About this event

  • Date and time Tue 14 Jan 2020 from 8:45am to 5:10pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Psychiatry, History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group (HoPSIG)

This event will take a detailed look at the history of mental health and psychiatry in British society between the years of 1960-2010, 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 neoliberalism and globalisation - it also coincides with de-institutionalisation and community care in mental health. 

The meeting will focus 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 - individuals, 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

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Standard pricing available until 13 January 2020.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£96.00 £66.00 £66.00 £66.00 £45.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee HoPSIG RCPsych Consultant HoPSIG RCPsych AHP/Nurse/Midwife HoPSIG RCPsych Trainee Student HoPSIG RCPsych Student
£160.00 £110.00 £110.00 £96.00 £66.00 £66.00 £60.00 £45.00


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Registration, tea and coffee
Opening of conference

Dr Valeria Mondelli, President of Section of Psychiatry Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session one: The social context 1960-2010

Chair: Professor George Ikkos, Director “Psychiatry in Dialogue with Neuroscience Medicine and Society” RSM Section of Psychiatry

Historical perspectives of mental health and psychiatry in British Society

Professor Joanna Bourke, Professor of History, Birkbeck College

Asylums, social exclusion and scandals

Dr Louise Hide, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, Birkbeck College

Question and answer session
Tea and coffee break

Session two: Policy context: Mental health economics and law

Chair: Professor Nick Bouras, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

Legalism, paternalism, public protection, autonomy: Evolution of mental health law principles 1958-2010

Professor George Szmukler, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Society at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.

De-institutionalisation and health economics in Britain 1960-2010

Professor Paul McCrone, Professor of Health Economics, King's College London

Question and answer session

Session three: The wheels of change

Chair: Professor Tom Burns, Emeritus Professor of Social Psychiatry, Oxford University

The case of community psychiatry: myths and reality

Dr Trevor Turner, Consultant Psychiatrist, East London NHS Foundation Trust

Fear and public concerns: The origins of the DSPD programme

Professor Peter Tyrer, Professor of Community Psychiatry, Imperial College London

Question and answer session
Tea and coffee break

Session four: Experiencing de-insitutionalisation and community care

Chair: Dr Claire Hilton, Old Age Psychiatrist, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Service use, networking and survival

Mr David Gilbert, Director of InHealth Associates

Carers perspective

Mr Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind

Question and answer session
Closing remarks

Dr Valeria Mondelli

Completion of evaluation forms and close of meeting


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

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