The Annual
Veterans' Mental Health
Conference

7 March 2023, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London

The FiMT Research Centre
Conference

8 March 2023, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London

About The Event

Organised by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research with support from the Forces in Mind Trust and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Bringing together leading academics, researchers, medical professionals and charities to discuss the key issues in military mental health and the armed forces community across two days of conference.

Where

Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot St, London E1 8BB

When

Tuesday and Wednesday
7-8 March 2023

VMHC 2023 Speakers

Professor Neil Greenberg

Professor Neil Greenberg

Professor of Defence Mental Health

Professor Dominic Murphy

Professor Dominic Murphy

Combat Stress

Professor Sir Simon Wessely

Professor Sir Simon Wessely

Interim Executive Dean, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Professor Eric Vermetten

Professor Eric Vermetten

Professor Medical-Biological and Psychiatric Aspects of Psychotrauma

Dr Jonathan Leach OBE

Dr Jonathan Leach OBE

NHS England

Dr James Rucker

Dr James Rucker

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Daniel Leightley

Dr Daniel Leightley

Research Fellow

Nora Trompeter

Dr Nora Trompeter

KCMHR

Dr Victoria Williamson

Dr Victoria Williamson

KCMHR

Dr Julie Graham

Dr Julie Graham

NHS Wales

Ms Jemini Jethwa

Ms Jemini Jethwa

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr Fenne Smits

Dr Fenne Smits

Brain Research and Innovation Centre, NL Ministry of Defence, Utrecht

Dr Laurence Astill Wright

Dr Laurence Astill Wright

NHS Wales

FiMT RC 2023 Speakers

Lord Etherton

Lord Etherton

House of Lords

Sam Tillotson

Sam Tillotson

OVA: Deputy Director: Strategy

Professor Beverly Bergman

Professor Beverly Bergman

Professor of Veterans Health

Dr Sharon Stevelink

Dr Sharon Stevelink

KCMHR

Professor Chérie Armour

Professor Chérie Armour

Queen's University Belfast

Gavin Campbell

Gavin Campbell

Combat Stresss

Dr Stephen Herron

Dr Stephen Herron

Queen's University Belfast

Dr Howard Burdett

Dr Howard Burdett

KCMHR

Amy Franklin

Amy Franklin

Walking with the Wounded

Ronnie Bouch-Brown

Ronnie Bouch-Brown

Help for Heroes

Professor Edgar Jones

Professor Edgar Jones

Professor in the History of Medicine & Psychiatry

Professor Matthew Fossey

Professor Matthew Fossey

Director, Veterans and Families Institute

Dr Gill McGill

Dr Gill McGill

Co-Director of The Northern Hub for Military Veterans and Families Research

Ben Caves

Ben Caves

Senior Research Leader

Professor Nicola Fear

Professor Nicola Fear

Director - King's Centre for Military Health Research

Event Schedule

Here is our event schedule

Please note: The agenda is subject to change.

Registration

Session 1: Chaired by: Professor Sir Simon Wessely, King’s Centre for Military Health Research

Professor Sir Simon Wesselyg

Opening Address Professor Sir Simon Wessely

Veterans Mental Health Policy – what’s the current strategy Minister for the Armed Forces and Veterans

Dr Jonathan Leach OBE

What’s new in mental health care provision for veterans Dr Jonathan Leach OBE

Jemini Jethwa

Mental healthcare accreditation Jemini Jethwa

Morning Coffee Break

Session 2: Chaired by: Professor Nicola Fear, King’s Centre for Military Health Research

Rewind therapy for PTSD Dr Laurence Astill Wright

Professor Dominic Murphy

The treatment of complex PTSD in military veterans Professor Dominic Murphy

Dr Victoria Williamso

The treatment of moral injury related mental health conditions Dr Victoria Williamson and Amanda Bonson

Julie Graham

Walk and talk - EMDR therapy outdoors for veterans Ms Julie Graham

Panel discussion

Lunch and networking

Session 3: Chaired by: Tom McBarnet, Forces in Mind Trust

Professor Eric Vermetten

Critical Appraisal of the Use of Psychedelics for PTSD Professor Eric Vermetten

Neil Greenerg

Cannabis use in those with PTSD: A US perspective Dr Daniel Leightley

MDMA and the treatment of PTSD Dr James Rucker

Transcranial Stimulation for PTSD Dr Fenne Smits

Refreshments

Session 4: Chaired by: Chairperson, Forces in Mind Trust

PhD/Early Career showcase with expert judges panel

Neil Greenerg

Closing remarks Professor Neil Greenberg

Drinks reception and networking

Registration

Session 1: Chaired by: Ruth Harris, Director Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre

