VIPSIG Annual Day Conference - Volunteering Preparedness


One Day Event

Timings 9.30am - 16.30pm
Location The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, United Kingdom
CPD Up to six CPD hours per day, subject to peer group approval.
Non member/Consultant£100
SAS Doctor£75
Core Trainee/Higher Trainee£50
Patient and Carers£30
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VIPSIG Annual Day Conference - Volunteering Preparedness

Event Information

The event will take place at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB. You can view directions and a map to help you plan your journey.

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Please book your place as soon as possible as we have only 50 in-person places available.

This year’s VIPSIG annual conference will be in person whole day event at RCPsych premises. 

The theme of the conference is “Volunteering Preparedness” and we have confirmed inspirational speakers from a variety of backgrounds, focussing on volunteering both internationally and with underserved populations in the UK.

During this workshop we will hear from clinicians who have made real impact with volunteering efforts internationally, and learn and discuss together how best to prepare and care for ourselves as clinicians for volunteering. We will also discuss and reflect on potential challenges of working transculturally and hold a discussion with clinicians in low-resource settings working with high-income country volunteers on how they manage these challenges.

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  • 9:00 - 10:00: Welcome, registration and coffee/tea
  • Morning session 2: Importance of volunteering (to individuals and health services) and panel discussion
    • 11:30 - 11:45: 'Benefits to NHS trusts of volunteering', Dr Anis Ahmed, Chair of VIPSIG
    • 11:45 - 12:00: ‘College international strategy and the volunteering scheme' - Elen Cook
  • 12:00 - 12:30: Panel discussion – looking forward re: volunteering strategy
    • Elen Cook
    • Prof Maureen Wilkinson
    • Sister Valerie Taylor
    • Dr Stella Paddick (chair of discussion)
  • 12:30 - 13:15: Lunch and viewing of video pitches
  • Afternoon session: Volunteering in the UK and in challenging scenarios. How to prepare
  • 14:15 - 14:30: Coffee, Tea and Q and A
  • 14:30 - 14:45: Self-care for clinicians:
    • 'Mindfulness - a Form of Self-compassion for Clinicians' - Prof Russell Razzaque
  • 14:45 - 15:45: Parallel session/discussion: Challenges and opportunities. How to manage cross-cultural volunteering relationships, what works best
    • Dr Peter Hughes
    • Dr Judith Boshe (Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Tanzania)
    • Joshua Ssebunnya (Jamies Fund, Uganda)
    • Prof Mohammed Al-UZRI
    • Dr Bradley Hillier (chair of discussion)
  • 15:45: Wrap up discussion


For further information, please contact:


Contact Name: Catriona Grant

Event Location

Location: The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London