27 July 2018

AWP plays key role in European conference

Group Photo

Psychiatry trainees and staff from across Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust have been taking part in a European conference involving delegates from over 40 countries.

The 26th European Forum of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT) took place in Bristol from Friday 21 to Wednesday 25 July.

AWP was one of the sponsors of the event, which was attended by over 100 psychiatric trainees from countries including Romania, Croatia, Denmark, Finland and Turkey.

The event was organised by a team of psychiatrists employed by AWP and based in Bristol - Kirsty Alderton, Karl Scheeres, Grace Harris, Magdelena Klemm, Ben Wood, Johnathan Davies and Ruth Harrison.

The five day event included working groups, clinical visits, a neuroscience day and plenary sessions.

Wendy Burns who is AWP's Royal College of Psychiatrists' President attended the event.

Delegates were invited to attend visits to Callington Road Hospital, the North Bristol Mental Health Unit at Southmead Hospital, Mental Health Liaison Services at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Glenside Hospital Museum.

AWP Psychiatrist, Kirsty Alderton said: "It has been an absolute pleasure to host this incredible yearly event in our city of Bristol. We've learnt so much from our EU colleagues and we are excited for what the future holds. Working together to fight stigma, improve mental health services and make psychiatric training second to none, we've created some unforgettable memories and made some great friends along the way."

AWP's Medical Director, Rebecca Eastley, said: "It's wonderful that AWP has played such a key role in this event and I am delighted that we have been able to showcase some of our facilities and sites to the delegates. It is so important that we learn from fellow professionals around the world, share best practice and shape the future of this profession so that we can provide the best possible care to those who need it most."

Callington Road Hospital
This is one of the major sites for mental health care in Bristol. Based in the south of the city it has inpatient wards for adults of working age and older adults as well as both male and female psychiatry intensive care units. There is a large therapies unit on the site as well rehabilitation mental health services.

North Bristol Mental Health Unit, Southmead Hospital
Southmead Hospital is home to a large mental health liaison team. There are also a variety of inpatient mental health wards on site, including adults of working age, eating disorders, mother and baby unit and a 'place of safety' for those patients waiting for assessments
under the Mental Health Act.

Bristol Royal Infirmary
The mental health liaison services are based at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, whilst close by are services for those with drug and alcohol concerns. The liaison services include outpatient services
for those with medically unexplained illnesses and psychosexual disorders.

Glenside Hospital Museum
The museum tells the story of 150 years of psychiatric care through a unique and extraordinary collection of objects and photographs, creating a vivid picture of life and work in the former hospital. The museum is situated within the Victorian chapel in the grounds of the building
that opened in 1861 as Bristol Lunatic Asylum. In 1994, Glenside Hospital closed, but the collection was re-housed and the museum opened in the hospital chapel.


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