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CNWL teams at the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units annual conference

14 September 2018

A group of staff from our Caspian, Nile and Shannon Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) attended the 23rd National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU) annual conference held in Loughborough this month.

The conference was attended by over 200 professionals working in PICUs all over the UK and beyond, from a wide range of professions – nursing staff, doctors, occupational therapy, pharmacists, therapy staff, psychologists, patients/service users.

The theme of the event was “Quality improvement in Acute, Emergency and Forensic Mental Healthcare”.

CNWL was well represented not just in terms of attendance, but also in contribution to the event.

The conference was opened Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) who spoke about the priorities for the RCP

Claire Murdoch who, in addition to being CNWL Chief Executive, is National Mental Health Director at NHS England gave an update on the national direction of mental health services.

CNWL Chief Executive and National Mental Health Director at NHS England

Claire Murdoch

There were also a number of expert speakers from CNWL, including  representation from our therapies teams:

  • Diane Eagles, PICU Art Psychotherapist and Older People and Healthy Ageing Arts Psychotherapies Head spoke about art psychotherapy in PICU
  • Pavlina Papadopoulou, Music Therapist, Registered Clinical Supervisor, British Association for Music Therapy spoke about usic therapy in the PICU
  • Michelle Brooks, PICU Drama Therapist spoke about drama therapy in the PICU
  • Dr Nick Rhodes, Clinical Psychologist; Head of Patient Environment spoke about the anti-depressant environment, the arts in mental health care
  • Nick Goss, Tai Chi Instructor and Psychotherapist who took the conference delegation through a Tai Chi session.
The CNWL teams

The CNWL teams

Dr Nick Rhodes, Clinical Psychologist and Head of Patient Environment

Dr Nick Rhodes, Clinical Psychologist and Head of Patient Environment

Diane Eagles, PICU Art Psychotherapist and Older People and Healthy Ageing Arts Psychotherapies Head

Diane Eagles, PICU Art Psychotherapist and Older People and Healthy Ageing Arts Psychotherapies Head

On the second day of the conference Dr John Lowe, Consultant Psychiatrist and Jim O’Donnell, Deputy Borough Director, Kensington and Chelsea, both of whom have previously worked in a PICU, spoke movingly in a reflective session about psychiatric trauma in acute care, post Grenfell.

The full NAPICU conference programme, including the photos and biographies of CNWL speakers can be found here on the NAPICU website (PDF).