Fri, 19 Nov


The Royal Society of Medicine

Mental Health: Challenges and lessons learned in setting up Mental Health Services for your Sport or Club

Dr Rod Jaques, Dr Craig Ranson and the EIS Mental Health Expert Team are pleased to inform you of this meeting developed with MedEduCare. An opportunity for practitioners to learn more about supporting mental health in performance sport based on the UK High Performance System experience.

Mental Health: Challenges and lessons learned in setting up Mental Health Services for your Sport or Club

Time & Location

19 Nov 2021, 08:00 – 18:00

The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London W1G 0AE, UK

About the Event

Mental Health Programme

Hosted by EIS Mental Health Expert Team

Challenges and Lessons learned in setting up Mental Health Services for your Sport or Club1

19 November 2021

The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street.  London

Meeting Medical Director: Dr Rod Jaques

0800 Registration and Refreshments

0855 Opening and Meeting Introduction: Dr Rod Jaques EIS Director of Medical Services

Dr Craig Ranson EIS Director of Athlete Health

Session One: Setting up a system for your Sport or Club

0905 Self-care Assessment and Planning Mr Sam Cumming Mental Health Manager EIS

0935 Mental Health Champions Training Programme Dr James Bell UK Sport/EIS Mental Health Team

1005  What we’ve done in Swimming Dr Guy Evans CMO British Swimming

1035 Screening and Monitoring Options in MH Professor Alan Currie Sports Psychiatrist, EIS Mental Health Expert Team

1105 Refreshments and Commercial Exhibition

Session Two: What does the Elite Sport MH Landscape look like?

1135 Distress and Well Being data findings from High Performance System in UK study Dr Sandra Leyland University of Sunderland

1220 Big White Wall - The Sport Experience (Including preliminary results of EIS/UKS trial) Dr Tim Rogers Consultant  Sports Psychiatrist

1250 Questions All speakers

1320 Lunch and Commercial Exhibition

Session Three: What to do when you have a MH Problem patient?

1420  Formulation of a MH Problem Dr Amanda Gatherer EIS Mental Health Expert Team

1505  Dealing with a Mental Health Crisis Professor Alan Currie

1535 Refreshments and Commercial Exhibition

Session Four: Difficult cases

1605 Lessons learnt from difficult cases Dr Allan Johnston/Dr Amanda Gatherer/Ms Ann-Marie Davis

1650  Managing a difficult case leading up to the Games Dr Stuart Miller BPA CMO

1720  Questions All speakers

1750  Meeting Summary and Close Dr Rod Jaques/Dr Craig Ranson

Meeting Directors

Dr Rod Jaques OBE FFSEM(UK) FRCP has been involved in Sports Medicine since 1990, having qualified in medicine from the University of London and having qualified with distinction from the London Hospital Diploma course in Sports Medicine. He went on to attend the Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympics with Team GB and the Kuala Lumpur and Manchester Commonwealth Games with the England Team in a clinical capacity. From 1989-2004, Dr Jaques was the Medical Advisor to the British Triathlon Association. Recently he has been closely involved in establishing Professional Codes for doctors and Scientists working in sport in the English Institute of Sport and nationally and working with colleagues abroad on an International SEM curriculum. He has driven several aspects of good Governance in sport medicine both within UK Sport and with senior SEM doctors nationally. He was FSEM (UK) President between 2012-2015. In 2017 he was made a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London. 1n 2017 he was awarded the Sir Robert Atkins award for services to sports medicine in the UK

Dr Craig Ranson PhD MCSP FHEA - in January 2017 Craig was appointed Director of Athlete Health for the English Institute of Sport. He joined the EIS from his posts of Director of the MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Physiotherapist with the Wales Rugby Team. His previous posts include UK Athletics Chief Physiotherapist and National Lead Physiotherapist to the England and Wales Cricket Board. Craig has consulted to a variety of sporting organisations including the International Cricket Council and the Sports Medicine Department of the University of the West Indies. He has a strong sports injury management and prevention research profile

Meeting Speakers

Dr James Bell PhD MSc originally completed his training as a PGA Golf Coach in 2005. He then went on to train as a performance psychologist, studying for an MSc and PhD at Bangor University. Since graduating from his PhD he has held 4 different roles in elite sport. Initially he worked as a trainee performance psychologist in the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), principally working in their development programs along the England Cricket Pathway. In February 2013, Dr Bell was recruited by the Cleveland Browns as the Director of Psychological Services which involved providing psychological support to athletes, coaches and support staff. He was also involved in the identification, screening and selection of players in the NFL draft. In October 2014 James returned to the UK to be the National Lead for Psychology with the Rugby Football Union (RFU). At the RFU Dr Bell was responsible for developing at team of Psychologists to support the England Rugby teams (Men’s, Women’s, 7's programs). He was also responsible for enhancing psychological practice across the English Rugby system. In February 2017 Dr Bell started his most recent role as Head of Culture Development at UK Sport where he is responsible for ensuring every WCP adopts a High Performance Culture that drives sustainable performance. In October 2018, Dr Bell was appointed as Head of Mental Health with the EIS to go alongside his existing commitments as Head of Culture Development at UK Sport

