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The 9th Annual International CMHP Psychiatric Pharmacy Conference

Friday 12th October to Sunday 14th October 2018 at Imago, Loughborough

We are pleased to announce that the 9th International Psychiatric Pharmacy Conference will be held at Imago, Loughborough. Our annual international conference is the flagship event in our calendar. We provide delegates with opportunities to explore clinical and strategic issues, to share good practice, to learn from each other and to enable networking.

This year our conference content will be taking a wider perspective. We will be having a different focus for each day: Motivation and Appreciation, and New Insights on Friday, Practice Development on Saturday, and Mental health and Pharmacy Development, Internationally on Sunday. Workshops will include Quality Improvement, Research, and Credentialing.

Feedback from the previous conferences was very positive with some saying:

"Totally awesome weekend, 30 years in pharmacy and I am still impressed - thank you."

"Thank you for an inspiring, fascinating and fun conference! Excellent speakers and great enthusiasm all round!"

Conference Programme

We are very pleased to announce the programme, useful information and speaker biographies are now available for the 9th Annual International CMHP Psychiatric Pharmacy Conference here. With a wide range of topics and speakers on board this years' Conference promises to be both interesting and informative.

Oral presentations and posters

CMHP were pleased to accept abstract submissions for The 9th Annual International CMHP Psychiatric Pharmacy Conference until 23:59 on 30th June 2018 (late entries will not be accepted).

You can view guidance for poster presentation at the conference by clicking here.

Marking proformas for poster categories can be viewed here:
Criteria for Evaluating Audit Poster Abstract Submissions
Criteria for Evaluating Service Development/Evaluation/Research/Other Poster Abstract Submissions
Criteria for Evaluating Quality Improvement Poster Abstract Submissions

If you have any technical queries regarding the Oxford Abstracts submission system, please direct them here: ch@cjnsc.kmpk-oe.ou

If you have any queries regarding the abstract submission process/guidance or otherwise require further assistance, please contact rsac@mpogueerhch.r.k

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

We welcome supporters and exhibitors to join us and network with our delegates and share your innovative products within our industry, full details of the packages available can be found in the Supporter & Exhibition Information Pack. If this is of interest to you or to discuss further please contact us on 01332 224509 or email ch@cjnsc.kmpk-oe.ou and we will get back to you.

Our Medical Exhibition and delegate Posters will be available for viewing throughout the conference until 16.00 Saturday 13th October.

Please note, we only have limited accommodation at the onsite hotel (Burleigh Court) each night and accommodation is subject to availability and will be confirmed by a member of the team.

We will be encouraging tweets in advance and throughout the conference, please use: @CMHPUK and #CMHP18 to join the conversation. You can also join the conversation on the CMHP Facebook page

For further information please contact us on 01332 224509 or ch@cjnsc.kmpk-oe.ou

Speakers and Facilitators

The packed programme has a different focus for each day: Motivation and Appreciation, and New Insights on Friday, Practice Development on Saturday, and and Mental health and Pharmacy Development, Internationally on Sunday. Workshops will include Quality Improvement, Research, and Credentialing.

All speaker biographies including session chairs can be found in the draft programme and useful information document.


Matt Ellison

Keynote Speaker
Matt is a speaker and educator on transgender issues.

He was co-chair of one of the UK’s largest transgender support groups, which meet once a month in Camden, he’s has participated in meetings with NHS England about improving trans health care, and is active in the trans community. He’s been interviewed for various websites and podcasts.

The founder of a thriving guitar school, Matt is also a horse riding instructor, keen weightlifter, kickboxer and holds black belts in both judo and jujitsu.

Richard Nicholls

Richard is an author, podcaster and UKCP accredited psychotherapist who specialises in the therapeutic use of hypnosis.

A passionate advocate for mental health awareness, as well as working as a one-to-one therapist, Richard is best known for his book “15 Minutes to Happiness” and his iTunes number one reaching audio series “The Richard Nicholls Podcast.”

He has been interviewed in many magazines and radio programmes about the psychology and behaviour behind happiness and was awarded the Hypnos award for services to the profession by The National Society of Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness.

