Congress Cultural Fringe

We have again put together a jam-packed programme of fringe events, all with the focus this year of allowing you to make the most of being able to meet colleagues and friends again in person, in informal settings. Join us for our welcome drinks reception, a series of lunches and the Mindmasters quiz. Explore the full programme of events below.

Welcome Reception

Date: Sunday 19 June
Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Venue: EICC, Edinburgh

We will be kicking off our fringe programme with a welcome reception on Sunday 19 June from 5.30pm - 6.30pm. We hope this will be an opportunity to catch up with those colleagues and old friends that you haven't had the chance to meet for so long.  We will also be opening up our registration desk, so why not beat the Monday morning queues and collect your badge ahead of time!

This event is included within your Congress ticket, let us know if you're planning on coming by filling out our short form. What better way is there to start Congress 2022 off in style?

  • Join fellow SAS doctors to network and say hello during the Monday lunch hour in this dedicated session, hosted by the SAS doctors committee
  • 0930 clinic appointment with Skynet? This house believes that the RCPsych should embrace Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in guiding clinical decision making and service development

    Chair: Dr Romayne Gad el Rab, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Dr David Rigby, East London NHS Foundation Trust


    Dr Lia Ali, NHSx

    Dr Peter MacRae, East London NHS Foundation Trust

    Mr Mark Brown, One in Four Magazine

    Delegates will be able to participate in a debate with a twist on the usual format on a hot and often hotly contested topic led by the Digital SIG and involving psychiatrists and a mental health journalist. Delegates will be able to ask questions and take an active role in the debate

  • A masterclass run by RCPsych book committee on academic writing. This session will focus on the basics of writing academic books, how to get involved and the skills required to be able to do this. The panel will include experts in academic writing sharing their experiences but also starting to equip the audiences with some basic skills and offering opportunities to those that interested in writing. It will be aimed at psychiatrists at all levels who have always wanted to explore academic writing but do not know what this involves or how to start their journey.

    Chair: Dr Suhana Ahmed, South West London and St George's NHS Trust

    How to write

    Professor Rob Poole, Centre for Mental Health and Society, Bangor University

    Approaches and the experience of writing

    Professor Femi Oyebode, University of Birmingham

    The RCPsych process

    Professor Anne Doherty, UCD School of Medicine, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

  • 1.10pm - 2.10pm
    Examiners lunch
  • Suicide is something that is at the back of our minds in a lot of our work with patients. The death of a patient in this way frequently has a profound emotional effect on the clinicians who have been working with them. Given this widespread experience shared by many in the psychiatric and mental health community there are surprisingly few settings where we can discuss and process this traumatic experience. The fear and trauma this leaves us with can effect our capacity to engage other patients expressing suicidality with an open heart. This session will address this lack of provision. Two psychiatrists will initially discuss their lived experience of the effect of patient suicide, this will then be followed by a facillitated reflective space for attendees.

    Chair: Dr Ros Ramsey, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Specialist advisor for the Psychiatrist Support Service

    A discussion of our experience following a patient suicide

    Dr Anne Carbonnier and Dr Rachel Gibbons, Chair of Working Group of the Effect of Suicide on Clinicians, Royal College of Psychiatrists

    Facilitated discussion of the emotional effect on clinicians of a patients death by suicide

    Dr Jan Birtle, RCPsych Lead for Mentoring and Coaching
  • Find out more about the exciting Mindmasters quiz for members we will be launching at Congress
  • Research integrity and publication ethics are key to meaningful scientific literature. This is intended to generate reproducible research findings which can be generalised, and so improve clinical care and contribute to the creation of stronger health policies. Potential research integrity issues include, but are not limited to, lack of or inappropriate consent with therapeutic misperception, faulty research design including use of screening scales for diagnoses, misuse of statistics, not following published protocol, plagiarism (including self-plagiarism), not publishing negative trials, inaccurate referencing, the need for corrigendum or retraction etc. About half of all registered clinical trials are never published, and the published half tend to overstate benefits and understate harms. Poor research design and methodology are rife, including inadequate scholarship, leading to needless or underpowered trials, and incorrect statistical techniques. Thus inaccurate aggregate findings may be disseminated and acted upon. Questionable Research Practices (QRPs) are common, including selective reporting, outcome switching, 'spinning', p-hacking, and other misdemeanours, because published research reflects more the criteria required to achieve publication than scientific accuracy. This session will include a report from the research integrity 'frontline' of the BJPsych Journals, detailing the latest issues and developments including real-life examples of investigations processed by the Journals' Research Integrity Group. We also will discuss other ongoing research integrity efforts and leave plenty of time for discussions with attendees.

    Chair: Professor Kenneth R. Kaufman, MD, FRCPsych, DLAPA, FAES, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, USA, Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London

    Research integrity: bad...but getting better?

    Dr William Lee, MBChB, MRCPsych, MSc, PhD, University of Exeter


    Professor Allan Young, MBChB, MPhil, PhD, FRCP, FRCPsych, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London

    Professor Kenneth R. Kaufman, MD, FRCPsych, DLAPA, FAES, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, USA, Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London

    Professor Stephen Lawrie, Royal Edinburgh Hospital

    Professor Kamaldeep Bhui CBE, University of Oxford

  • 1.10pm - 2.10pm
    Retired members lunch
  • Find out more about the exciting Mindmasters quiz for members we will be launching at Congress
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists in it's 180 year history, did not seek views from College membership regarding how they view the College and which direction they would like the College to take in future. In 2016 Dr Adrian James, President, RCPsych, in his previous role as Registrar, saw a need to improve College members' involvement in College activities, understand the views of those less well engaged with College. So the post of Associate Registrar (Membership engagement was created. The idea of carrying out a full membership survey was initially proposed by Dr Santoshkumar Mudholkar in his role as Associate Registrar (Membership Engagement) in 2017. This was agreed by the Council in 2019 and planned for 2020 only to be postponed due to covid-19pandemic. The full membership survey (involving over 19,000 U.K. and International members) was undertaken in May-June 2021 and the findings were shared with College Council in July 2021. Dr Adrian James will chair the session. Dr Mudholkar and Dr Seneviratne will present and summarise methodology, main findings of the survey and it's implication for future direction of travel. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the College President and Registrar face to face, interact with them, share their ideas and become part of future College strategy of membership engagement.

    Chair: Dr Adrian James, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists

    RCPsych Membership survey 

    Dr Santoshkumar Mudholkar, Associate Registrar (Membership Engagement) 2016-2021, Royal College of Psychiatrists

    RCPsych Membership survey 

    Dr Trudi Seneviratne, Registrar, Royal College of Psychiatrists

  • 1.10pm - 2.10pm
    Demitting Officers lunch