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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

South West Division Biannual Meetings

High quality scientific conferences are held in the spring and autumn with the spring meeting being held in Totnes and the autumn meeting being held in Bristol.


Autumn Biannual Meeting 17 November 2017

The Bristol Hotel, Bristol

'Neurodevelopment and the Jobbing Psychiatrist'

We have an exciting day planned, with leading experts discussing a wide range of issues related to neurodevelopment, arguing how they are relevant to the 'jobbing psychiatrist'. Our speakers include 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 will cover a wide range of issues that psychiatrists encounter including:-  depression, psychosis, borderline personality to autism, Asperger's and ADHD.

Look forward to seeing many of you in November!" 

Dheeraj Rai, chairman of the scientific advisory committee 


  • For the agenda of the day and registration fees, please view our leaflet here
  • To book, please contact the office on 01761 463979 

No plans the night before? Come along to our Annual Dinner (16 November) at We The Curious - formerly known as @Bristol - for an enjoyable evening of socialising and spectacular exhibits

Previous meetings

  • Spring Biannual Meeting 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 Biannual Meeting 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 Biannual Meeting 2016
    Friday 13 May 2016 - Dartington Hall, Totnes
    '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.

  • Autumn Biannual Meeting 2015
    Friday 20 November - Future Inn, Bristol
    'Forging effective partnerships in Mental Health'
    This stimulating meeting was put together by Dr Sean Lynch and included excellent speakers and a lively panel discussion at the end of the day

    Speakers included: Prof Thomas Burns CBE, Dr Geraldine Strathdee OBE, Prof Peter Tyrer, Dr David Yeomans and Dr Anne Hicks

    SW Autumn Biannual Meeting Prize Winners 2015

  • Spring Biannual Meeting 2015
    Friday 15 May - Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton
    'Psychiatry in a time of austerity - 5 years on'
    Following on from autumn's innovation theme, Dr Richard Laugharne put together a thought-provoking agenda for the spring meeting, focusing on how austerity has impacted on mental health services over the past 5 years and how people have responded to the challenge.  Speakers included Prof Kevin Browne, John Cox, Professor Emeritus, Dr Adrian James, Mr David McDaid, Dr Dan Meron, Dr Geraldine Strathdee OBE and Dr Ruth Tully.

    Dr Daniel MeronPoetry Prize 2015, Rosalind Bizley, Craig Harris, Richard Laugharne



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