South West division biannual meetings

High quality scientific conferences are held in the spring and autumn each year, usually in Devon and Bristol.

Spring Biannual Meeting, 17 May 2019

Location: Mercure Rougemont Hotel, Exeter

Theme: Creating Safer Services and Maintaining Joy in our Work: Developing Resilience in Psychiatry


This conference will give delegates an opportunity to hear about the national programmes in suicide prevention, safety improvement, reducing restrictive practice and improving sexual safety in in patient services. They will also have an opportunity to hear about large projects happening within our own area that are improving safety using quality improvement methodology.

In the afternoon, we will address the issues around burnout and resilience in our ever changing working environments. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a national expert and learn about work going on in our region supporting the concept of keeping Joy in our work.

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Previous biannual meetings

Autumn 2018: 'Updates on core issues in Psychiatry'

After visiting themes of uncommon psychiatric presentations and neurodevelopment in the last two autumn biannual meetings, this year we returned to diagnostic and therapeutic issues that are at the very core of the practice of all psychiatrists.  Speakers included Professor Wendy Burn, Prof Peter Jones, Dr David Kessler, Prof David Baldwin, Dr Andrea Cipriani and Prof David Taylor, who provided clinically relevant talks to help contribute to evidence-based practice and CPD.

Spring 2018: 'Mental Health research and innovation in the South West'

This exciting day included talks on a variety of topics by speakers including Professor Ray Jones, Professor Richard Byng, Professor Tamsin Ford, Professor Clive Ballard, Dr Craig Newman and Dr Rohit Shankar.

Autumn 2017: 'Neurodevelopment and the Jobbing Psychiatrist'

Leading experts discussed a wide range of issues related to neurodevelopment, arguing how they are relevant to the 'jobbing psychiatrist'. Speakers included Professor Ian Goodyer, Professor Michael O'Donovan, Dr Catherine Winsper, Dr Raja Mukherjee, Dr Dietmar Hank, Dr Peter Carpenter and Dr Tom Berney and the programme covered a wide range of issues including depression, psychosis, borderline personality to autism, Asperger's and ADHD.

Spring 2017: 'Neuroplasticity and neuromodulation in psychiatry - potential for new treatments’

Again, set in the beautiful surroundings of Dartington Hall, the speakers for this excellent day included Dr Jacinta O'Shea, Dr Derek Tracy, Dr Gareth Cuttle and Dr Andrea Malizia, with Dr Richard Laugharne presenting on behalf of Dr Mynors-Wallis.  

Autumn 2016: 'Uncommon psychiatric presentations'

Our speakers for this excellent day included Dr Niraj Ahuja, Dr Christopher Bass, Dr Anish Patel, Professor Paul Salkovskis, Professor David Veale and Dr Jonathan Davies.

Spring 2016: 'Psychoneuroimmunology - pioneering new treatments or blind alley?'

Dr Richard Laugharne led this highly interesting event in a beautiful setting and speakers included: Peter Bloomfield, Dr Ruihua Hou, Dr Golam Khandaker, Prof Jonathan Mill and Dr Valeria Mondelli.

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