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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

South West Division Biannual Meetings

High quality scientific conferences are held in the spring and autumn with the spring meeting being held in Totnes and the autumn meeting held in Bristol.


Forthcoming Meetings



Autumn Biannual Meeting 2016

Friday 18 November 2016 - Mercure Holland House Hotel, Bristol
Uncommon psychiatric presentations

Our next meeting is entitled 'Uncommon psychiatric presentations'.  By uncommon, we mean clinical presentations most of us do not come across in our day to day clinical practice.  Uncommonly encountered they may be, they are not unimportant. In this meeting, we will bring together leading experts to share insights to understand and manage some of these uncommon presentations.


Dr Dheeraj Rai has put together an excellent agenda for the day and speakers include:

Dr Niraj Ahuja
Dr Christopher Bass
Dr Anish Patel
Professor Paul Salkovskis
Professor David Veale
Professor Kevan Wylie

You can secure your place for this event by posting your completed registration form to the Division Office along with a cheque, pay online below or call the Division Office on 01761 463979 to pay by credit or debit card.

Friday 18 November 2016
Mercure Holland House Hotel
'Uncommon psychiatric symptoms'

Programme and Registration form


Previous meetings

  • Spring Biannual Meeting 2016
    Friday 13 May 2016 - Dartington Hall, Totnes
    Psychoneuroimmunology: pioneering new treatments or blind alley?
    Dr Richard Laugharne led this highly interesting event in a beautiful setting and speakers included: Peter Bloomfield, Dr Ruihua Hou, Dr Golam Khandaker, Prof Jonathan Mill and Dr Valeria Mondelli.

  • Autumn Biannual Meeting 2015
    Friday 20 November - Future Inn, Bristol
    'Forging effective partnerships in Mental Health'
    This stimulating meeting was put together by Dr Sean Lynch and included excellent speakers and a lively panel discussion at the end of the day

    Speakers included: Prof Thomas Burns CBE, Dr Geraldine Strathdee OBE, Prof Peter Tyrer, Dr David Yeomans and Dr Anne Hicks

    SW Autumn Biannual Meeting Prize Winners 2015

  • Spring Biannual Meeting 2015
    Friday 15 May - Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton
    'Psychiatry in a time of austerity - 5 years on'
    Following on from autumn's innovation theme, Dr Richard Laugharne put together a thought-provoking agenda for the spring meeting, focusing on how austerity has impacted on mental health services over the past 5 years and how people have responded to the challenge.  Speakers included Prof Kevin Browne, John Cox, Professor Emeritus, Dr Adrian James, Mr David McDaid, Dr Dan Meron, Dr Geraldine Strathdee OBE and Dr Ruth Tully.

    Dr Daniel MeronPoetry Prize 2015, Rosalind Bizley, Craig Harris, Richard Laugharne

  • Autumn Biannual Meeting 2014
    Friday 14 November - Future Inn, Bristol
    'Innovation for Psychiatrists'
    Our speakers for this uplifting and motivating event included Prof George Tadros, Dr Andrea Malizia, Dr Guy Undrill, Dr Rupert Noad, Andrew Stamp, Dr Martin Briscoe, Dr Leanne Hayward, Rosie Dunkley, Laurence Reed and Dr Adrian Flynn.

    Innovation Prize 2014 Dr Clara Martinez-Clavera and Dr Chris FearDr Richard Laugharne SW Division Autumn Biannual Meeting 2014

  • Spring Biannual Meeting 2014
    Friday 16 May - Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton
    'Beyond Berwick: Thinking differently about Quality in mental health'
    Our speakers for this stimulating event included Dr Geraldine Strathdee, Mr Nigel Acheson, Dr Michael Holland, Dr Helen Smith, Dr Adrian James, Dr Tricia Woodhead, Dr Ellen Wilkinson and Ms Stevie Moss.

    Dr Geraldine StrathdeeNigel Acheson, Michael Holland, Helen Smith, Geraldine Strathdee

  • Autumn Biannual Meeting 2013
    Friday 15 November - Redwood Lodge Hotel, Bristol
    'The developmental origin of health and disease: its relevance to psychiatry.'
    Our speakers for this excellent day included Professor Vivette Glover, Dr Dheeraj Rai, Dr Rebecca Pearson, Professor Kathryn Abel and Dr Shirley Gracias.

    Dr Dheeraj RaiDr Shirley Gracias
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