|Location||Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street , Manchester M60 2DS|
|CPD||Up to six CPD hours per day, subject to peer group approval|
October is that time of year. The Summer is definitely over, the clocks are going backwards, it is too early to taste the new vintage and jingles linked to seasonal shopping make their way onto the media earlier and earlier every year. So it must be time to nurture the brain, keep up to date with developments in your chosen profession and meet up with your specialty colleagues from all over the UK. May be even present some data and get some feedback. We are of course talking about the GAF annual meeting which will take place on 10-11th October 2019 in Manchester.
Three plenaries, 12 symposia and ten seminars/masterclasses as well as the AGM, poster presentations and other informal activities (culinary excursions, morning runs, coffee with long lost friends and other delegates) are the essence of the annual meeting.
Two renowned leaders from outside the UK in psychiatric research are delivering plenary lectures: one from the USA and one from Denmark. They will share their considerable knowledge and experience. John Augustus Rush needs little introduction for anyone who has been following developments of treatments in affective disorders including time limited psychotherapies, antidepressants and neuromodulation/stimulation. Gitte Moos Knusde early research activity included understanding how the blood brain barrier operates in man, she is one of a small number of clinical neuroscientists in the world who has a firm grip on understanding human in vivo molecular psychopharmacology in health and disease. Their plenaries are complemented by Louise Howard exploring the implications of the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill and of the NICE Domestic Homicide reviews for general adult psychiatry.
Symposia focus on the aspects of delivery of good care, clinical problems and new research. Seminars and masterclasses provide an opportunity to interact with the speakers on key topics. Picking a few names in the highlights seems unfair so for this purpose you will have to trust that Alessandro, Andrea and members of the executive who have all worked at putting together the programme have picked knowledgeable and interesting speakers.
Themes include complex PTSD: the foundation of psychological growth in peer support relationships; managing difficult issues in bipolar affective disorder (measurement in primary care, lithium in pregnancy and treating comorbid ADHD); borderline personality disorders and how to manage them in the community; sleep disorders; ensuring that GAP services get an appropriate proportion of funding; barriers to clozapine treatment implementation; treatment refractory affective disorders; poverty, social; inequalities and mental health; cannabinoids in psychiatry; inpatient services; withdrawal from and the importance of sexual side effects of antidepressants; NCCMH pathways and treatments in the community; data literacy in psychiatry; developing a lifetime understanding of affective disorders (genes, lifetime suicide risk and transitions from adolescence). At this stage a couple of sessions need confirmation, so the above is not a complete list.
Speakers provenance encompasses virtually the whole of the UK from Glasgow to Cardiff, from Exeter to London and from Oxford to Newcastle. Notably absent are our colleagues from Northern Ireland and Eire and you will discover why at the meeting.
The chair and vice chair are going to surprise us with another topical symposium and from the current discussions we can say that it will be very interesting thus hopefully establishing a tradition for this symposium (started last year) in years to come.
Finally we have a session on Arts and Psychiatry with three entertaining and thoughtful speakers covering literature, personal experience of creativity and figurative arts. We all hope that this will tickle everyone who values what art has to offer in being a well-rounded clinician.
Please look out for the twitter feed, come to the meeting, participate actively giving us inputs for next year and reflections on this year. Importantly talk with the colleagues and keep general adult psychiatry great J.
|EARLY BIRD FEE*|
|EARLY BIRD FEE*|
|Whole conference||£410 ||£210 ||£460 ||£255 ||£80 |
|Thursday only||£230 ||£120 ||£255 ||£130 ||£50 |
|Friday only||£230 ||£120 ||£255 ||£130 ||£50 |
|Conference Dinner||£50 ||£50 ||£50 ||£50 ||£50 |
The deadline has now passed.
Late submissions will not be accepted.
Join us on the evening of Thursday 10 October for a 3 course meal. The dinner is a great opportunity to network with speakers and to catch up with friends and colleagues.
47 Peter St, Manchester M2 5PD
Price: £50 price includes welcome drink, 3 course meal, ½ bottle of wine.
Book your room - Call the reservations team on 0161 774 7051 or email email@example.com and quote 'Royal College of Psychiatrists' .
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