Mr Sam Cumming MSc MBPsS is the Mental Health Manager at the English Institute of Sport (EIS). In this role he supports the delivery of UK Sport’s Mental Health Strategy throughout the High-Performance System. This includes developing and delivering mental health education, direct work with sports on their mental health strategies, supporting the management of the EIS’s Mental Health Expert Panel, and generally promoting positive mental health. He is a psychologist by training and before moving to the EIS Sam worked for six years with British Rowing in the management and support of the GB Rowing Team

Professor Alan Currie MB ChB MPhil FRCPsych is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Newcastle and a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences. His research interests include recovery, social inclusion, mood disorders, movement disorders and sport and exercise psychiatry. He has published in all these areas and edited an award-winning handbook of Sports Psychiatry in 2016. He is founder and chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sports and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SEPSIG) and a board member of the International Society for Sport Psychiatry (ISSP). He joined the International Olympic Committee mental health working group in 2018. In 2019 he was appointed to the Mental Health Expert Panel of the English Institute of Sport

Ms Ann-Marie Davis RMN BSc Hons is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural psychotherapist. She is a Senior CBT Therapist working in the NHS and in private practise, Ann-Marie became involved in sport and performance in 2008 and further developed her private practice and has worked with number of athletes.  From 2009 to 2013 Ann-Marie worked with Amanda Gatherer and the EIS team and provided psychological support to a number of elite athletes and staff during the 2012 Olympic cycle and is currently providing psychological support to elite athletes and staff in this Olympic cycle. Ann-Marie has 20 years’ experience of working with individuals who have mental health difficulties and currently works part time in the NHS as a CBT psychotherapist in Berkshire Talking Therapies service, working remotely and in GPs Surgeries. Ann-Marie in her long career has worked in secondary care mental health service and has managed services for the last 15 years. Since 2008 she has been involved at both national and local level in the development and delivery of IAPT services which aims to improve access to psychological services. Ann-Marie has held an academic post with Buck New University since 2008 providing teaching and clinical supervision to the MSc CBT students. Ann-Marie describes herself as a clinician and she is passionate about the work she does with individual athletes and the sports. The mental health of our athletes needs to be a priority, mentally fit = physically fit = performance’

Dr Guy Evans MBChB MRCGP FFSEM(UK) MScSEM (Hons) is a Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine based in Bath. He is the Chief Medical Officer for British Swimming and the Lead Doctor at Bath Rugby Club. He has spent the last twenty-four months developing a strategy for Mental Health provision at British Swimming and continues to work closely with UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport on this topical subject. He instigated a centralised screening process for World Class Program swimmers including regular Mental Health screening and is currently embarking on research in conjunction with University College London and Cognacity aiming to identify sport specific risk factors for mental health disorders in swimming. Guy has previously worked with British Rowing and Worcester Warriors and has travelled extensively with elite teams to multiple major Games

Dr Amanda Gatherer PhD CPsychol MSc Clin Psych is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who was appointed to the English Institute of Sport (EIS) Mental Health Expert Panel in December 2018. Amanda has worked for a number of years in elite and high-performance sport, working as the only EIS contracted Clinical Psychologist between 2008 and 2013, including supporting athletes and staff through two Olympic cycles. In addition to her Mental Health Expert Panel role, Amanda will be providing mental health support to Paralympics GB in Tokyo 2020 and is currently supporting colleagues at the BPA to maximise athlete and staff preparedness for the Games. Amanda has worked in the NHS for 30 years providing Clinical Psychology services across a range of primary, secondary and tertiary mental health services. She is currently Chief Psychologist for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, as well as the Regional Clinical Lead for an NHS England programme of work focused on improving access to psychological therapies for people with serious mental illness. Amanda has held academic posts at Birmingham, Warwick and Coventry Universities, and provides teaching, clinical supervision and training to clinicians both within and external to her NHS Trust

