About us

In response to the growing recognition of the clinical importance of neurodevelopmental factors (such as autism and ADHD) in all age groups and at all ability levels as well as in many of the psychiatric syndromes, this special interest group will:

  1. Promote a wider discussion and understanding of neurodevelopmental disorder across the whole field of psychiatry
  2. Support clinical & academic development
  3. Enable a coordinated approach to policy issues
  4. Facilitate better links with other organisations in this field.

NDPSIG is open to all members of The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Members and Associates may join by completing our online application form.

Anyone wishing to be enrolled in the Freedcamp discussion forum, should send a separate email to tpberney@gmail.com and put 'FREEDCAMP' in the subject line.

Others may be invited to join at the discretion of the chair.

Summary

You are invited to submit a written abstract and e-poster on any area of Neurodevelopmental psychiatry.

The number of entries will be limited to 16 and will be selected from those which qualify according to the date of their arrival at the Division Office.

The e-posters and written abstracts will be shared at the virtual Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Special Interest Group conference on Friday 23 April 2021 via the Programme and Abstracts Booklet.

Entries will be pre-judged in advance of the meeting and winners will be invited to present their poster to a live audience on 23 April 2021. 

Who can enter

It’s open to all psychiatric trainees training in the United Kingdom, who are PMPTs or Members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists on the closing date.

Prizes

A prize of £100 will be awarded to the winner and further Judges Prize certificates may be awarded at the discretion of the Judges.

How to enter

This prize is now open for submissions and will close on Friday 12 March 2021. 

To enter, please fill in and forward the following forms with your abstract and poster to the South West Division office:

Please read the regulations and guidelines before applying.

Background

Although neurodevelopmental disorder forms a significant component of the work of all psychiatrists, it is only lately that this is being recognised. The concept started with specific disorders (such as Autism, ADHD and Tics) and disabilities (such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Sensory sensitivities). It is now part of the public psyche with the concept of neurodiversity, the presence of symptoms and subclinical disorder in the general population.

Historically, psychiatry considered conditions such as autism and ADHD to be the remit of child and ID psychiatry. The realisation that neurodevelopmental conditions persist into adulthood, occur in the general population and go with a proneness to a variety of psychiatric disorders, has made them the business of the whole of psychiatry.

While neurodevelopmental conditions must be identified and managed in their own right, they have a wider relevance in that their presence colours both the presentation and the management of psychiatric disorders. Not only can they be mistaken for other disorders (e.g. autism being taken for schizophrenia or emotionally unstable personality disorder) but their association with an increased prevalence of other problems (e.g. depression co-occurs with autism, offenders have ADHD) means that they will be encountered by all psychiatrists, whatever their speciality.

Aims

The SIG in Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry was established four years ago. It aims to:

  • Provide a forum for psychiatrists interested in neurodevelopmental disorder.
  • Encourage a neurodevelopmental approach to psychiatry. Thus, the routine of an assessment should include not just the premorbid personality, but also an appreciation of the individual’s development. Psychiatrists should recognise the significance of neurodevelopmental symptoms and take account of them in their research and clinical management.
  • Facilitate an informed and coordinated approach by the College in its policies and responses to governmental and other initiatives.
  • Encourage the development of links with other groups outside the College concerned with research and practice in this field.

Activities

  • The SIG holds academic meetings twice a year that aim to address broader neurodevelopmental issues of interest to all psychiatrists. This programme builds on the variety of available meetings dedicated to specific disorders that are provided by other agencies.
  • It hosts two Community of Practice Groups, each of which meets quarterly, to focus on academic and clinical practice with:
    • autistic adults who do not have a substantial Intellectual Disability
    • ADHD in people with Intellectual Disability.
  • It maintains pages on the College’s website and an internet discussion forum (which uses Freedcamp).
  • The College’s Autism Champion leads the Autism Programme with representation across the College and the UK.
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