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  1. 1. SIGN Newsletter January 2007 Happy New Year to everyone. SIGN Business Meetings The date of the next SIGN Business Meeting is Friday 13th April 2007 at 1pm, The Council Room, Royal College of Psychiatrists. Lunch will be available from 12.30pm. Please send apologies for absence to Dr Mike Dilley at The minutes of the last and agenda for the next meetings will be available on the College website: SIGN Subgroups The UKPBIG (Brain Injury) meeting will be held on the morning of 13th April 2007. Expressions of interest in developing specialist subgroups in Sleep Disorders and Child Neuropsychiatry are invited to Education & Training 1. SIGN Education and Training Committee Expressions of interest for membership of the SIGN Education & Training Committee are invited by no later than 26th January 2007 to The plan is that with a single CCT (if this comes about) there will be endorsements from each of the psychiatry specialties (e.g. Old Age, Forensic, Child and Adolescent, Neuropsychiatry, Liaison) for ST4 – ST6 training – and each will need a curriculum on which this is based. This work will be lead by a College Curriculum Committee, and the membership of this committee will include representation from the various subspecialties. It will be appropriate for the Chair of the SIGN Education and Training committee to attend this College committee, or a nominated representative. In addition the SIGN Education and Training Committee we will need to develop assessments for neuropsychiatry throughout ST1 to ST6 years. 2. Basic Neuroscience Training (BNT) becomes Core Medical Training (neuroscience) (CMT (n)). Implications for Neuropsychiatry training.
  2. 2. Over the last few years the Joint Neuroscience Council and others have been developing proposals for a 2 year Basic Neuroscience Training (BNT) for ST1 to ST2 junior doctors. This would be a common training for neurologists, neuroradiologists, neurophysiologist etc. before they entered higher specialist training. Neurosurgical trainees might also take part. However it now seems likely that there will not be a separate BNT training programme. It is recommended instead that clinical neuroscience training (apart from neurosurgery which will be within surgical training) will be incorporated into Core Medical Training (CMT). There will be no separate recruitment of trainees to a BNT course. Within CMT, which covers ST1 and ST2, there will be a neuroscience stream, CMT (n). This will look rather similar to BNT, but without any independent status. Trainees will be selected first into CMT and then have the opportunity for applying for the neuroscience programme, among other medical programmes. At the end of CMT trainees go on into specific specialty training at ST3. Therefore though the name and status have changed the opportunities for shared training remain. For example CMT (n) trainees and neurosurgery trainees will share their ST1 training and assessment. CMT (n) will include opportunities for psychiatry training in ST2 (as I think will other CMT programmes). It is here that opportunities for psychiatry trainees, particularly those with an interest in neuropsychiatry, exist. It is likely that if a CMT (n) trainee is going to undertake a psychiatry training post in their ST2 year, they will have to swap with a psychiatry trainee, probably in their ST1 year, moving across to undertake the CMT (n) training slot they have vacated. Therefore, though the name has changed, it should still be possible for our ST1 trainees to get some experience in neuroscience training posts. This is an important opportunity to improve neuropsychiatry training. Those of you who are interested in making this happen in your local programmes may want to contact Dr Hugh Rickards ( ); Hugh has been looking at developing these training opportunities in Birmingham. 3. Neuropsychiatry CPD Modules Of 12 Learning modules on the College Online CPD website, 4 are neuropsychiatry:- The neuropsychiatry of multiple sclerosis by Dr Kate Jefferies Psychiatric problems in Parkinson's disease
