One Day Essential | Mental Health

Date30 October 2017
Duration1 day
Start Time09:00
End Time17:00
AudienceGP, GP Trainee, GP Trainer or educator, First5, Nurse
RCGP Accredited



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This one day conference will be chaired by Dr Alan Cohen: retired GP principal, former Director of Primary Care at West London Mental Health Trust (2011 – 2015), National Primary Care lead for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme, and Honorary Associate Director of Primary Care at the Department of Health (2005 – 2011).

The event will be split into three sessions with two lectures in each followed by a panel discussion to foster in depth discussion and provide the opportunity to ask the experts questions.

Primary Care Mental Health – This session will deal with the difficulty of identifying and managing the confusion and chaos of the presentation of mental health problems in primary care.  It will provide a fresh perspective on primary care mental health, and offer some practical approaches to dealing with difficult problems.

Recent Advances in the Management of Depression. The speakers will discuss the GP management of the first consultation when depression may be considered as a possible diagnosis, and collaborative care; what it is, and how it is used in the management of depression.

The physical Health of People with a Psychosis. This session will describe the primary care management of people with severe mental illness, addressing particularly the increased risk of physical illness in this group of people. and detailing the role of the PHCT in managing the cardiovascular risk associated with severe mental illness.


09:00 Coffee & Registration

09:30 Welcome by the Chair

Dr Alan Cohen

Session 1: Primary Care Mental Health

09:40 Primary care mental health

Dr Maryanne Freer

10:10 What IAPT can do for you (and your patients)

Dr John Hague

10:40 Session 1: Q and A session

11:00 Refreshments & Exhibition

Session 2: Recent Advances in the Management of Depression

11:30 Depression - an evidenced based first consultation
Dr Chris Dowrick

12.00 Collaborative Care: what is it, and how does it fit into primary care
Dr Carolyn Chew Graham

12.30 Session 2: Q and A session

12:50 Lunch & Exhibition

13.40 TBC

14:20 The diabetic care of people with a Severe Mental Illness - the results of the National Diabetes Audit review of the diabetic care of people with a severe mental illness, delivered by the Chair of the National Advisory Group
Dr Bob Young

15.00 Refreshments & Exhibition

Session 3: Management of Psychosis

15.30 The impact of smoking tobacco and cannabis on the care of people with a severe mental illness The role of PHCT in managing cardiovascular risk in severe mental illness          

Dr Louise Restrick

16:00 The role of the primary health care team in improving the health of people with a severe mental illness

Dr Sheila Hardy

16.30 Session 3: Q and A session

16:50 Chair’s closing remarks
Dr Alan Cohen

17.00 Close of the Conference

Whilst we endeavour to present the programme as advertised, we reserve the right to amend timings and content

VenueRCGP, 30 Euston Square, London, NW1 2FB
Maximum capacity280
EmailRCGP Conferences
Phone020 3188 7658
ContactRCGP Conferences


  • Hearing Loop
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Wi-fi

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Phone              020 3188 7506

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