Migrant mental health: Rights, access and advocacy


Saturday 23 June 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Public Engagement Programme


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about this event

In the face of the recent Panorama programme highlighting the mental distress and associated mistreatment of asylum seekers held in immigration detention, the mental health of migrants is extremely topical and a focus of public attention.

Enhance your knowledge on the clinical, legal and ethical issues that surround the area of migrant mental health by booking a place at this exciting topical meeting.

what to expect 

As well as addressing immigration detention and its effects on mental health, you’ll hear the migrant perspective to illuminate ethical, legal and practical aspects of recent changes to NHS policy that limits access to NHS care and extending the duty of health professionals to share patient data previously regarded as confidential.  

A panel format will bring together doctors, lawyers, third sector workers and migrants themselves – all with relevant direct experience – and enable extensive audience participation in discussion.

The final session (chaired by Dr John Chisholm, Chair of the BMA’s Ethics Committee) will examine how doctors can (and perhaps should) try and influence policy in this area to ensure that ethical principles are adhered to and that migrant care remains patient-centred.  

Key speaker

Professor Dinesh Bhugra is one of the most distinguished psychiatrists in the UK and currently President-elect of the British Medical Association. 

of interest to

Charities, social workers, allied healthcare professionals, academics, activists, government/policy/advocacy workers, doctors and medical students.

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9.30 am Registration, tea and coffee

10.00 am Welcome and introduction

10.15 am Keynote lecture

Professor Dinesh Bhugra, Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London

11.15 am Session one: Detention

Chair: Ms Kris Harris, Research and Policy Worker, Medical Justice

Patient experience

Professor Cornelius Katona, Medical and Research Director, Helen Bamber Foundation

Dr Bradley Hillier, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Hugh Grant-Peterkin, Specialist Registrar in Adult & Older Adult Psychiatry, East London NHS Foundation Trust

12.15 am Tea and coffee break

12.35 pm Session two: Access to care

Ms Sophie Neuburg, Executive Director, Medact

Dr Peter Gough, GP Volunteer and Trustee, Doctors of the World UK

Adam Hundt, Partner, Deighton Pierce Glynn

Laura Nellums, Researcher, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London


1.35 pm Lunch

2.35 pm Session three: Data sharing and confidentiality

Chair: Tom Southerden, Refugee Researcher, Amnesty International UK

Sam Grant, Advocacy and Policy Officer, Liberty

Marissa Begonia, Coordinator, Justice 4 Domestic Workers

Dr Pratheep Suntharamoorthy, Volunteer GP, Doctors of the World UK


3.35 pm Tea and coffee break

3.55 pm Session four: Moving forward

Chair: Dr John Chisholm, Chair, Medical Ethics Committee, BMA

Dr Jessica Potter, Clinical research fellow, Queen Mary University of London

Stephanie Harrison QC, Garden Court Chambers

Perico Rodriguez, Retired Casework Counsellor, Freedom from Torture

5.15 pm Closing remarks

5.20 pm Close of meeting

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For information on this event, contact Charlotte MannTel: 020 7290 3919 Email: public@rsm.ac.uk arrow