CPD Seminar Programme

Throughout the year, Nightingale Hospital London runs an Educational Seminar Programme for GPs and Occupational Health professionals. Our consultant psychiatrists and therapists present on a range of relevant mental health topics, new research findings and treatments. Events are free to attend and CPD certificates are provided.

Please find details of future events below:

Dr Alberto PertusaTitle: Nutrition and Mental Health: Clinical update and review of recent nutritional trends

Speaker: Dr Alberto Pertusa Consultant Psychiatrist

Date: Tuesday 16th May

Breakfast Seminar: Continental breakfast 7.15am. Seminar 7.30am-8.30am

Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room, Lowndes Hotel, 21 Lowndes Square, London SW1X 9ES

Synopsis: In this talk, Dr Pertusa will provide an overview of current popular diets, including the Atkins, Paleo, Vegan, and Ketogenic. He will also explore the latest research on diet and systemic inflammation. The talk will also explore the latest research on gluten intolerance and the dietary measures to address metabolic syndrome. Eating Disorders per se but will not be covered, but topics such as Orthorexia and Low Carb / Sugar-Free claims, and the scientific evidence for them when applied to Mental Health, will be reviewed.


Dr Julius Bourke, Consultant Psychiatrist

Title: The oldest, but still the best? Why Lithium is still so relevant in 2017.

Presenters: Dr Marc Masson, Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director at Nightingale Hospital Paris-Clinique du Chateau de Garches.

Co-editor ‘The Science and Practice of Lithium Therapy’, published by Springer 2017

Dr Julius Bourke, Consultant Psychiatrist,  Nightingale Hospital London, ‘Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neurophysiology and Clinical Psychiatry (QMUL).

Date: Wednesday 28th June 2017

Timings: The evening will commence at 6pm with a wine and canapé reception to enable as much networking as possible between all attending GPs and psychiatrists. The majority of Nightingale psychiatrists will be attending. Introductions, presentations and Q&A 7pm – 8.30pm.

Venue: Max Rayne Auditorium, Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE.

Synopsis: Lithium is arguably the only true mood stabiliser. However, its prescription is often obstructed by concerns about potential side-effects and the need for routine blood tests. In reality, lithium administration and monitoring is relatively straightforward, whilst its clinical benefits are potentially profound and far reaching at a fraction of the cost of contemporary agents.

This seminar will explore the myths and concerns that surround its use and will be of great interest to clinicians involved in both the prescription and monitoring of this medication.

Chair: Dr William Shanahan, Consultant Psychiatrist, & Medical Director, Nightingale Hospital London


Chi-Chi-ObuayaTitle: Managing Personality Disorders in 10 Minutes – A New Hope?

Speaker: Dr Chi-Chi Obuaya, Consultant Psychiatrist

Date: Wednesday 5th July

Breakfast Seminar: Continental breakfast 7.15am. Seminar 7.30am-8.30am

Venue: Portland Suite, Grange Fitzrovia Hotel, 20-28 Bolsover Street, London W1W 5NB.

Chair: Dr Jeremy Pfeffer, Consultant Psychiatrist, Nightingale Hospital

Synopsis: It is widely acknowledged that managing personality disordered patients in primary care is both very challenging and time consuming. The aims of this talk are to equip attendees with the knowledge and skills to be more effective in screening for personality disorders and how to make effective referrals to secondary care.  Dr Obuaya will also provide guidance on how to discuss a personality disorder diagnosis with patients as well as an overview for GPs about the treatment of personality disorders.


To attend these Mental Health CPD Seminars, please complete the online form or email deborah.casserly@nightingalehospital.co.uk

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