About this event

  • Date and time Tue 14 Jan 2020 from 8:45am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Psychiatry

This event will take a detailed look at the history of mental health and psychiatry in British society between the years of 1960-2010. Focusing on what happened to public mental health services during this time.

Public experiences of mental health issues will be examined, along with those who were affected by individuals such as; family, other informal carers, formal carers and mental health professionals within the broader social context.

Topics include:  

  • Review the social history of psychiatry and mental health during 1960-2010
  • The mutual influence between psychiatry and social change during 1960-2010
  • Investigate the experiences of mental health service users and their informal carers during 1960-2010, and relate this to professional and societal aspirations at the time
  • To offer an opportunity to clinicians, historians, policymakers to reflect and enhance sensitivity to mental health service users and their informal carers' needs, experiences and preferences

The half-century of 1960-2010 is a hugely interesting and distinct period in the history of Britain. This time period is characterised by increasing dominance of ideologies of social liberalism, free markets and practices of economic neo-liberalism and globalisation - it also coincides with de-institutionalisation and community care in mental health care. 

It has been argued that we have now moved into a new era of meta-community psychiatry. In the last decade, the explosion of big data and new social media has brought us to a radically different phase, perhaps a 4th industrial revolution?


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Registration, tea and coffee
Opening of conference

President of Section of Psychiatry Royal Society of Medicine

Session One: The social context 1960-2010

Chair: George Ikkos

Historical Perspectives of Mental Health & Psychiatry in British Society

Joanna Bourke

Social Liberalism, Free Market Ideology and British Society 1960-2010

Robert Skidelsky

Question and answer session
Tea and coffee break

Session two: The health policy context

Chair: Nick Bouras

The UK Welfare State - The Five Giants

Nicholas Timmins

Before community care: de-institutionalisation and health economics in Britain 1960-1993

Charles Webster

Question and answer session

Session three: The roots of change

Chair: Tom Burns

Asylums, Social Exclusion and Scandals

Louise Hide

The case of community psychiatry: myths and reality

Trevor Turner

Question and answer session
Tea and coffee break

Session four

Chair: Claire Hilton

Service use, networking and survival

Diana Rose

Carers perspective

Paul Farmer

Question and answer session
Summing up
Completion of evaluation forms and close of meeting


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

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