Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry Annual Conference


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Location Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street , Manchester M60 2DS
CPD Up to six CPD hours per day, subject to peer group approval
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Faculty of General Adult  Psychiatry Annual Conference

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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.

Standard Rate****
Reduced Rate***
Standard Rate****
Reduced Rate***
FY &
Medical Student
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 €


* This rate applies only to registrations submitted with payment and received by the CALC Office by 15 September 2019. 
** This rate applies to registrations submitted with payment and received by the CALC Office after 15 September 2019. 
*** The reduced fee is available to RCPsych Retired members and from SpRs, ST/CT1-6 members, SHO, PMPT and delegates on the concessionary subscription rate of 50%. Important: Please note that the Standard Rates **** will apply to ALL bookings after 15 September 2018.
****The Standard Rate applies to Consultants/Locum Consultants, SAS Doctors, Non RCPsych members 
***** There will be 10 complimentary places on each day of the conference reserved for medical student / FY doctor authors whose submissions are accepted and posters are presented

The Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry is inviting submissions for our upcoming annual conference on 10-11 October 2019. All submissions will be reviewed ahead of the conference and successful authors will be invited to present their work as a poster or oral presentation  at the conference.

The details you enter cannot be saved, to avoid losing your work please copy your abstract to the form from another document. 

Submit your abstract here. 


The deadline for submissions  Wednesday 7 August 2019 (17:00)

1. Abstracts must be in English. Abbreviations may be used only if they are defined (spelled out in full text at first mention) followed by abbreviation in brackets.
2. The abstract must not exceed 400 words including sub titles (see No 4) and formulas.
3. The abstract must not contain bibliographical references, tables, diagrams or appendices. If accepted for presentation at the conference these can be added at a later date. 
4. Abstracts must be presented in five headed paragraphs in the following order:  Aims and hypothesis, Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.
5. Abstracts could present either novel findings or new interpretations of existing data; Quality Improvement 
projects; Education and Training projects or other types of service evaluation, audit or case reports. They should include brief details of the rationale for the research and the methods used, including, if appropriate, the statistical approach. The major findings should be stated; it will not be acceptable, for example, to state merely that the "results will be discussed"
6. The title of the abstract must be clearly coherent with the data included in the abstract and the conclusions must be warranted by information included in the results section. 
7. Submissions are accepted on the understanding that the work has been performed with the permission of any relevant ethical or legislative body. The authors should therefore ensure the work was conducted with appropriate ethical and governance safeguards.
8. Authors are encouraged to state their hypotheses and frame their conclusions accordingly. 
9. For studies of service users, patients or populations, the number of people studied should be explicitly stated in the methods section. 
10. Submissions are accepted on the understanding that the work has been performed with the permission of any relevant ethical or legislative body. The authors should therefore ensure the work was conducted with appropriate ethical and governance safeguards. 
11. All sources of financial sponsorship of the study should be stated at the end of the abstract.

Rooms are available at the Midland Hotel for £175 for single occupancy or £185  for double occupancy (including breakfast and vat).

Book your room -  Call the reservations team on 0161 774 7051 or email themidlandreservations@leonardohotels.co.uk and quote 'Royal College of Psychiatrists' .

We would advise to also check the hotel website for rates to get the best value. 


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For further information, please contact:

Email: sarah.morrissey@rcpsych.ac.uk

Contact Name: Sarah Morrissey

Event Location

Location: Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street , Manchester M60 2DS