Neil Greenerg

Welcome to the FiMT RC Conference Ruth Harris

Sam Tillotson

Using Evidence to support the Strategy for our Veterans Sam Tillotson

Lord Etherton

The LBGT veterans review – why do we need it and what might it tell us Lord Etherton

Professor Beverly Bergman

The mental health needs of middle aged veterans Professor Beverly Bergman

Morning coffee break

Session 2: Chaired by: Professor Nicola Fear, Director Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre

Professor Edgar Jones

Women in the Military: the challenges of recognition and transition Professor Edgar Jones

Dr Sharon Stevelink

SUSTAIN project: Supporting Successful Transition for female veterans Dr Sharon Stevelink

Female Veterans’ Experience of Government and Charity Service Provision Professor Matthew Fossey

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How does Military Sexual Trauma impact on female veterans Gavin Campbell

Panel discussion and questions

Lunch and networking

Session 3: Chaired by: Ben Caves, Governance Advisor - Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre

Dr Gill McGill

Examining prevalence and understanding of social isolation and loneliness of war widows Dr Gill McGill

Understanding and improving Non-UK Service and transition in the British Armed Forces Nicola Gillin

Dr Stephen Herron

Understanding ‘Negative Transitioning’ in British Ex-Service Personnel Dr Stephen Herron

Dr Howard Burdett

Transition to civilian life for those injured on the battlefield in Afghanistan Dr Howard Burdett

Refreshments

Session 4: Chaired by: Professor Neil Greenberg,Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre

Neil Greenerg

Can we put a price on happiness? Capturing the non-clinical outcomes of therapeutic support Amy Franklin

What a Recovery College is and why it makes sense Ronnie Bouch-Brown

Understanding Post-traumatic Resilience and Growth in UK Armed Forces Veterans Professor Chérie Armour

Panel discussion

Closing remarks

Event Venue

Royal College of Psychiatrists, London


Royal College of Psychiatrists, London

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the main professional organisation of psychiatrists in the United Kingdom, and is responsible for representing psychiatrists, for psychiatric research and for providing public information about mental health problems.

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F.A.Q

  • Yes. You can get a £49 discount per ticket. Please contact [email protected] for a password to enable you to book and for further terms and conditions.

  • Tickets can be purchased via the King's College London e-store by clicking here.

  • Our policy is as follows:

    • Cancellation 2 months or more before the event - 100% refund 
    • Cancellation 1-2 months or more before the event  - 50% refund  
    • Cancellation less than one month before the event  - no refund  
    Please contact us via [email protected] for our refund policy.

  • Yes. Please contact [email protected] for further information.

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VMHC 2023 Day Ticket
£99

  • Free Wifi
  • Refreshments including lunch
  • Access to presentations
  • Drinks reception
  • VMHC 2023 ONLY

FiMT RC 2023 Day Ticket
£99

  • Free Wifi
  • Refreshments including lunch
  • Access to presentations
  • Drinks reception
  • FiMT RC 2023 ONLY

Package Deal
£185

  • Free Wifi
  • Refreshments including lunch
  • Access to presentations
  • Drinks reception
  • VMHC 2023 and FiMT RC 2023

Early Career Researchers Showcase

Submissions for this year’s Veterans’ Mental Health Conference poster session are now CLOSED.


We invite all early career researchers (ECRs) researching the Armed Forces community (including research on serving personnel, veterans and their families) to submit an abstract for our poster session.


Eligibility: You are eligible to submit a poster abstract if you are either: a) a Masters’ student, or b) a PhD student, or c) a recent doctoral graduate (completed your doctorate within the last 3 years).


Submission: Your abstract should be no more than 250 words and must include a funding statement (not included in the word count). Abstracts with no findings/preliminary findings will be considered if the findings will be confirmed by the time of the conference in March 2023. Please make this clear when you submit your abstract.


All submissions should be sent to [email protected] by 5th December 2022 and should include: 1) Your full name and institutional affiliation, 2) Whether you are a masters' student, PhD student or recent doctoral graduate (within last 3 years), and 3) Your abstract (maximum 250 words) with a clear title and funding statement.


Further information: For further information please see here.

Contact Us

Organiser Address

King's Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR)
Weston Education Centre, Cutcombe Road, SE5 9RJ
London

Phone Number

+44 2078 485 351