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Psychiatry updates for physicians

This workshop provides a practical approach to building confidence in how we can better manage our patients with mental health issues, in both hospital inpatient and outpatient settings.

The workshop will identify opportunities to explore, understand and identify how we can achieve better outcomes for our patients who have mental health conditions alongside their physical ones and highlight what differences we can make within inpatient and outpatient settings. We will put theory into practice through interactive case-based approaches and small group work to explore situations such as:

  • Ways in which mental health interacts with other conditions eg COPD and anxiety.

  • How to manage our patients with diabetes and depression

  • How to better manage our AMU frequent attenders

  • What else is possible with frequently encountered mental health issues

  • What to do when the patient is refusing care


The aim is to strengthen our skills in diagnostic and clinical reasoning and how we manage our patients with mental health conditions that we often feel less well equipped to do well

The programme will be jointly delivered by Dr Sean Cross and Dr Emma Vaux.

Dr Sean Cross is Clinical Director of the Mind & Body Programme at King’s Health Partners; a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; and Managing Director of Maudsley Learning. Sean feels strongly that better integration of mental and physical healthcare provision requires evidence-based service transformation; high quality, meaningful education and training; and the harnessing of staff, patient and carer enthusiasm to bring about culture change in all our organisations.

Dr Emma Vaux is a Consultant Nephrologist and General Physician at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. She has a research doctorate from Oxford University (2001). She has a postgraduate certificate in education. She is a Health Foundation Generation Q Fellow and founding Q member.

She is an MRCP(UK) examiner and also co-Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) Joint Academy Training Forum. She is Clinical Lead (renal) for the Berkshire West Integrated Care Partnership, leading the transformation of outpatient practice. She is a Specialty Advisor with the Care Quality Commission and an NHS Resolution Case Investigator and Clinical Assessor. She is on the Editorial Board for the Future Healthcare Journal. She leads an active clinical research programme.

Recent roles include AoMRC Clinical Associate leading on quality improvement (QI) development and Associate Medical Director, Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board.  She has been Clinical Director Acute Medicine, and QI, at her own Trust.

Who should attend?

This workshop is aimed at all physicians throughout the specialties who encounter patients who may have additional mental health needs.  The focus is on those working in the acute care or outpatient setting which have their own unique issues.