About this section

The Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section’s purpose is to promote the knowledge and understanding of hypnosis and psychosomatic medicine.

All meetings and events run by this Section are open to anyone with an interest in hypnosis or psychosomatic medicine, however Section membership comprises professionals who fulfil the eligibility criteria. Training meetings are open only to professionals or students who fulfil the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility criteria

Those eligible to join this section must hold a first or higher degree in a relevant discipline such as medicine, dentistry or fields related to psychology and be employed in, or retired from, a health-related field such as medicine, psychology, dentistry or nursing.

Applications are invited from those registered with, for example, the BABCP, GMC, GDC, NMC, HCPC and University-based Academics.

The Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine Section is a constituent society of the European Society of Hypnosis. We support and endorse its Ethical Guidelines, and which all applications for membership of the Section will need to abide by.

If you are a member of the RSM and wish to join the Section, please email hypnosis@rsm.ac.uk

Upcoming events

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The Elliotson prize and lecture

Please note: This event was due to take place on Monday 27 April 2020 and has been postponed to Monday 10 May 2021. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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


Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section: Elliotson Prize 


  • First prize: £200 and an RSM certificate 
  • Second prize: £100 and an RSM certificate 
  • Third prize: £50 and an RSM certificate 

Submission deadline 

Sunday 14 March 2021

Open to

Trainees in hypnosis (those who are undertaking a training course, and those who are within one year of completing their course)

  • Clinical trainees in medicine, dentistry nursing or psychological fields
  • Students enrolled in related graduate academic courses
  • Those qualified in medicine, dentistry nursing or those in psychological fields

Shortlisted applicants must be available to attend the prize meeting and to present their submission on Monday 10 May 2021.     

Application guidelines

Entrants are invited to submit a case study or an essay of no more than 1000 - 1500 words in response to the following question: “Discuss the rationale for the use of the term hypnosis or hypnotherapy.”

Apply here

Section Council members

Section meetings and conferences are usually organised by members of the Section Council, led by the Section President and often in collaboration with specialist societies.


Dr Deborah Mairs-Houghton


David Kraft