  3. 3. by Dr J Serra-Mestres and Dr S Mukhopadhyay The assessment of traumatic brain injury by Dr Simon Fleminger & Dr Arsime Demjaha Early Onset Dementias by Dr Kate Jefferies and Dr Niruj Agrawal Please remember that neuropsychiatry lends itself to this format of teaching which allows images, eg. neuroimaging or neurophysiology, or video.. Four modules are reported as “Modules in progress”  Neuropsychiatry of epilepsy  Neuronal repair mechanisms  Cognitive and neurobehavioral assessment for psychiatrists  Neuropsychiatry of cerebrovascular disorders We look forward to these being added to the site in the near future. Please consider other topics that you might develop. Academic Meetings & Conferences 1. Joint Meeting of Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry & SIGN, Friday 16th March 2007 Members are invited to register for the Joint Meeting that is being held in Amsterdam or indeed, the entire conference – see programme details below. Registration requests should be sent to Sally Fricker 020 7235 2351 x145 2. British Neuropsychiatry Association, 22nd -23rd February 2007 Members are reminded of the British Neuropsychiatry Association meeting Thursday 22 February to Friday 23 February 2007 at the Institute of Child Health. The topics for this year’s conference are Parkinson’s Disease, Epilepsy, and Mind and Brain: the next 20 years. Further information available at 3. Proposed Joint Meeting with British Psychological Society, Division of Neuropsychology Members are invited to forward suggestions for the content of a joint meeting between SIGN and BPS to Drs Mike Dilley & Simon Fleminger, January 2007
  4. 4. Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry Annual Residential Conference 14th -16th March 2007 Hotel Artemis, Amsterdam WEDNESDAY 14TH MARCH 12.00 Registration and Lunch 13.30 HEART DISEASE Chair: Professor Matthew Hotopf, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK; Dr Albert Leentjens, Chair of the Section of CL Psychiatry, The Dutch Association of Psychiatry, Netherlands Cardiotoxocity of Depression? Professor Peter de Jonghe, Department of Psychiatry, Groningen 14.00 Does depression really increase mortality following Myocardial Infarction Dr Chris Dickens, University of Manchester, UK 14.30 Break 14.45 Annual General Meeting of Liaison Faculty 15.45 Coffee 16.15 25 YEARS OF LIAISON PSYCHIATRY Chair: TBA Dr Geoffrey Lloyd, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK Professor Francis Creed, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK Professor Richard Mayou, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, UK 17.30 Trainees and New Consultants’ Group Meeting 18.30 Close THURSDAY 15TH MARCH 08.30 Registration and coffee 09.00 Psychosocial care for diabetes Chair: Professor Else Guthrie, Manchester Royal Infirmary Rawnsley Building, UK KEYNOTE ADDRESS Depression and Diabetes: A Potentially Lethal Comorbidity Professor Wayne Katon, University of Washington Medical School, Washington, USA
  5. 5. 09.45 Meeting the mental health needs of patients with diabetes: where are we? Dr Frank Snoek, Diabetes Psychology Research Group, VU University Medical Centre, Netherlands 10.10 Title tbc Dr Khalida Ismail, Guys Kings & St Thomas School of Medicine, London, UK 10.35 General discussion 10.45 Coffee 11.15 WORKSHOPS I (11.15-12.45) 1 Understanding MMC (Modernising Medical Careers) Dr Damien Longson, Park House, Manchester, UK 2 Payment by result, NHS targets and Liaison Psychiatry Dr Melanie Temple, Pierremont Unit, Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darlington, UK 3 Mental capacity legislation in England and Scotland Dr Judith Halford, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow, UK; Professor Matthew Hotopf, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK 4 Malingering and illness deception Dr Chris Bass, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK 5 An introduction to cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) for liaison patients Dr Stella Morris, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, UK Dr Sarah Cluley, Royal Hull Hospitals N HS Trust, Hull, UK 6 Liaison psychiatry and undergraduate teaching Dr John Holmes, Academic Department of Psychiatry, Leeds, UK 12.45 Lunch 14.00 New research by new(ish) researchers (Chair: TBA) 14.50 General discussion 15.00 Coffee and Poster viewing 16.00 WORKSHOPS II (16.00-17.30) 1 Psycho-oncology Dr Anne Marie O’Dwyer, Liaison Psychiatry Department, St James Hospital, Dublin, Ireland 2 Experiences of Adults with Learning Disability and their Carers in General Hospital Settings Dr Helen Miller, National Deaf Services, London, UK 3 Key components of intervention models that improve quality and outcomes of depression care Professor Wayne Katon, University of Washington Medical School, Washington, USA 4 Talking Liberties: John Rawls's theory of justice and psychiatric practice Dr George Ikkos, Treasurer, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, UK Dr Jed Boardman, Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, London 17.30 Close 19.30 Conference Dinner
