Upcoming events

RCPsych in Northern Ireland 

'Three Steps to Positive Practice'

Masterclass - Wed 5th June @ 4:00pm

Three Steps to Positive Practice was produced in 2017 by the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Psychiatrists and a range of other professional bodies. 

It sets out a rights-based approach to guide multi-professional decision-making when considering and reviewing the use of restrictive interventions in health and social care. This requires professionals to be ready to embrace new ways of thinking, and to create a new culture which uses new language.

This Masterclass will be led by Dr Heather Hanna FRCPsych and her co-authors.  Dr Hanna is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability. She works in the Southern HSC Trust as Clinical Lead for ID CAMHS, and holds leadership roles in governance and research. Dr Hanna has been involved in strategy and policy work at a regional and national level. She is founder and co-chair of an all-island ID CAMHS Network.

Dr Hanna has recently been awarded the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK ‘Psychiatrist of the Year’ Award.

Rosaline Kelly is a Senior Professional Development Officer at the Royal College of Nursing NI.  She has a special interest in nursing people with dementia and dementia care services, capacity, consent and human rights. Rosaline represents the RCN on a number of strategic groups related to mental health and intellectual disability and has recently worked with the Clinical Education Centre in leading the development of training for HSC staff in implementing the Mental Capacity Act (NI) 2016.

Adele Boyd is a member of the national standing committee BASW NI - the regional body of the British Association of Social Workers. She has represented BASW NI on a number of government and policy consultations; and professional working groups. Currently Adele represents BASW NI on the Suicide Prevention Strategy, Protect Life 2, All Party Government Group. Adele worked with the Open University as an Independent Practice Educator for two years and currently works with Queen’s University Belfast as a professional tutor on the BSW degree.

Please Note - this training is now at full capacity

NI SAS Training Surviving and Thriving in Psychiatry, Clifton House, 13 and 14 June 2019

There are limited places available for our two-day SAS training course, which takes place in Clifton House on 13 and 14 June.  The course will be delivered by the English-based specialist consultants 'Res Consortium', who have designed and tailored this training specifically to enhance you in your role as a SAS doctor.

Day One of the training will concentrate on the following aspects:

  • Learning resilience skills and building them into your professional practice
  • Managing personal resources including time, stress etc.,
  • Understanding how to balance your work life and personal life in a busy department

While Day Two will focus on the following:

  • Delivering sustainable outcomes to patients – effectively leading clinical teams and service
  • Being heard by Senior Consultants & Managers
  • Skills & templates to develop new service models in Mental Health & Psychiatry.


'Criminal Mental Health Law - Part III and the Psychiatric Defences' Masterclass by Dr Adrian East - 25 September 2019 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

This Masterclass is intended to discuss the State of the Nation with regards to criminal mental health law from a psychiatric perspective.

Part III of the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 contains legal provisions for patients concerned in criminal proceedings or under sentence.  In addition to this, there are a number of psychiatric defences available to mentally disordered offenders who appear before the Courts.

The focus of this Masterclass will be recent case developments in this area within Northern Ireland.

The Masterclass will be of interest to all psychiatrists practising within Northern Ireland whose patients come into contact with the Criminal Justice System.

Dr Adrian East is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and the Regional Advisor in Forensic Psychiatry for the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland.

To secure your place, please go to the College's online bookings page. 

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