Plenary symposium

Chair: Dr Anne Blyth

All speakers

Closing remarks

Dr David Kraft and Dr Wim Blancke

Close of meeting

Location

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

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on 16 April 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

The agenda is subject to change at any time 

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