Just one month ago, we welcomed 150 delegates to Wales for this year's sold-out National Trainees’ Conference.
‘Psychiatry beyond prescription’, hosted by the Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC), took place at Techniquest, the iconic science museum, with Wales’ parliament building Y Senedd and the attractions of Cardiff Bay providing the backdrop.
The creative and comprehensive programme consisted of diverse workshops and presentations, ranging from subjects on social prescribing, sustainability and nutrition; to lessons from the antipsychiatry movement, and being a mother in medicine. The conference was supported by trainees, senior members and officers of the College alike; in a new innovation Higher Learning Outcomes (HLOs) were also matched against the programme content.
With the weather shining throughout the two days, delegates had organised a morning run across the barrage, whilst an evening reception at the Norwegian Church Arts Centre allowed for delegates, speakers and staff to relax after the first day.
The conference was supported by colleagues from RCPsych Wales in collaboration with the Training and Workforce Team, and funding to subsidise the event was kindly provided by RCPsych Wales’ partnership with Welsh Government and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW). We were delighted by an address from Welsh Government's Minister for Mental Health, Lynne Neagle MS, who expressed her gratitude to the profession, the importance of the psychiatric community and of forums such as the conference - to gather, share ideas and learning.
A huge thank you to Laura Thorn, John Moore, Chris Walsh, Gemma Buston and RCPsych in Wales and the TW team for all their efforts in delivering an amazing conference which delegate feedback has expressed was timely, and excellent. We look forward to next year’s event.