Join us in Cardiff for the 2019 National Student Psychiatry Conference: A Lifetime of Psychiatry.

This year the National Student Psychiatry Conference is being co-hosted by Cardiff and Swansea University Psychiatry Societies. We are kicking off the event with a live performance on Friday 1st February, followed by two days of fantastic speakers and exciting workshops, working our way through A Lifetime of Psychiatry. The conference will conclude at 13:30 on Sunday to give all students time for travel. We will be offering subsidised accommodation for the duration of the conference and we will be hosting an additional Social Event on the Saturday evening.


Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ


Fri 1st Feb 2019, 19:00 - 22:00
Sat 2nd Feb 2019, 08:30 - 17.00
Sun 3rd Feb 2019, 09:00 - 13:30



Friday 1st February 2019


Live Performance: 'The Wounded Healer' followed by Q&A

Dr Ahmed Hankir, Main Lecture Theatre

A systematic review and meta-analysis published in JAMA in 2016 revealed that 29% of medical students experience depressive symptoms and 11% report suicidal ideation. Stigma and a culture of shame are formidable barriers to mental health care and despite the availability of effective treatment many medical students with mental health difficulties continue to suffer in silence. Together with colleagues at the University of Cambridge, Dr Hankir pioneered the Wounded Healer, an innovative method of teaching that blends the performing arts with psychiatry. The main aims of the Wounded Healer are to engage, enthuse, enthral and to educate to challenge mental health stigma, debunk myths about mental illness and encourage care seeking. The Wounded Healer has been integrated into the medical school curricula of 4 UK universities and delivered to over 65,000 people in 13 countries on five continents worldwide. The Wounded Healer has been described as inspirational and the best lecture medical students have ever attended. 

Saturday 2nd February


Registration and Coffee



General Introduction

Dr Kate Lovett, Main Lecture Theatre


Introduction to Psychiatry in Wales

Dr Ian Collings, Main Lecture Theatre


Perinatal and Postnatal Mental Health Introduction

Professor Ian Jones, Main Lecture Theatre


Fathers Mental Health

Mark Williams, Venue TBC

Perinatal psychiatry: making research real

Dr Marisa Dias and Laura Dernie, Venue TBC

Perinatal Psychology

Lead TBA, Venue TBC


Coffee Break



Child and Adolescent Mental Health Introduction

Dr Jacinta Tan and Mair Elliott, Main Lecture Theatre


Diagnostic changes as adolescents enter adulthood 

Dr Ann Collins and Dr Anita Naik, Venue TBC

What Children and Young People Really Need from CAMHS

Dr Jacinta Tan and Mair Elliott, Venue TBC

ADHD- A Parent's Perspective

Zoe Piper, Venue TBC


Lunch and Art Competition Voting



General Adult Mental Health Introduction 

Prof James Walters and Vicky Yeates, Main Lecture Theatre


General Adult Research Workshop

Lead TBA, Venue TBC

The power of language - using language as a constructive tool in mental health care

Prof James Walters, Vicky Yeates and Veryan Richards, Venue TBC

Book Club: Turtles All the Way Down - Exploring Fictional Representation of OCD

Dr Athanasios Hassoulas, Venue TBC


Coffee Break 



Pecha Kucha Career Presentations

Dr Catherine Walton/ Dr Harriet Slater (Intellectual Disability), Dr Owen Davies (Forensic Psychiatry), Dr Liz Forty (Psychology/Med Ed), Main Lecture Theatre


Art Competition and Poster Competition Winners Announced 

Dr Kate Lovett, Main Lecture Theatre


Psychiatry Society Presidents Meeting


Sunday 3rd February





Diversity in Mental Health

Professor Dinesh Bhugra, Main Lecture Theatre


Men's Mental Health 

Dr Ian Collings and Rogan Allport , Venue TBC

BME Mental Health

Diverse Cymru, Venue TBC


Professor Dinesh Bhugra, Venue TBC

Health Inequalities in Intellectual Disabilities’

Huw Dunstall, Ann Collins and David Medhurst, Venue TBC

10:45- 11:15

Coffee Break



Old Age Psychiatry Introduction

Dr Liz Clarke-Smith, Main Lecture Theatre


Living with Dementia

Dr Liz Clarke Smith and guest TBC, Venue TBC

Impact of Early Onset Dementia

Dr Harriet Slater, Dr Alex Wojtowicz and Dr Laura Pearson, Venue TBC

Depression and Suicide in Later Life

Dr Natalie Hess, Venue TBC


The Future of Psychiatry

Professor David Nutt , Main Lecture Theatre

Join us on 1st-3rd February 2019

We look forward to seeing you there.



