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Trust staff present at prestigious Forensic Psychiatry Conference in Macedonia

Published: 04/11/2016

Representatives from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Warwick, presented at the Forensic Psychiatry Conference in Macedonia between 13 and 15 October 2016. The conference was co-sponsored by the World Psychiatric Association and took place in Ohrid, in the Hotel Gorica. Over one hundred delegates from across the EU attended.

Six members of staff submitted presentations, which were presented by and included Dr Vivek Furtado – Honorary Consultant from the Tamarind Centre, and Associate Clinical Professor of Forensic Psychiatry - and Catriona Connell – National Institute for Health Research Clinical Academic Doctoral Research Fellow. The presentations focused on a variety of topics, including: long term care in forensic psychiatry; occupational therapy in forensic health; community treatment orders; and cognitive impairment in prisons.

The members of staff at the Tamarind Centre chose to submit proposals for the conference after the opportunity was highlighted to Dr Vivek Furtado by members of the European Union Network of Forensic Psychiatrists, which he himself is a member of.

Dr Vivek Furtado said: “It was an excellent conference with good networking opportunities. This is a huge success considering the investment secure services has made in recruiting clinical-academics.”