North West Division Spring Conference 2019


One day event

Timings 08:30 - 16:30
Location Kings House, Manchester
CPD One CPD point per hour of educational activity, subject to peer group approval.
Full Member£140
Non Member£140
Medical Student/FY1£10
Nurses/Allied Health Professionals£70
Patients and Carers£50
Booking Now Closed
North West Division Spring Conference 2019

Event Information

We are delighted to invite you to the RCPsych North West Spring Conference: “The Integration of Psychotherapy into Everyday Psychiatric Practice” on Friday 21st June 2019, Kings House, Manchester, M1 7HB

As psychiatrists working for services under increasing pressures we can find that job roles are increasingly viewed in reductionist terms, with psychiatrists viewed as prescribing machines, with “psychotherapy” being “done” by other colleagues, usually elsewhere.  

The aim of this conference is to think about how our everyday interviews, interactions and environments can be thought about to give our patients better care and experience of our services.  

We have assembled an engaging and informative array of expert speakers to give us their vast experience in assisting us to explore this further.  We will also be holding a small drinks reception at the end of the conference around 4:30pm, so hope to see you there!

We look forward to seeing you at Kings House on Friday 21 June!

Registration: 08:30-09:25
Close of lectures: 16:30
Networking reception: 16:30-17:30

Exciting final programme (PDF) for the day now available!

Speakers include:

Dame Philippa Russell DBE

Vice-President, Carers UK 

"Creating new models of collaborative care - Drawing on  the experiences and expertise of patients and family carers as active partners in recovery"

This presentation explores the potential of patients and family carers as ‘experts by experience’ in working together with professionals in creating ‘collaborative care’ and thereby improving the patient journey and family confidence.  

Iris Benson MBE

Service User 

"The Highs and Lows of a Service User’s Journey Through Psychiatric Services" 

Talk Details TBC

Dr Cleo Van Velsen

Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy 

"The Highs and Lows of creating a Therapeutic Environment for Forensic Personality Disorder"

This presentation will use the example of the Millfields Unit (a medium secure modified therapeutic community) In East London to describe the challenges and rewards of working with men who suffer from severe personality disorder.

Dr Penny Campling

Consultant Psychotherapist | Co-author of “Intelligent Kindness”

"Managing Feelings of Love and Hate" 

This talk will explore the hard work involved in processing feelings that arise for the individual and teams working with psychiatric patients.

Dr Mark Evans

Consultant Medical Psychotherapist and Medical Manager, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust

"How do psychotherapy competencies help us to become better Psychiatrists?" 

I will consider some theoretical concepts from psychotherapy including notions of the therapeutic alliance, projection and containment to think about challenging moments in psychiatric practise.

Dr Simon Graham

Consultant Medical Psychotherapist and Lead, Mersey Care NHS Trust Personality Disorder Hub 

"Working with People with Severe Personality Disorder: Theoretical Ideas that Might Help Clinically" 

This presentation will share some clinical examples from working in a specialist community service, set up to help patients with complex BPD, linking these to some theoretical concepts that help support the understanding of this work.

Dr Adam Dierckx

Consultant Medical Psychotherapist, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust

"From Therapeutic Communities to Therapeutic Services: What Can a TC Model Offer the General Psychiatrist" 

Outlining of some of the underpinning principles of Therapeutic Communities and thinking about how these might be used in general psychiatric settings to enhance care. Also considering what supports staff in this work and how service users might become involved.

If you are unable to book online, you can book over the phone with us using a debit/credit card. Please call 0113 209 1592.

Alternatively, if your Trust is paying by Cheque or BACS, please download the registration form. (pdf)

 Please check our terms and conditions page before making a booking.

For further information, please contact:


Contact Name: Aisha Hussain

Contact number: 0113 209 1591

Event Location

Location: Kings House, Manchester
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