Medically Unexplained Symptoms/Somatic Symptom Disorder National Summit 2018
Monday 10 December 2018
De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London
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A Joint Conference Healthcare Conferences UK & The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
“ALMOST ONE HALF OF PRIMARY CARE PATIENTS have at least one medically unexplained symptom that does not respond to standard care. This leads to unnecessary investigation, referrals, health costs, medications as well as frustration in patients and health professionals alike. The great majority of these patients have psychophysiological disorders.” Dr. Allan Abbass, MD, FRCPC MUS Expert, Dalhousie University’s Director of Education,
This important and timely conference will support delegates to better understand and meet the needs of people with medically unexplained symptoms/somatic symptom disorder. Through national updates, extended sessions and practical case studies the Summit will bring together leading practitioners in this area. Following an opening presentation on the ‘lived experience’ the programme will focus on; improving management and treatment, whole team consultation for GP and primary care teams, identifying and managing MUS at Accident & Emergency, MUS and Trauma, prioritising MUS for Commissioners, and setting recovery goals for MUS. We will also consider the important area of holistic care for people with both explainable conditions alongside psychogenic aspects of the human condition that can feel too complex or overwhelming to tackle with confidence. We will promote the notion or Curiosity alongside Cure in the exploration and treatment of complex, multi-morbid patient presentations.
Chaired by Mr Brian Rock, Dean of Post Graduate Education and Training at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and Consultant Psychologist and Psychoanalyst will chair the conference.
Brian was the original service lead at the Primary Care Psychotherapy Consultation Service in Hackney, East London and led on an innovative piece of research into MUS and Health Economics. The PCPCS team will be ten years old in 2019 and so it is fitting that Brian will join us in reviewing the ever developing world of Bio-Psycho-Social understanding of MUS and the Human Condition.
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has substantial experience in developing and implementing integrated, GP based primary care services focusing on MUS. The Hackney PCPCS has won numerous national awards, and a Health economics evaluation in 2015 showed that it produced excellent “value for money”. Their TAP project (Team around the Practice) in Camden builds on this tradition and incorporates Social prescribing, in partnership with the VSO “Mind in Camden”. These services are amongst a number of pioneering approaches from throughout the UK, all bringing new models, health economics data, outcome monitoring and patient involvement.
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