Faculty of Academic Psychiatry  Conference 2024 Resources 

Welcome to the Conference 2024


View and download the conference programme

 The conference will take place online using Zoom as a webinar.  We will move to zoom meetings for the workshops.

  • Participants will be able view a video of the speaker and alongside any slides.
  • Participants can also pose questions, where the programme allows, and some speakers may use polling or other interactive features. 
  • All registered participants will have access to a recording (subject to speaker permission)for 12 weeks (28 May 11.59pm) after the event. 

To take part you will need:

  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • A PC, laptop, tablet or phone
  • Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser or Zoom installed on your PC, laptop, tablet or phone 


Dr Katherine Adlington is an Academic Clinical Fellow and Higher Trainee in General Adult Psychiatry (ST4) working within East London NHS Foundation Trust. Her research area of interest is perinatal psychiatry including the impact of loneliness in the perinatal period. She has worked as a Clinical Editor at The BMJ and is currently one of the Trainee Editors and previously the Highlights Editor at the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Professor Wendy Burn CBE was appointed as a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in Leeds in 1990 and now works in the inpatient unit. She is also the National Mental Health Clinical Advisor, Workforce, Training and Education, NHS England.  

She has been involved in the organisation and delivery of postgraduate training since she started as a consultant. She has held many roles in education. She set up the Yorkshire School of Psychiatry and was the first Head of School.  

She was Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) from 2011 to 2016 and President from 2017 to 2020. She Co-chaired the RCPsych Gatsby Wellcome Neuroscience Project which focused on modernising the neuroscience taught to psychiatric trainees from 2016 to 2021.  

She is currently Chair of the Clinical group of Equally Well, a project set up to improve physical health in people with a serious mental illness, and Chair of the Public Engagement Editorial Board at RCPsych.  

Professor Hugo Critchley is chair of the Academic Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Professor of Psychiatry (Foundation Chair) at Brighton and Sussex Medial School since 2006. My clinical training in neuropsychiatry is applied to support and care of adults with (often overlapping) neurodevelopmental conditions (autism, tics and Tourettes, and ADHD). My research focuses on mind-brain-body interactions, mediated through autonomic and interoceptive mechanisms, and their impact across psychiatric diagnoses, emotions and behaviour.

Dr Angharad De Cates is a NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham and an ST5 in the West Midlands. Prior to moving to Birmingham, she completed a Wellcome Trust-funded DPhil at the University of Oxford, and a postdoctoral fellowship supported by the Guarantors of Brain. She has been a trainee editor at the British Journal of Psychiatry since December 2019.

Dr Jessica Eccles is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Neurodevelopmental Service at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  Having trained in medicine at the University of Cambridge and Oxford, she completed integrated academic training in Psychiatry at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, where she undertook an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship. She is now a Reader in Brain-Body Medicine at the BSMS Department of Clinical Neurosicence where she leads prize winning research on a broad range of projects that link differences in the body to a variety of physical and mental health conditions.  She is particularly interested in the emerging link with neurodivergence.  She is a passionate educator and committed to public engagement.

Saeed Farooq is Professor of Psychiatry and Public Mental Health, School of Medicine, Keele University; Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Co-lead Mental Health and Wellbeing Research, School of Medicine, Keele University and Joint Mental Health Research Lead, NIHR West Midlands Clinical Research Network. 

Dr David Hayward is a Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist working in Livingston in the Central Belt of Scotland. Also, NHS Research Scotland (NRS) Mental Health Network (MHN) South Node clinical lead. The NRS MHN supports mental health clinical research in Scotland.

Glyn Lewis is Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry and Director of UCL Division of Psychiatry. His main research interests include identifying factors that are possible causal factors for depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. He carries out randomised controlled trials concerned with the management of depression in primary care, investigating both psychological and pharmacological treatments. He has an interest in how research findings can be applied to clinical practice and in teaching clinicians about critical appraisal of the scientific literature. He trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, UK and in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has previously worked in Bristol and Cardiff.

Dr Andi Stanescu is an Academic Clinical Fellow at University of Manchester and trainee representative for one of the largest Psychiatry schools in the country.

As a medical doctor with a devotion for research, Andi has honed his expertise in the fields of dementia, psychopharmacology, and sleep disorders. He has had the privilege of contributing to cutting-edge research and clinical practice in these areas.

He plans to collaborate with like-minded professionals and organisations to solve complex healthcare challenges. Whether it's process optimisation, strategic planning, or healthcare policy, Andi is committed to making a meaningful impact.

Dr Lindsey Sinclair is a clinical research fellow in old age psychiatry at the University of Bristol and the finance officer for the Academic Faculty of the RCPsych.

Daniel Smith is Professor of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh. Principal Investigator (PI) for two Wellcome Trust programme grants on bipolar disorder, lithium and sleep/circadian rhythms (called HELIOS-BD and AMBIENT-BD) and PI of the MRC Circadian Mental Health Research Network. Also PI for the new UKRI Hub for Metabolic Psychiatry.

Dr Victoria Wing is an Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) and CT3 in General Adult Psychiatry in the Northern Centre for Mood Disorders at Newcastle University and Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear (CNTW) NHS Trust. I am currently developing research studies to examine the biological effects of lithium carbonate and low dose lithium orotate, combining peripheral biomarkers and multi-modal brain imaging. I completed a PhD in preclinical psychopharmacology at Newcastle University studying the role of endocannabinoids in nicotine addiction. I then moved to the University of Toronto for a post-doctoral fellowship studying the neurobiological underpinnings of co-morbid addiction in psychosis. Following this I completed my medical degree and Academic Foundation Program at Imperial College London with a focus on clinical psychopharmacology and neuroimaging.

Where the speakers have given us permission we will share copies of the PowerPoint presentations below. 

Please note that the slides have been made available with kind permission of the speakers and are intended for use only by the delegates that attended the webinar.

Please note that the recordings of the webinars and presentations are the intellectual property of the speaker and the College and any unauthorised broadcasting/copying of the material is strictly prohibited.



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