Psychiatry Conference - 5th - 7th October 2017
NCMD and Newcastle based colleagues were heavily represented at the Royal College of Psychiatrists General Adult Faculty annual conference held over the 5th and 7th of October 2017 at the Sage in Gateshead. David Cousins and Lucy Robinson ran a workshop on the evidence and practice of treating refractory depression, Hamish McAllister-Williams talked about the drug treatment of bipolar disorder in a symposium chaired by Nicol Ferrier, Mark Cunningham chaired a debate on whether all patients with psychosis should be screened to see if autoimmune processes are causing the symptoms, Sarah Brown and Ayana Hazu ran a workshop using actors to help colleagues learn how to manage difficult clinical situations, and Alan Currie was part of an exercise and mental health session. Meanwhile, Sam Bulmer organised a very well attended public lecture on borderline personality disorder. Over 400 psychiatrists from across the country attended on each of the two days of this conference and it was great to see that their practice in future will be shaped and enhanced by the Newcastle team.