Keynote lecture: Psychiatry: Future Challenges and Opportunities

Dr Julian Beezhold FRCPsych is a full time Consultant in Emergency and Liaison Psychiatry at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, United Kingdom, responsible for acutely ill patients receiving medical care.

He has worked for over fifteen years in acute inpatient and crisis resolution home treatment psychiatry at Hellesdon Hospital, and is accredited in general, old age and liaison psychiatry.

He is Honorary Senior Lecturer University of East Anglia Norwich Medical School, and the Clinical Lead for Undergraduate Medical Education in Psychiatry at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

He is the Secretary General of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), where he has been a Board member since 2009. He was the lead writer of the current Statutes of the EPA that led to its emergence as the authoritative voice of European psychiatry. He is a past President of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (2003-4), and past Chair Psychiatric Trainees Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

He has served on the Council of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and was a Deputy Registrar of the College.

He was the founding Medical Director of Milestones Hospital for people with complex challenging mental disorders.

He has extensive teaching experience, and has been an invited speaker in over 18 countries and runs a number of international CME courses.

Publications include over 85 papers, book chapters and posters. His research interests cover topics including consent and capacity, mental health law, burnout, and acute psychiatric services. He has won several research prizes for a number of different research projects.