Dr Ahmed Hankir

Dr Ahmed Hankir is Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Mental Health Research in association with the University of Cambridge. Dr Hankir's research interests include global mental health, Muslim mental health and pioneering and evaluating innovative programmes that challenge mental health related stigma and Islamophobia and he has published extensively in these areas. Dr Hankir was headhunted by the American Psychiatric Association to co-edit a textbook on Islamophobia and Psychiatry with Professor Rania Awaad at Stanford University who presented her research on Muslim mental health to Barack Obama in the White House (due for publication by Springer in December 2018). Dr Hankir has delivered oral presentations and keynote lectures alongside Nobel Prize Laureates and Ted speakers in international conferences worldwide. Dr Hankir is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards notably the 2013 Royal College of Psychiatrists Foundation Doctor of the Year and the 2018 RCPsych Northern and Yorkshire Division First Prize Oral Presentation Competition Winner. Dr Hankir was twice a Finalist for the RCPsych Psychiatric Communicator of the Year Award for his Wounded Healer project and has been shortlisted for the 2018 RCPsych Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year. In recognition of his services to public education, Dr Hankir was appointed Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychiatry with the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies, Florida, USA.

Mark Williams

Mark Williams is a keynote speaker, author (Daddy Blues at Trigger press) and International campaigner. In 2004 he himself experienced depression and suffered in silence for years until a breakdown. He founded International Fathers Mental Health Day and #Howareyoudad campaign to make sure all parents are having support for the whole family.

Mark has spoken on television and radio stations around the world and works with Dr Jane Hanley who have both published articles on Fathers Mental Health together. Mark was awarded Inspirational father of the year and local hero at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2012 and was invited to meet The Royal Family on World Mental Health Day in 2016.

Dr Liz Clarke- Smith 

Dr Liz Clarke-Smith completed her medical training in Cardiff, qualifying in 1993. She has been a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in Swansea for 16 years, and is also Honorary Senior Lecturer and Mental Health Lead at Swansea University Medical School. She previously spent 5 years as Clinical Director for Old Age Psychiatry services in Swansea. She has pursued research interests in the genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease and current academic interests are in the field of medical education.

Rogan Allport

Rogan Allport is a Cardiff based personal trainer, podcaster, writer and board member of the charity My Discombobulated Brain. He has worked in the fitness industry for almost a decade and is no stranger to seeing the incredible power that strength and fitness has to change, and in some cases, save lives.

Having battled with his own issues regarding depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide. His personal passion is to spreading awareness of Men’s mental health, and suicide awareness and to take a stand against the notion that, “big boys don’t cry.” Rogan hopes that through the efforts of all the team at Discombob, we can develop a culture and community centred around emotional openness, honesty, and personal development to stop people suffering in silence.

Veryan Richards

Veryan Richards is a patient representative on several RCPsych Committees and is particularly interested in the balance of evidence-based practice and values-based practice in person-centred healthcare. She is co-author of College Report 204 Core Values for Psychiatrists and is currently leading the RCPsych in Wales Language Guidelines Working Group. She was on the Working group of the recently published CR215 Person-centred care: implications for training in psychiatry and is an Individual Partner in the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social Care, St Catherine’s College, Oxford. 

Mair Elliott

Mair is a young patient activist, speaking openly about life with mental illness and autism. Mair's activism includes public speaking, trying to affect change in mental health and/or autism services by contributing to relevant organisations, panels, committees and executive boards. Mair's mission is to raise awareness of mental illness and/or autism and breakdown stigma by speaking openly and honestly about her own story of mental illness and autism. Part of Mair's mission is to also ensure that future generations can access timely, appropriate, high quality support from health services or other service providers. She work from a rights-based mindset and seeks to empower other young people to stand up and fight for what they believe in!

Professor David Nutt

Prof David Nutt is currently the Edmund J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and Head of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Centre for Academic Psychiatry in the Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London. He is also visiting professor at the Open University in the UK and Maastricht University in the Netherlands. 

He currently is the founder Chair of (formerly the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs - ISCD) and has held many leadership positions including presidencies of the European Brain Council, the British Neuroscience Association and as well as Chair of the UK Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. 

David has edited the Journal of Psychopharmacology for over twenty five years and acts as the psychiatry drugs advisor to the British National Formulary. He has published over 500 original research papers and a similar number of reviews and books chapters, eight government reports on drugs and 31 books, including one for the general public, ‘Drugs Without the Hot Air’, which won the Transmission book prize in 2014 for Communication of Ideas.

David broadcasts widely to the general public both on radio and television; highlights include being a subject for The Life Scientific on BBC radio 4, several BBC Horizon programs and the Channel 4 documentaries Ecstasy and Cannabis Live. David is much in demand for public affairs programs on therapeutic as well as illicit drugs, their harms and their classification. He has even lectured at Glastonbury!

In 2010 The Times Eureka science magazine voted him one of the 100 most important figures in British Science, and the only psychiatrist in the list. In 2013 he was awarded the Nature/Sense about Science John Maddox prize for Standing up for Science and in 2016 an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Bath for contributions to science and policy.

