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




Professor Wendy Burn, Main Lecture Theatre


Introduction to Psychiatry in Wales

Dr Ian Collings, Main Lecture Theatre


Perinatal and Postnatal Mental Health Introduction

Speaker TBA, Main Lecture Theatre


Workshop 1: Fathers Mental Health

Mark Williams, Venue TBC

Workshop 2: Latest Research in Perinatal Psychiatry - Name TBC

Dr Marisa Dias and Laura Dernie, Venue TBC

PN- Workshop 3

Lead TBA, Venue TBC


Coffee Break



Child and Adolescent Mental Health Introduction

Dr Jacinta Tan and Mair Elliott, Main Lecture Theatre


CAMHS- Workshop 1

Lead TBA, Venue TBC

CAMHS- Workshop 2

Dr Jacinta Tan and Mair Elliott, Venue TBC

CAMHS- Workshop 3

Lead TBA, Venue TBC


Lunch and Art Competition Voting



General Adult Mental Health Introduction 

Dr James Walters and Vicky Yeates, Main Lecture Theatre


Gen Adult- Workshop 1

Lead TBA, Venue TBC

Gen Adult- Workshop 2

Lead TBA , Venue TBC

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

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


Coffee Break 



Pecha Kucha Career Presentations

Speakers TBA, Main Lecture Theatre


Art Competition Winners Announced 

Main Lecture Theatre


Psychiatry Society Presidents Meeting


Sunday 3rd February





Diversity in Mental Health

Speaker TBA, Main Lecture Theatre


Workshop 1: Men's Mental Health 

Dr Ian Collings and Rogan Allport , Venue TBC

Workshop 2: BME Mental Health

Diverse Cymru, Venue TBC

Workshop 3: LGBTQ+

Lead TBA, Venue TBC

Workshop 4: Intellectual Disability

Dr Catherine Walton or Dr Harriet Slater, Venue TBC

10:45- 11:15

Coffee Break



Old Age Psychiatry Introduction

Dr Liz Clarke-Smith, Main Lecture Theatre


Workshop 1: Living with Dementia

Forget-me-not Choir and Dr Liz Clarke Smith, Venue TBC

Workshop 2: Early Onset Dementia

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

Workshop 3: 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.


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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