27 July 2018
AWP plays key role in European conference
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
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
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
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
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
for those with medically unexplained illnesses and psychosexual
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.