Twitter: @richardnicholls


Mohammed Abbas

Keynote Speaker
Mohammed Abbas is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical director for postgraduate medical education at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. He is an Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences at University of Leicester (UOL).

He is a full time clinician working in the NHS, he has a number of research interests including: Schizophrenia: He co-authored a new evolutionary theory of schizophrenia (Abed and Abbas, 2011 & Abed and Abbas, 2014) which might shed light on the mechanism of a novel intervention in schizophrenia (oxytocin). Suicide: He is the first author of a paper which developed a new scale of eliciting the meanings (motives) of suicidal/self-harming behaviour and the lead of Iraqi National Study of Suicide in collaboration with Professor Louis Appleby, Chair, National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group for England, United Kingdom. This project has established a suicide register in Iraq. The first report was published in 2018 (Abbas et al, 2017). Case formulation (CF) in psychology and psychiatry: Mo has led the development of a new model of psychiatric CF.

Mo has been involved in projects aimed at improving mental health services and medical education in Iraq. These projects led to a significant change of undergraduate medical education curricula in a number of these schools in collaboration with (UOL). UOL was shortlisted for the TIMES Higher Education Awards in 2017and Mohammed was the Winner of the Royal College of Psychi

Alex O'Neill-Kerr

Keynote Speaker
Alex has been the Medical Director for the Trust since 2003. As an executive member of the Board helped the Trust achieve a rating of outstanding overall by the CQC.

Alex has 25 years’ experience as a general adult consultant psychiatrist. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the College of Psychiatry of South Africa. He is a visiting Professor in Neuromodulation at the University of Northampton.

Alex is the Clinical lead for the Northamptonshire Centre for Neuromodulation based in Northampton at Berrywood Hospital. The Centre provides
• ECT and nurse administered ECT
• repetitive Transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)
• Theta burst stimulation (TBS)
• Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
• Ketamine infusion

These treatments are primarily used in the treatment of depression and other mental health disorders. The Northampton Centre was the first in the NHS to provide clinical rTMS to NHS patients and opened in 2015. It is the only NHS Trust providing all these treatment modalities in a single clinical area.

Alex has co-authored a paper on rTMS published in the November 2016 BJPsych Advances. He lectures both nationally and internationally on rTMS at the Royal College of Psychiatry International Meeting and at the Royal College of Psychiatry ECT training days. He has also written chapters on TMS for the Fourth Edition of the Royal College of Psychiatrists ECT and related treatments Handbook 2018.


Giles Berrisford

Keynote Speaker
Dr Berrisford is the Lead Clinician working within the Perinatal Mental Health Service at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust with a ten bedded inpatient mother and baby unit.

Dr Berrisford is also the Joint Associate National Clinical Director for Mental Health (Perinatal) with NHS England and the Chair of the Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Reference Group advising NHS Specialised Commissioning. Dr Berrisford is the Vice-Chair for the Perinatal Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is Chair of the national charity Action on Postpartum Psychosis.

Allyson Coogan

Keynote Speaker
Dr Allyson Coogan is a Registered Psychotherapist and head of mental health services at Exchange House Ireland. Trained in Canada, she has a strong background in mental health and addictions and holds certification in EMDR, CISM, as well as advanced trauma training.

As a therapist and consultant, Allyson has her professional focus is in the areas of: acute trauma, developmental/complex trauma and the impact of trauma on professionals and on mental health services. Allyson provides training, clinical consultation and supervision to mental health professionals and organizations. Her theoretical framework is trauma-informed and strength-based.

Allyson is an experienced training facilitator who has educated medical professionals, those in social service/mental health and front line community workers in trauma and addiction. She is known for her direct and lively style and her ability to translate complex theories about traumatic responses into relevant practices for post-traumatic growth in vulnerable populations. Allyson’s engaging story telling – plus her wry sense of humour – creates a compelling presence in any presentation she delivers!