  6. 6. FRIDAY 16TH MARCH 08.30 Registration and coffee 09.00 Medically unexplained symptoms Somatoform disorders in General Practice. A medical or a public health issue? Dr Bert van Hemert, Parnassia psycho-medisch centrum, Netherlands 09.25 Neurological symptoms Professor Michael Sharpe, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh, UK 09.50 To “lump” or “split” the functional somatic syndromes? Infectious precipitants versus psychological factors Dr Rona Ross Morris, School of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK 10.15 Medically unexplained (physical) symptoms and psychological problems before and after disasters Dr Joris Yzermans, Netherlands institute for health services research, Netherlands 10.45 Coffee 11.15 OLD AGE LIAISON PSYCHIATRY Chair: TBA Dr John Holmes, Academic Department of Psychiatry, Leeds, UK 11.45 Professor Brian Lawlor, St James Hospital Jonathan Swift Clinic, Ireland, UK 12.15 Lunch 13.30 JOINT MEETING OF NEUROPSYCHIATRY SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP AND FACULTY OF LIAISON PSYCHIATRY Sign Session A: UPDATE ON MEMORY DISORDERS Chair: Dr Mike Kopelman, Adamson Centre for Mental Health, St Thomas Hospital, London, UK Sign Lecture 1: MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT – A NEW OR OLD DISORDER? Dr Roger Bullock, Kingshill Research Centre, Victoria Hospital, Swindon, UK 14.00 Sign Lecture 2: DELIRIUM: UPDATE ON MANAGEMENT Pharmacological treatment of delirium - Hippocrates or Nero? Dr David Meagher, St Anne's Day Hospital, Roxboro Rd, Limerick, Ireland 14.30 Sign Lecture 3: Screening for Dementia – Convenience or accuracy? Dr Alex Mitchell, Leicester General Hospital, Leicester, UK 15.00 Coffee 15.30 Sign Session A: THEME: INTERFACE DISORDERS Chair: Professor Mike Sharpe, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh, UK
  7. 7. Sign Lecture 1: Neurological conditions which may masquerade as psychiatric - A neurologist's perspective Dr Adam Zeman 16.00 Sign Lecture 2: Chronic Pain: The role of the Psychiatrist Professor Stephen Tyrer, Royal Victoria Infirmary Leazes Wing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK 16.30 Close At the time of printing all information is accurate. Subsequent changes will be included in the final programme which will be circulated at the meeting. VENUE INFORMATION HOTEL ARTEMIS John M. Keynesplein 2 NL-1066 EP Amsterdam Tel: +31 (0) 20 7189000 Fax: +31 (0) 20 718 9001 Dutch Design Hotel Artemis Amsterdam is a new, deluxe 4-star hotel located in the west of Amsterdam between the city centre and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. A total of 256 comfortable rooms occupy 8 floors, together with Restaurant-Bar ‘De Stijl’ with a water side terrace, 11 meeting rooms and a large underground car park. All rooms have a shower and/or bath, toilet, full air-conditioning, mini-bar, tea & coffee facilities, safe, hair dryer and trouser press. The rooms have direct dialing telephone connection and free wireless internet. Room service is served 24 hrs a day. Hotel Artemis Amsterdam stands apart with its own contemporary modern design style coupled with a warm welcome. LOCATION By Car from direction Utrecht / The Hague A4 (Schiphol Airport AMS) A4 direction Amsterdam, exit S107 Sloten. Take a right and follow the road around (passing the BP Petrol station on the left), keep going, once you pass under the flyover, take the left which is ‘David Ricardostraat’ (IBM) and you drive into the ‘John M. Keynesplein’. The hotel is on your right hand side. Public Transport Bus 164, bus stop ‘Sloterweg’, Tram 2, tram stop ‘Aletta Jacobslaan’, as well as the metro 50, metro stop ‘Henk Sneevlietweg’ are within comfortable walking distance. HOW TO BOOK ACCOMMODATION AT HOTEL ARTEMIS Delegates wishing to stay at Hotel Artemis should fax the enclosed accommodation booking form directly to the hotel by 30th January 2007 and quote the name of the conference to secure a preferential single room rate of 145 Euros (£100 approx.) including breakfast. Bookings after this date will be subject to availability. AMSTERDAM TOURIST INFORMATION Information about Amsterdam and alternative hotels can be viewed at: