About this event

  • Date and time Mon 15 May 2023 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Medicine and Me

Visible difference and disfigurement affect 1 in 5 people in the UK, encompassing congenital conditions such as Treacher Collins syndrome and cleft palates to acquired conditions, including burns and scars. Despite its prevalence, there remains a lack of understanding and support available for the impact disfigurement has on someone’s mental health and general welfare.

During this webinar, run in association with Changing Faces, we will address the psychological impact of such conditions by examining recent academic research and hearing directly from people with lived experience discuss both positive and negative journeys within the healthcare system.

Together, we will share the knowledge required to improve patient wellbeing outcomes for those with a visible difference.

Attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • The psychosocial impact of living with a visible difference or disfigurement and how to recognise the signs
  • Interventions to support patients and their families, including skin camouflage, counselling and support for children
  • How Changing Faces can help clinicians and patients alike
  • Future routes for research


We would like to thank our anonymous donor for their generous support enabling this platform for patient focused charities and free access to the Medicine and Me series.

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered event participants up to 60 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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Welcome and introduction

Survey of psychological studies relating to visible difference and disfigurement, and the impact on mental health and wellbeing
The psychosocial impact of living with a visible difference
Person with lived experience
Question and answers
Comfort break
Interventions available for practitioners and patients
Person with lived experience
Services available from Changing Faces
Question and answers
Closing remarks
Close of meeting



Registration for this webinar will close 1 hour prior to the start timeLate registrations will not be accepted.  

The agenda is subject to change at any time 

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenters and RSM's discretion. 

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 

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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