Robert J Flanagan

Keynote Speaker
Professor Flanagan is Consultant Clinical Scientist, Precision Medicine, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Professor in Psychosis Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neurology, King’s College London. He has published over 250 scientific papers and five books. Particular interests have been treatment of mental illness especially as regards use of antipsychotics, notably clozapine, and the diagnosis of substance abuse, especially misuse of volatiles such as butane. He has acted as a consultant to the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime and to the World Health Organization. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, of the Royal College of Pathologists, and of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and an Honorary Fellow of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy. He is a past-President of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Christine Villesen

Keynote Speaker
Christine is a clinical pharmacist at Mental Health Center Sct. Hans Capital Region of Denmark and the Psychiatric Geriatric units in Zealand Region of Denmark. After a placement abroad at Unit for Medication Outcomes Research and Education (UMORE), School of Pharmacy, University of Tasmania, she obtained her master’s Degree in Clinical Pharmacy from Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Copenhagen in 2006. She has over 10 years’ experience working in hospital pharmacy in various settings in Denmark including two years as a research assistant part time at Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, Rigshospitalet and the department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, section of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen.

Her area of interest and experience is psychopharmacology, substitution therapy, forensic psychiatry, chronic non-malignant pain management and medicines management in the elderly patient with multiple comorbidities.

Christine was part of the national project “regional interdisciplinary teams regarding medication in Psychiatric Care” which has been the stepping stone for implementing clinical pharmacy in the Mental Health Service in Denmark.

Besides being a clinical pharmacist, Christine lives 300 meters from North Sea in the area known as Cold Hawaii, Klitmoeller. Here she enjoys the local community, the surf and baking pizza in her woodfired stone oven from a home-made food truck.

Dr Naoko Arakawa

Keynote Speaker
Dr Arakawa obtained her Bachelor in Pharmacy from the Meiji Pharmaceutical University, Japan, and became a registered pharmacist in Japan in 2002. She worked in hospital for 7 years and community pharmacy for over 1 year in Japan. She moved to the UK for her postgraduate study in 2010, and obtained Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice and Policy with distinction from the UCL School of Pharmacy in 2011. She completed her PhD at the UCL School of Pharmacy in 2016, and her thesis was entitled ‘Global Pharmacy: A Comparative Exploration and Analysis of Initial Professional Education’.

Dr Arakawa undertook a role of the International Lead at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for UK-Japan collaborative programme between 2016 and 2018. She is currently serving for the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) as an elected ExCo member of the Academic Pharmacy Section.

Dr Arakawa has research interest in pharmacy education and workforce development, and pharmacist roles in public health and patient care, especially using needs-based and problem-solving approach towards better health outcomes of populations.

Dr Hayley Gorton

Keynote Speaker
Hayley is a researcher and community pharmacist. Last year, she was awarded her PhD for her epidemiology research on the risk of self-harm, suicide and other unnatural death in people with epilepsy. Researching suicide made Hayley reflect on her role as a community pharmacist, and what she would do if someone was in crisis. This has culminated in blogs and talked aimed at the pharmacy profession, including here at the CMHP annual conference in 2016. Hayley will update you on progress since then, focussing on her Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) travel fellowship which took her to North America, to research exactly this. She will describe her journey and findings from this fellowship which took her to New York, Nova Scotia and Washington. On the journey, she met with researchers, pharmacy teams, other healthcare professionals and charities to discuss the role of community pharmacy teams in suicide prevention. The trip ended in Washington state, where last year in became a legal requirement for pharmacists to have suicide prevention training. She will present the reflections of her journey, and some comparisons to current research she is leading at the University of Manchester.


Imago, Loughborough

Holywell Park Conference Centre, Holywell Way, Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, Loughborough, LE11 3GR •  Directions

Close to the Nottinghamshire border and within a short distance of Nottingham, East Midlands Airport and Derby there is a substantial amount of free secure car parking next to the venue with over 1000 spaces available for vehicles. Use the postcode LE11 3GR or type 'Holywell Way, Loughborough' into your sat-nav. Accommodation will be at the on-site Burleigh Court Hotel which is situated within the university grounds approximately 5-10 minutes walk from Holywell Park with free on-site parking.

Additional Information

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PDFCMHP Conference 2018 Programme and Useful Information