The third meeting of the recently formed Royal College of Psychiatrists Sport and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SEPSIG) took place at the Institute of Sport Exercise & Health (ISEH) on Tottenham Court Road on Friday 22 September.
The day’s programme opened with talks by Prof Alan Currie on therapeutic use exemptions for psychiatrists and a discussion led by Dr Phil Hopley and Dr Tim Rogers of Cognacity on the role of a sports psychiatrist.
SEPSIG were also delighted to welcome Dr Michael Brannan, the Deputy National Lead for Adult Health & Wellbeing at Public Health England. Dr Brennan spoke of the extent and importance of physical inactivity and described Public Health England’s approach of using a ‘network of influencers’ and the philosophy of ‘make every contact count’. In the health sector this means promoting physical activity at every opportunity and especially for inactive patients.
The afternoon began with a helpful overview of eating disorders in sport by Dr Caz Nahman and especially the sports specific issues that impact on athletes, coaches and health care professionals. A series of case discussions followed, raising key issues and generating some important learning point.
The central London venue proved especially popular and this was the largest meeting to date with 25 delegates.