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Update: the congress has been awarded 21 CME credits by the EACCME and the  American Medical Association. A full letter of accreditation can be found here  

Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found here.


Welcome from the Co-Chairs

The International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists is one of the most prestigious events in the World Mental Health Conference calendar. With 2500 delegates from over 40 countries and an extremely well received academic programme, the 2015 Birmingham Congress was the College's most successful to date.


In 2016, the International Congress comes to London with the theme Psychiatry: Brain, Body and Mind. Over the 3 1/2 days of the Congress, we will have an academic programme that includes13 keynote lectures and about 70 parallel sessions that cover a wide range of subjects, from core science to clinical psychiatry to policy areas.


Our keynote speakers represent a wide range of opinion leaders and academics including the 2014 Nobel Laureate for Medicine, Professor John O'Keefe who was unable to make it last year because of ill health but is going to be with us this time. Other speakers include the winner of the 2014 Brain Prize, Professor Trevor Robbins from the University of Cambridge, the Co-Director of the Wellcome Trust PhD programme at UCL Professor Sarah Jane Blakemore, the Chief executive of King's Fund Professor Chris Ham, the only Psychiatrist in the Time Magazine's most influential 100 people list for 2015, Professor Vikram Patel and the Psychologist behind the Nudge Unit at 10 Downing Street, Dr David Halpern. We will also hear from the President of the American Psychiatric Association  Dr Maria Oquendo, the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Professor Sir Simon Wessely, the Chair of Psychiatry at Maastricht Professor Jim van Os and the Chair of Psychiatry at University of California at San Diego Professor Dilip Jeste.  Finally, we have the man who combines literary merit and best-selling credentials, the author of Birdsong and Human Traces Sebastian Faulks, the distinguished  journalist John Sweeney on Screaming at Scientology and the one and only Jo Brand in conversation with the President.


In addition to these keynotes, there are a wide range of parallel sessions being presented by a truly international faculty and you do need to have a quick browse of the full programme to fully appreciate the breadth and richness of what is on offer. 


We are very grateful for the many suggestions and proposals from the College's inceptors, members, fellows and many well-wishers. In particular, we thank the representatives of patients and families whose input was particularly useful. Indeed it was their involvement and that of clinicians and academics from across the world that allowed us to put together the 2016 programme.


Please make sure you register early for the conference as availability is limited.


We do hope to see as many of you as possible in London from 27-30 June 2016.


Dr Regi Alexander & Professor Nick Craddock




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This year the International Congress is hosting for the first time in the United Kingdom the highly regarded exhibition “Registered, Persecuted, Annihilated : The Sick and Disabled Under National Socialism”  Read more here


Comments about International Congress 2015:

"Well worthwhile attending from Australia - invigorating content and renewed my professional enthusiasm. Good range of topics relevant for all Psychiatrists."

"I learned a lot about the current best practice, political agendas, pearls of wisdom from senior psychiatrists and more!"

"The choice of workshops and the topics covered were absolutely excellent. It meant that although I was only there for one day, I really felt that I got a great deal out of the visit."

"I am truly proud of my college."

"Great conference. Well run with great speakers, learnt lots, networked lots and feel inspired!"

"Brilliant, informative, enlightening."



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