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

 

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

 

Executive Committee

 

How to join

 

Meetings and Events

 

Resources


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.

 

Finance Officer: Dr Allan Johnston
Consultant Psychiatrist
MBBS, MRCPsych, Cert.Med.Ed(IU)

Dr Allan JohnstonDr 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.

 

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

SESIG Meeting – Friday 22 September 2017

We had a very productive inaugural meeting last October and followed this up with a strategy day hosted by Allan Johnston and his team in Leeds in March. At that meeting a strategy began to emerge (see minutes below). We need to follow this up and have planned a meeting for September 22, 10am to 4pm. Please make a note of the date for your diaries

We have been very lucky through contacts of Phil Hopley’s to secure a central London venue at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health. We have space for up to 40 delegates. The address is:

170 Tottenham Court Road
London, W1T 7HA

Tottenham Court Road is easily accessible by tube and a short walk from Kings Cross and Euston stations.

An important part of the meeting will be to follow up on the work-streams we created in March. We also hope to have at least one, or more likely two, guest speakers. If you have an idea or even better a contact and recommendation then do let me know.

We will need to charge a small attendance fee. There will be an ‘early bird’ discount and the day will cost £50 if booked before September 8. After that it will be £75.

Book online

 

Previous meetings

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.

 

Resources

Organisations

 

Reading lists

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

 

 

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