'A Lifetime of Psychiatry' National Student Psychiatry Conference

The National Student Psychiatry conference is an annual event staged across the UK, with this year’s held in Wales hosted by Cardiff and Swansea Psychiatry Societies’. The conference was held in Cardiff University and attended by over 150 medical students, all of whom are considering a career in psychiatry.

Presentations were given from Prof Dinesh Bhugra, Dr Kate Lovett, Prof David Nutt and many more who gave a variety of engaging lectures throughout the weekend, covering many areas of psychiatry including Diversity and Mental Health, Children & Adolescent, Perinatal, Learning Disability, BME Mental Health, Dementia.

We were lucky to have the help of a brilliant group of sixth volunteers from Radyr High School 6th form who took on all manner of jobs throughout the weekend, from stacking chairs and moving tables, right through to interviewing a number of our members! Here’s some of them in action:

Dr Ian Collings also spent the weekend with us at the conference and delivered a powerful lecture with Rogan , board member of mental health charity Discombobulated Brain, about male suicide. Afterwards, he had this to say about the event:

“I was privileged to attend the national student psychiatry conference on the 2/3 February 2019. This was the first time it has been held in Wales the result of a joint bid between our two medical schools in Wales, Cardiff and Swansea.

I want to congratulate the committee on all the work they have put into the organisation of the conference over the two days it all went very smoothly. It was a really valuable event to raise the profile of Wales in many different areas. The weekend was a great opportunity to raise the profile of Wales as a destination for trainee doctors to train, work and live in.

The personal highlight of the weekend for me was listening to compelling stories from service users outlining their battles with post-partum psychosis and suicide and self-harm. I found this incredibly moving and it really reinforced for me why I pursued a career in psychiatry. The level of interest psychiatry among current medical students is hugely heartening. Hopefully, the future is bright for our profession.”

We were also pleased to see our colleagues from London who came to support the event and promote the Royal College of Psychiatrists national #ChoosePsychiatry and #TrainWorkLive campaigns

The student psychiatry social committees from Cardiff and Swansea universities did a fantastic job in organising the Student Psychiatry Conference. All feedback from the event was extremely positive, it created a great deal of social media interest and we’re so looking forward to next year’s event.