Dr Allan Johnston MBBS MRCPsych Cert Med Ed (IU) is a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in Sports Psychiatry. He has been appointed to two new posts within the world of sport. The English Institute of Sport (EIS) have employed Dr Johnston as Sports Psychiatrist to the Mental Health Expert Panel supporting our Great Britain Olympic and Paralympic athletes in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. The League Managers Association (LMA) have appointed Dr Johnston to the role of Consultant Performance Psychiatrist in a new role to guide and shape the Mental Health and Wellbeing programme for Premier League and Football League managers, to develop the game wide wellbeing strategy and provide one to one support for members. The Bradford Bulls RLFC employed Allan as the world’s first Rugby League Sports Psychiatrist in 2012. He now works with athletes across a range of sports, dance and performance disciplines. Since leaving the Bradford Bulls, as Medical Director and Sports Psychiatrist to Synergy Medicine Ltd Allan has developed an independent sports medicine service in Leeds that works with all levels of conditions and injuries in Athletes and Dancers. Allan works with clients on all aspects of Wellbeing and Performance and how these interrelate. In addition, he has been selected for a role with The UK Anti-Doping authority in the management of ADHD and Therapeutic Use Exemptions. He is a co-founder of, and was recently elected to, the position of Deputy Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sports and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group - the Royal Colleges fastest growing Special Interest Group. Via this national group Dr Johnston co-ordinates training for UK Sports Psychiatrists. With a strong passion for all sport, Allan works on a voluntary basis as Sports Psychiatrist and Trustee to State of Mind Sport, a charity aiming to improve the mental health and wellbeing of athletes and their communities. In his NHS role Dr Johnston chaired the Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Strategy Group 2013-2018 and led a range of innovations in the region including the development of our regional strategy, a greater involvement of service users in co-producing their own care, chairing Suicide Prevention conferences and World Suicide Prevention Day initiatives. Since 2015, over 3 successive years, suicide rates in Derbyshire have almost halved with reduced rates seen particularly in men. In 2018 his work with Public Health on training General Practitioners in Suicide Prevention strategies was nominated for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) award. Allan is a qualified teacher-trainer and is widely published in both Liaison & Sports Psychiatry

Dr Sandra Leyland PhD CPsychol AFBPsS is a Chartered Psychologist. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and founding member of the Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology. She graduated from the University of East London in 1988 with an honours degree in Psychology and has an MSc and a PhD from the University of Teesside. She has taught sport and exercise psychology in higher education across the North East of England since 1997 and is a Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow. She currently works as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing. Current research projects include collaboration with Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust Regional Affective Disorders Service examining psychological factors related to sport and physical activity participation of individuals with serious mental illness

Dr Stuart Miller FFSEM qualified from Leeds University in 1982 and following formal training and a spell in General practice, moved into sport and exercise medicine. In 2008, he became the first GMC formally recognized specialist in Sport and Exercise medicine in the United Kingdom. He helped to develop an NHS Musculoskeletal service in North Somerset demonstrating the value of this service to the local population, leading this service from 2002-2017. During this time, he was also the doctor to the England Karate team. Since 2005 he has worked as a sports physician at the English Institute of Sport at the University of Bath. In 2008 he started his long-term relationship with Paralympic sport leading the medical services at the Beijing Paralympic Games and supporting the organization up to the present day. In 2012 he was the lead sports doctor for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics before returning to the Paralympic fold as the CMO for the Sochi winter Paralympics in 2014, the Rio Paralympics in 2016 and prepared and supported the team in the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang. He has been appointed as the CMO for the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020 and in addition to the organization and planning process has helped develop a strategy for mental health and wellbeing for the Paralympics GB delegation. From 2005- 2015 he was clinical director of Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Bath helping develop the course from a paper-based diploma to a fully-fledged distance learning university MSc

Dr Tim Rogers MB BS MRCPsych MSc is a medical doctor and consultant sports psychiatrist. He is one of a very small number of experts to have undertaken dual postgraduate training in applied sport and exercise psychology. For many years, Tim has worked across the spectrum of wellbeing and performance with both individuals and teams in elite football, in the Olympic and Paralympic Systems, in elite rugby, cricket, horse racing and many other areas. Tim has experience of supporting football managers and coaches also. Tim is clinical director at Big White Wall, an anonymous online mental health service with various projects across elite sport, both in the UK and internationally. Big White Wall offers around the clock, confidential, online access to a safe and moderated community for peer to peer mental health support. There are evidence-based courses. Big White Wall supports many thousands of new members around the World every month. It is growing all the time. Tim is a specialist member of the Sport Resolutions National Anti-Doping Panel. Tim formerly undertook TUE assessments as a registered UKAD psychiatrist. Tim has experience of assessing and caring for footballers subject to FA disciplinary proceedings when supported by the PFA. Tim is an executive member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Sport and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group

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