Joint Welsh Meeting of the RCPsych Wales and the Welsh Psychiatric Society

An interesting and varied programme led to some positive feedback on our annual winter meeting.

We were grateful to have Prof. Pamela Taylor start the day by talking about the value of a strong evidence base in forensic psychiatry, shortly followed by Prof. Kam Bhui who spoke about syndemics and ethnic inequalities.

Prof. Sally Lewis then took the floor and explained how by putting the patient at the centre of the system we can rethink the way we use resources for the better. Dr. Don Williams gave an account of the history of our understanding of dementia and football, making the case for headers to be left out of the sport.

Prof. Alka Ahuja gave an overview of her work with schools and young people and the initiatives that her and her colleagues have been involved in, including the successful school debates programme and culminating in the Whole School Approach Conference with Welsh Government.

Dr Trudi Seneviratne drew the day to a close by looking at perinatal psychiatry, and discussing the successes they've had in Maudsley hospital. She showed clips of mothers before and after treatment, and the impact it had on their children's emotional development.

One of our first prize winners was Will Carp for his poster, Clergy as a Frontline Mental Health Service: a UK Survey of Medical Practitioners and Clergy.

We are keen to run further events. If you are interested in supporting future events, please contact Ollie John.

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