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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 being held in Bristol.


Forthcoming Meetings


Dartington Hall, Totnes


Spring Biannual Meeting 2017

Friday 12 May 2017- Dartington Hall, Totnes
‘Neuroplasticity and neuromodulation in psychiatry: potential for new treatments’

Neuroplasticity and neuromodulation are areas of promise in new treatments for mental illnesses.  ECT is a well-established treatment most psychiatrists are familiar with.  Newer treatments such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, direct current stimulation and vagal nerve stimulation are emerging as distinct possibilities in mental healthcare.  Transcranial magnetic stimulation has been used quite extensively in the USA and Europe but has only recently been added to NIHCE guidelines for treatment of depression. 

In this meeting we will hear from both researchers and clinicians on the new emerging treatments and also innovative ideas in non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS).  Dr Richard Laugharne has put together an excellent agenda for this event and speakers include:.


Dr Randy Beck - Institute of Functional Neuroscience, Australia
Dr Gareth Cuttle - Gatsby Wellcome Neuroscience Project
Dr Andrea Malizia - Burden Centre, Southmead Hospital
Dr Laurence Mynors-Wallis - Mental Health and Dementia Clinical Network
Dr Jacinta O'Shea - Oxford University
Dr Derek K Tracy - Kings College London


Friday 12 May2017
SW Spring Biannual Meeting
Leaflet and application form


Previous meetings


  • Autumn Biannual Meeting 2016
    'Uncommon psychiatric presentations'
    Our speakers for this excellent day included Dr Niraj Ahuja, Dr Christopher Bass, Dr Anish Patel, Professor Paul Salkovskis, Professor David Veale and Dr Jonathan Davies.


  • 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



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