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Somatic Symptom Disorder - Improving Practice and Outcomes

Tue, 8 Oct 2024

Virtual, Online

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“An estimated 15–30% of all primary care consultations are for MUS. Those affected by MUS use significantly more health service resources, but do so without resolving either their symptoms or the associated psychological factors.”

The Health Foundation, 2024

“The lack of a clear guideline or pathway means that patients with MUS in the UK may be cared for in an ad-hoc way that is not necessarily evidence based. This has potential to add stressors to primary care health services, which the Royal College of General Practitioners (2023) describes as overwhelmed.”

Healthcare experiences of people living with medically unexplained symptoms: a systematic review, British Journal of Nursing, March 2024

“Being heard was one of the most frequently cited desires of an encounter with primary health clinicians. Some individuals highlighted the impact of attending an appointment with a psychologist as this was a person who listened to and understood in contrast to the hesitation of others over referral to psychological services. This highlights the positive influence effective communication can have on both the mental and physical wellbeing of individuals.”

Healthcare experiences of people living with medically unexplained symptoms: a systematic review, British Journal of Nursing, March 2024

Medically Unexplained Symptoms, which include a range of physical symptoms without a clear medical cause, represent a significant challenge in healthcare. A recent study from South London and Maudsley NHSFT revealed that they account for up to one in five presentations in primary care which often lead to repeated medical consultations, extensive diagnostic tests and substantial healthcare costs.

This conference is dedicated to exploring the complexities and challenges associated with diagnosing and treating Medically Unexplained Symptoms within the NHS. We will be bringing together leading healthcare professionals, researchers and academics to share insights, case studies and strategies for improving patient outcomes and care pathways.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Explore contemporary practice in MUS, PPS and the impact of trauma, inequality and psycho-social deprivation on life course and health outcomes.

  • Reflect on how we can improve the primary care response

  • Explore and reflect on differing views among patients, GPs and other professionals

  • Learn from a CBT-based service for treating MUS

  • Improve your understanding of the breadth and diversity of PPS and MUS

  • Explore the gaps in our knowledge and future research considerations

  • Learn about the impact of adverse experience in childhood (trauma +) on patient experience, body-mind health and outcomes in adult life.

  • Reflect on current limitations for treating MUS through NHS Talking Therapies

  • Explore Innovations in Primary and Emergency care – improving the primary care response to MUS

  • Understand and evaluate the training needs for GPs treating MUS

  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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