The Forum has been very generously supported by several wonderful groups and organisations, which have made the whole event possible.

To learn more about them, please take a moment to read the following information:

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Mental Health Trust

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is a significant provider of high quality mental health services across a core catchment area covering Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. The Trust also provides specialist services for a wider catchment extending throughout the south west.

Our aim is to enable and empower people to reach their potential and to live fulfilling lives through providing recovery and reablement focused services that yield positive outcomes for our service users and their carers.

Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Gatsby is a Trust set up by David Sainsbury to realise his charitable objectives in plant science research, neuroscience research, science and engineering education, economic development in Africa, public policy research and advice, and the arts.

Gatsby aims to be more than a funder, acting as an enabler for projects, designing, developing, overseeing and, in some cases, delivering activities. Gatsby takes a long-term view as they do not think much can be achieved by short, one-off projects. Gatsby is always looking to increase the impact of its funds, and is therefore eager to form partnerships with others who share its goals. Gatsby supports both large- and small-scale work, employing different methods and models depending on the different challenges, but is always ultimately looking to deliver long-term, sustainable change.

Visit the Gatsby neuroscience website here.

Health Education England – Global Health Exchange

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Health Education England (HEE) supports the delivery of patient care through high quality education, training and workforce transformation. Recognising the common healthcare challenges countries face, as well as the value of learning in a global context, HEE is working through the Global Health Exchange, to promote and facilitate global learning opportunities and international partnerships, enhancing skills and capabilities in the NHS and around the world.

Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPscyh)

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional medical body responsible for supporting psychiatrists throughout their careers, from training through to retirement, and in setting and raising standards of psychiatry in the United Kingdom.

The College aims to improve the outcomes of people with mental illness, and the mental health of individuals, their families and communities. In order to achieve this, the College sets standards and promotes excellence in psychiatry; leads, represents and supports psychiatrists; improves the scientific understanding of mental illness; works with and advocates for patients, carers and their organisations. Nationally and internationally, the College has a vital role in representing the expertise of the psychiatric profession to governments and other agencies.

RCPsych Neuroscience Project 

Our aim is to make sure that training focuses more on the exciting advances in basic and clinical neuroscience, so that psychiatrists of the future are better equipped to provide comprehensive mental health care. We want trainees to be able to develop and deliver innovative biomedical approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of adult mental health, neurodevelopmental, and neurodegenerative disorders.

RCPsych Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee

The Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee (PTC) is a national community representing psychiatric trainees within the United Kingdom. We believe passionately that through driving improvements in the quality of training and through supporting and valuing each other, we can improve the quality of care and the lives of people with mental illness.

The PTC sends a representative to almost every committee in the College and the trainee representatives do far more than observe the workings of these committees, and take an active role in influencing College policy. PTC representatives on other committees are elected annually from within the PTC membership.

The PTC is represented at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges via the Academy Trainee Doctors’ Group, and at the BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee meetings. Representatives of the PTC attend meetings of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees and are involved in various working groups looking at training issues across Europe.

RCPsych General Adult Faculty

The Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry is the largest faculty in the Royal College of Psychiatrists with over 9000 members.  We represent members who work in a wide variety of settings: acute inpatient care, community mental health teams, and crisis resolution and home treatment teams.  Some members will work across all these services, but more often in the UK, psychiatrists now focus their work in just one of these functions.  In whichever setting the work is highly variable, providing care and treatment to patients across the spectrum of working age, diagnosis and illness severity.  As such general adult psychiatrists form the core of the adult mental healthcare in the UK.

The Faculty Executive Committee is elected by the members and works through the year on a range of issues with the support of staff at the College and often jointly with other faculties: setting standards for training, advising on the organisation of services, providing guidance and support for members and so on.  In the past few years the Faculty has published reports on improving physical healthcare for people with mental illness, on compassionate care, on good mental health services for young people, on the  use of formulation in general psychiatric practice, and a guide to quality improvement in mental healthcare.  We are about to publish reports on the state of community and crisis care in the UK (following a survey of members) and on making best use of routine outcome measures.

RCPsych South West Division

The South West Division represents and supports psychiatrists across the south west of England throughout their career – from medical students to retired doctors.

The Division Executive Committee is very committed and meets four times per year, holds an Annual Business Meeting once a year plus an annual Strategy Meeting.  They support and manage a number of activities on behalf of members and the College, including South West Division Training (SWDT), a job description approval process for trusts, and actively support a number of campaigns such as promoting research, innovation and recruitment into psychiatry.  Input from members, affiliates, patients and carers is important to the Division and weare keen to hear views on any issue, which would be reported back to the College.

The South West Executive Committee is pleased to support the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees’ 2018 Forum in Bristol.

Wellcome Trust

Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. We’re a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. We support scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations and spark debate.

More information about the Wellcome Trust can be found here.