Understanding The Nature of Trauma

Monday 13th May 2019

Emotional and Physical Injury, subtle or severe, personal or national (Brexit!) can underpin psychological and physiological damage that may go undetected for years. Our panel will discuss the nature of trauma and current treatments.

Noel McDermott Psychotherapist, Consultant and Entrepreneur personal’s experience led him to champion better care plans for people with complex needs.

Dr Jonathan Leach GP was involved in the recent revision of NICE guidelines on PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). He is a retired British Army colonel, chair of the NHS England Armed Forces and their Families Clinical Reference Group and joint honorary secretary for the Royal College of GPs. Dr Leach will speak about diagnosing and understanding trauma in primary care, exploring the latest NICE guidance and finding the best treatment.

Dr Angela Kennedy Consultant Clinical Psychologist and trauma therapist is the lead for implementing Trauma informed Care in the Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Mental Health Trust and is Mental Health Lead for the North of England Clinical Network. Angela is joint author of Trauma Informed Mental Healthcare in the UK, What is it and how can we further its development. She will speak about how to recognise and help people with trauma in secondary care mental health services and talk about EMDR (eye movement desensitising and processing).

Dr Stephanie Lewis Clinical Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is lead author of new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry revealing how commonplace trauma and PTSD are in young people in the UK, how trauma is also associated with other mental health disorders, and how young people with trauma-related disorders often do not get the support they need. She will discuss the implications of this on the care of young people with trauma-related mental health disorders.

TICKETS FROM EVENTBRITE, please book by May 7th


Guild members £10, Friends of the Guild and non-member guests £15.

King’s Fund, 11 – 13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN

Registration 6.30pm, Presentations 6:45pm
Followed by networking supper, event closes 9:30 pm

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The Guild of Health Writers thanks Noel McDermott for the generous sponsorship of this event and would like to state that this is an independent event. In accordance with its objectives, the Guild aims to provide a balanced, non-partisan forum for discussion and does not endorse any commercial products.