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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


Executive Committee


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.



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

Sport and Exercise SIG Strategy Day

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Date: Thursday 16 March 2017

Venue: Performance Health Innovations Ltd, 93 Water lane, Leeds, LS11 5QN

Fee: £30

Following our successful inaugural meeting in the autumn our next step is to develop a strategy for the group. A meeting has been arranged in Leeds on Thursday March 16th for all those interested in progressing this.

There are 6 areas that have emerged from our discussion so far:

  1. Describe the competencies of a sports psychiatrist
  2. Summarise the evidence base for exercise interventions
  3. Survey existing exercise therapy projects
  4. Form links with other relevant organisations and groups
  5. Establish a database of relevant publications
  6. Improve the knowledge of psychiatrists with respect to physiology and nutrition

How to Register

Please read our cancellation policy before making your booking.


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