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Sport and Exercise SIG

Sport and Exercise Special Interest Group

Welcome to the Sport and Exercise Special Interest Group (SESIG). SESIG covers several areas where the worlds of sport, exercise and physical activity share an interest with the psychiatric world.

Aims and Objectives




How to join


Meetings and Events



Aims and Objectives

  1. To raise awareness of mental health problems in sport and to promote best practice in addressing these.

  2. To promote physical activity and exercise interventions throughout mental health services.


Executive Committee

Dr Alan CurrieChair: Dr Alan Currie

Consultant Psychiatrist MB ChB, MPhil, FRCPsych

Regional Affective Disorders Service in Newcastle

Dr Currie is a full time NHS Consultant Psychiatrist and Lecturer. He is an active member and fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. His research interests include eating disorders, recovery, social inclusion, mood disorders and movement disorders. He has published on a range of Sports Psychiatry topics including editing a handbook of Sports Psychiatry for clinicians and overseeing the 2007 UK Sport guidelines on eating disorders. He is a member of the International Society for Sport Psychiatry (ISSP) and has acted as a consultant to a number of national sports organisations, supporting them in developing policy and practice guidelines and educational materials.


Dr Allan JohnstonFinance Officer: Dr Allan Johnston

Consultant Psychiatrist

MBBS, MRCPsych, Cert.Med.Ed(IU)

Dr Johnston is currently employed by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as Consultant Psychiatrist to the Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Team. Dr Johnston chairs the Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Strategy Group and is a Sports Psychiatrist and Trustee to the award winning State of Mind Sports charity. Dr Johnston was employed as World Rugby League’s first Sports Psychiatrist by the Bradford Bulls RLFC over the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons and now works with athletes from diverse fields including Rugby, Football and Ballet. He is widely published in both Liaison & Sports Psychiatry including the Oxford Handbook of Sports Psychiatry. He has spoken at a range of Sports Psychiatry events including successive RCPsych International Congresses, The Maudsley’s Game Changing in Mental Health, RFL and Sports Chaplaincy UK conferences.


Other key SESIG members

Dr Amit MistryDr Amit D Mistry

Specialist Registrar in General Adult & Old Age Psychiatry

Dr Mistry is the SEPSIG lead on exercise interventions in Severe Mental Illness (SMI) and is co-developing a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module on this topic. He has presented this material at several national conferences and is due to present at an international sports medicine conference in Delhi in December 2017. Amit has international playing honours representing Great Britain at Rugby Tag (2014-2016).




Dr Tim RogersDr Tim Rogers

Consultant Sports Psychiatrist at Cognacity

Dr Rogers has worked in many sports including football, rugby, cricket, swimming, horse racing, tennis, golf, boxing. Dr Rogers also has experience in the provision of expert evidence to sporting tribunals and UK Anti-Doping. He has taken part in public health and education programmes, for example with the Professional Players Federation (PPF) around gambling education for professional jockeys. Dr Rogers' medical training was at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He has also undertaken postgraduate training in Applied Sport Psychology, including researching online learning in performance psychology. For SEPSIG he has taken a lead on describing the competencies of a sports psychiatrist and in developing links with the British Psychological Society Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS-DSEP).




How to join

SESIG is open to all members of The Royal College of Psychiatrists. Members and Associates may join by completing our online application form or emailing the College Membership office. Others may be invited to join at the discretion of the SESIG Chair.

Meetings and Events

Upcoming meetings

SEPSIG Spring Meeting- March 2019

Save the date- Friday 22nd March 2019 at Manchester Institute of Health and Performance

We are working on the programme which will be finalised in a few weeks. Places will be limited so watch this space.


Previous meetings

SEPSIG Autumn 2018 Meeting - Friday 21 September 2018


The Autumn 2018 meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sport and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group was held at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH) in central London on 21st September and was a great success. The group are grateful for the support of ISEH in providing a tremendous venue for the event and also owe a huge debt of thanks to Tony Adams who headlined and opened the conference.

A summary of the conference and minutes of the business meeting can be found below:


Sport and Exercise SIG Spring Meeting – Friday 2 March 2018

SESIG Spring Meeting

Despite the severe weather conditions and a last minute change of venue the spring meeting of the Sport and Exercise SIG was the best attended yet. The day’s programme included the following presentations and made for some interesting discussions.

  1. Cricket and mental health – Phil Hopley & Lynsey Williams (Player Development Manager, Professional Cricketers’ Association)

  2. Psychology/Psychiatry interface in sport – Tim Rogers & Stewart Cotterill (Chair British Psychological Society – Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology).

  3. Mental health in the world of dance – Nicoletta P. Lekka with Erin Sanchez & Helen Laws (One Dance UK) 

  4. Physical activity and old age – Reshad Malik

Full details of the programme and the business meeting that followed can be found below:

Special thanks to all attendees, presenters and the good people of Woodbrooke who stepped in at the last minute to host the event.


Sport and Exercise SIG Autumn Meeting

25 delegates contributed to the largest meeting yet of the Sport and Psychiatry SIG on Friday 22nd September 2017 in the Institute of Sport Exercise & Health on Tottenham Court Road, London. Notes from the event, including details of the business meeting which followed, can be found here. Presenter slides have also kindly been made available by each speaker. Many thanks to them all.


Sport and Exercise SIG Strategy Day

SESIG Leeds Strategy Day attendees

Members of the Sport and Exercise SIG had a successful strategy day in Leeds on March 16th. Attendees are pictured above. Our grateful thanks go to Allan Johnston and his team at PHIL for hosting us and to our guest speakers Amit Mistry and Tim Rogers. Tim will now be leading a project to describe ‘the competencies of a sports psychiatrist’ with help from other group members while Amit will continue his work on exercise interventions across the span of mental health problems. Work is also ongoing to build databases of relevant literature. The next group meeting is planned for London in September.





Reading lists

Members of the Sports and Exercise SIG have put together reading lists on important topics:



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