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Psychiatry symposium & Presidential Address

  • Date: Wednesday 26th February 2020 from 2.00-5.00 pm (Coffee & Registration from 1.30 pm)
  • Venue: Manchester Dental Education Centre (MANDEC), Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester, M15 6FH
  • Members from £0.00
  • Non Members £25-60
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University of Manchester Medical Students can book onto this meeting for free by emailing the Society at using their ‘University student email address only’.

1.30 pm
Coffee and Registration

2.00 pm
Dr Joseph Firth, Presidential Research Fellow, University of Manchester
“Protecting the physical health of people with mental illness: findings from the Lancet Psychiatry Commission”


All across the world, people with severe mental illness die 15-30 years younger than the general population. However, this gap in life expectancy is primarily due to physical diseases, rather than mental health causes. Although these severe inequalities in physical health is gaining more attention than ever, the large disparities in health outcomes for those with mental illness have persisted overtime, and may even be worsening in some regions. For these reasons, the 2019 Lancet Psychiatry Commission was assembled to create “A Blueprint for Protecting Physical Health in People with Mental Illness”. To do this, The Lancet Psychiatry Commission brought together an international team of researchers, clinicians, and key stakeholders, aiming to summarize advances in understanding on this topic, and present clear directions for health promotion, clinical care and future research. For this talk, key findings and recommendations from the Commission towards reducing the stark inequalities in physical health for people with mental illness will be presented, and discussed.

Learning Objectives:

1) What are some of the most common and burdensome physical comorbidities across the spectrum of mental disorders?
2) What impact do lifestyle factors have on physical comorbidities in mental illness?
3) What are some best practice approaches towards addressing these risks, and for reducing the incidence and impact of physical comorbidities in mental illness?

2.45 pm
Professor Shôn Lewis, Professor of Adult Psychiatry, University of Manchester
“Is the future of mental health really digital?”


The rationale, development and deployment of digital monitoring and interventions will be covered and the potential for shaping future mental health services will be examined.

Learning objectives: 

1) Understand the rationale, development and deployment of digital monitoring and interventions in the NHS
2) Learn about barriers and facilitators to adoption
3) Understand more about what service users and clinicians think, with implications for care pathways, working efficiency, and patient experience and safety.

3.30 pm

4.00 pm
PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS of Dr Richard Drake, Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT
“Schizophrenia, insight, concordance, adherence, compliance: how can we fit this stuff together into something useful?”


Poor insight, concordance, adherence and compliance have all been studied in people with psychosis, particularly with schizophrenia, without an overall framework to enable clinicians to fit various pieces of research into a coherent scheme. These different constructs can be related to each other logically and this enables us to understand this work in a coherent way. There is now enough evidence to populate such a coherent scheme with meaningful findings about what attitudes people have to illness, symptoms and treatment, and what drives these attitudes. In turn, this can enable us to understand why people engage with treatment or do not, why trials of adherence interventions often fail and how far we can change things to manage illness better.

4.45 pm