Professor Len Bowers Professor of Psychiatry, Kings College London Len Bowers is a qualified psychiatric nurse with clinical and managerial experience in acute inpatient and community care. He now leads a team of researchers investigating this issue at the Institute of Psychiatry, has completed more than £4 million of grant funded research and has authored over a hundred peer reviewed publications. Speaking regularly at international conferences, Len has advised the UK Government on policy issues and contributed to policy guidelines on psychiatric nursing practice. Presentation Topic: Safewards: Making Wards More Peaceful Places Len Bowers focusses on why psychiatric wards are not all the same. He highlights that some experience ten times more adverse incidents, violence, self-harm etc., than others. He discusses the difference in wards and use the Safewards Model to explain how this can happen, and what we can do to help all our wards become quieter, calmer, more peaceful and safer places – for the patients and the staff.