Dr Jacinta Tan

Dr Jacinta Tan is a research psychiatrist and medical ethicist. She is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Swansea University Medical School, and also an honorary consultant psychiatrist in the Adult Tier 3 Specialist Eating Disorder Team of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. A multidisciplinary academic with degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, Child Health and Sociology, Jacinta spent many years researching mental capacity in anorexia nervosa at the University of Oxford.

Jacinta is particularly proud to be the founder and convenor of the Welsh Eating Disorder Research Development Group since 2012, and also the Law and Ethics of Anorexia Nervosa – Values in Practice (LEAN-ViP) network of the Collaborating Centre for Values Based Practice in Health and Social Care since 2017. She is also a founder editor and now Senior Editor for the Biomed Central open access journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health. She works with NHS clinicians, researchers, the third sector, patients, and carers to develop research for eating disorders and values based practice. She was tasked by the Welsh Government to lead the Eating Disorder Service Review for Wales in 2018. Her vision as the sole eating disorder clinical academic in Wales is to co-develop interdisciplinary eating disorder and ethics research together with patients, families, other clinicians and academic partners, which examines issues at the coalface of treatment and thereby directly improves healthcare for eating disorders across the lifespan in Wales.

Suzanne Duval

Suzanne Duval has worked in the voluntary sector for 30 years, representing, supporting and delivering much needed services to BME individuals, agencies and support organisations throughout Wales.

At Diverse Cymru she is the BME Mental Health Manager with responsibility for managing three major projects addressing inequality within the BME mental health communities. She is currently working collaboratively with all 7 Local Health Boards, the Welsh Government and the Local Authority to represent the views and issues of BME people with mental ill health. She develops local and national actions designed to improve cultural sensitivity and inclusion in mental health services, policy and practice throughout Wales.

Suzanne is the Project Lead for the BME Mental Health Workplace Good Practice Certification Scheme which has been endorsed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Charles Willie

Dr Charles Willie is a researcher, trainer and Management Consultant with a reputation for high quality deliverables and outcomes. Charles’ primary area of expertise is within the equality and diversity arena, where he has been involved in equality and diversity issues within the voluntary, private and public sector for the past 25 years. This experience has primarily been within the public sector, where he played a leading role in helping organisations take forward their equality and diversity responsibilities.

Charles is the Project Advisor for the BME Mental Health Workplace Good Practice Certification Scheme.

Dr Catherine Walton

Dr Catherine Walton trained at Cardiff University. She has had a diverse medical career spanning a number of specialities before settling on psychiatry, and is now an ST5 in Intellectual Disability Psychiatry.

Dr Harriet Slater

Dr Harriet Slater is a Learning Disability Psychiatrist in her final year of specialist training in South Wales. She graduated from Southampton University in 2009 and has completed her training in various seaside resorts around the UK, including the Channel Islands. She has previously worked as a Teaching Associate for Oxford University and is an Honorary Tutor at Cardiff University. She is passionate about improving the quality of care for people with learning disabilities and has authored work on healthcare inequalities. She is currently a Welsh representative on the RCPsych’s Psychiatric Training Committee (PTC) and represents trainees views at both the RCPsych’s Faculty of Intellectual Disability and Faculty of Medical Psychotherapy.

Dr Athanasios Hassoulas

Dr Athanasios Hassoulas is Programme Director of the MSc in Psychiatry at Cardiff University and is also a lecturer in Medical Education on the MBBCh programme. His primary research has focused on anxiety disorders, specifically Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). His interest in this particular area of research was sparked by his own personal experience of the disorder, having been diagnosed with OCD at 16 years of age. He speaks openly about his early research as well as his own experience of living with the condition, having also been interviewed by BBC Wales as a subject expert on OCD. He feels passionately about challenging the misconceptions and stigma around mental illness, encouraging others to be open about the challenges they face. He is equally passionate about understanding what factors lead to the onset of psychiatric conditions such as OCD, and how improving our scientific understanding of these conditions can advance future treatment options at our disposal.


Laura Dernie

Laura Jane Dernie is the founder of the local mental health charity My Discombobulated Brain and a freelance personal assistant. She is a 30 something mumma of two who, after losing her best friend Jon at 18 to suicide, then experiencing mental health issues during and after both her pregnancies, started My Discombobulated Brain. Once speaking out about her Mental Health, she realised that people were in the same situation as her and were also suffering. She wanted people to realise that they weren’t alone and just by talking it can make the world of difference.


Dr Huw Dunstall

Dr Huw Dunstall completed his medical training at Cardiff University, qualifying in 2013. He is currently a Specialty Doctor in Intellectual Disability Psychiatry, based in South Wales. He has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders and sits on the executive committee for the Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Special Interest Group. He is enthusiastic about developing the Psychiatrists of tomorrow; he facilitates medical student teaching and is a member of the All Wales Strategic Medical Workforce Group, aimed at promoting recruitment into Psychiatry.  He was also a Psychiatry Trainees’ Committee representative for Wales (2017-2018). Having a sister-in-law with profound intellectual disabilities fuels his passion for promoting excellent quality of care and improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.


Dr Ian Collings

Dr Ian Collings qualified from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2000. He completed all of his training in psychiatry South Wales and became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2005. He has worked as a Consultant in Swansea since 2012. Dr Collings has worked in acute inpatient psychiatry, home treatment and rehabilitation and recovery.

Dr Collings has always been passionate about the education of all healthcare professionals. Between 2015 and 2017 Dr Collings was the Wales Deanery Head of School/Associate Dean for Psychiatry. As Head of School Dr Collings lead in the development of a number of innovative educational initiatives including the MRCPsych exam preparation course and advanced communications skills training.

Since 2017 Dr Collings has worked as the interim deputy Postgraduate Dean in Health Education & Improvement Wales (HEIW), a new body responsible for all healthcare professional education in Wales. In this role he has had the opportunity to lead in a number of portfolio areas including leadership development in medical and dental trainees, clinical academic training and workforce development governance.

Dr Collings has an interest in the use of technology to deliver education and training and the psychological health of medical student and trainees and how we can develop organisational resilience.

Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE

Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE is Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. He was President of the World Psychiatric Association from 2014-2017 and in 2018 became President of the British Medical Association. Dinesh Bhugra’s research interests are in cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and service development. He is the recipient of over 10 honorary degrees. He has authored/co-authored over 400 scientific papers and 30 books, and is the Editor of three journals (International Journal of Social Psychiatry, International Review of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health). Previously he was the Dean (2003-2008) and then President (2008-2011) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK, where he led on major policy initiatives on psychiatry’s contract with society and the role of the psychiatrist.

Dr Ann Collins

Dr Ann Collins completed her medical training in 2007, graduating from Cardiff University. She is currently a Specialty Registrar in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, having worked in this specialty for over 5 years both in Wales and abroad. Dr Collins has pursued her interests in teaching and pastoral care by taking on roles as an Honorary Tutor at Cardiff University and a RCPsych Psychiatric Trainee Representative. She has a special interest in neuropsychiatry and the mental health of children with learning difficulties. She has also pursued research interests in the transition of mental health disorders as adolescents enter adulthood.

Zoe Piper

Hi, I’m Zoe Piper from Pencoed in Bridgend, I am a mum of 3 Emily 19 Dylan 15 and Ethan 8. It was when my middle child Dylan was 6 and diagnosed with ADHD I found myself isolated and alone.....

In May 2012, I set up a Facebook page for families and individuals affected by ADHD in the Bridgend area. We wanted to provide these individuals with a safe place to talk, without judgement or embarrassment.

It quickly became apparent as members to our page increased, that we needed to provide a more substantial service. Seeing first-hand the numbers of families in the area who were affected, like us, and who were struggling on a daily basis was enough for us to work at creating a wider network of support. ADHD Connections charity was born.

Dr Marisa Casanova Dias

Dr Marisa Casanova Dias is a clinical academic psychiatrist at Cardiff University. She was awarded an MRC (Medical Research Council) Clinical Research Training Fellowship to pursue a PhD to study bipolar disorder in the perinatal period, which she will combine with being an honorary consultant. She has worked at King’s College London, researching women’s mental health and contributing to the Policy Research Unit work. Marisa trained at the Maudsley and University College London schemes and holds an MSc in Psychiatric Research from University College London. During her training she was awarded a year-long leadership fellowship at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), where she contributed to the Bipolar Guideline.

She is a past president of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT) and set up the EFPT Exchange Programme. She is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK delegate to the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), and board member of the European Psychiatric Association’s Section on Women’s Mental Health.


Haydn Ellis Building, Maindy, Cardiff, UK

To Walk: From Queen Street, a central shopping street in Cardiff, it takes around 25 minutes to walk to the Hadyn Ellis Building.

By Train: Our nearest Station is "Cathays" it is roughly a 10 minute walk to Hadyn Ellis Building from here. Alternatively you can go to Cardiff Central Station and take an Uber or Taxi.

By Plane: Our nearest airport is Cardiff Airport. To get from the airport to Cardiff City Centre there is the T9 airport express bus, tickets cost from £5 with the service running every 30 minutes. There are alternative services available. See Cardiff Airports website for more information. 

By Car: Via the M4 take exit 30 onto A4232. Take the second exit at the next roundabout onto A4232. Then at the next roundabout take second exit to merge onto the A48. From here take the first exit down Whitchurch road and then right onto Cathays Terrace. Drive down until Maindy Road (it is close to Lidl).

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