About this event

  • Date and time Thu 25 May 2023 from 8:30am to 5:05pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Sleep Medicine

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in the UK, which when untreated, is associated with significant daytime dysfunction, impairing mental health, careers and quality of life. NICE (2022) recommend Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) as the first line treatment for insomnia. Despite this, practical CBT-I teaching can be challenging for clinicians to access, limiting availability for patients.

By attending this event, you will learn how to deliver the most effective, evidence-based treatments for insomnia, including practical implementation of CBT-I and how to avoid common pitfalls. We will be holding small group teaching sessions for you to practice CBT-I with the aim of arming you with the confidence and practical tools to deliver therapy in your own clinical environment.

By attending, you will:

  • Learn about the core brief CBT-I techniques
  • Practice implementation of these techniques
  • Learn how to deal with common problems when delivering CBT-I

A tailored reading list of extra educational resources has been created by our library teams specifically for this event and will be made available to you. RSM members are able to access the full list of resources. To benefit from many of the resources in this list – become a member.

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We would like to thank our sponsor Idorsia for their support of this meeting. Please note that the main scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr David O’Regan, President, Sleep Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Brief interventions for cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I): What’s the evidence, and for which patients does it work?

Professor Jason Ellis, Professor, Sleep Science and Director, Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research, Northumbria University

CBT-I Psychoeducation: Why is it important and how do I teach my patients?

Dr Hugh Selsick, Consultant Psychiatrist and Sleep Specialist, Royal London Hospital, Integrated Medicine, University College Hospitals

Panel discussion
Sponsored Symposium: The societal and economic burden of insomnia: An international study

Dr Marco Hafner, Principal Health Economist and Senior Research Leader, RAND Corporation

Tea and coffee break

Small group session

Delivered by: 

Dr David O’Regan, Dr Hugh Selsick, Dr Kirstie Anderson, Consultant Neurologist, Newcastle’s Neurosciences Centre, Mrs Louise Berger, Occupational Therapist, Sleep Medicine, Royal Surrey Hospital Foundation Trust, Dr Jane Hicks, Consultant Psychiatrist and Sleep Physician, Dr Dipesh Mistry, Consultant Sleep Physician and Psychiatrist, Insomnia and Behavioural Sleep Medicine clinic, Royal London Hospital and Dr Luci Richards, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

Stimulus control
Sleep scheduling
Buffer zone
Cognitive techniques
Progressive muscular relaxation
Comfort break

Panel discussion: What do you need to start CBT-I in your practice?
National sleep outpatient pathway optimisation

Dr Alanna Hare, Consultant, Respiratory Failure and Sleep, Royal Brompton Hospital and Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Closing remarks
Close of meeting



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

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Wednesday 24 May 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time.

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