On Tuesday 24 April Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust launched the first in a new series of health talks, aimed at providing an opportunity for the public to understand the latest developments in healthcare and providing them with the opportunity to quiz clinical staff present on the night about all things health related.
The first talk, by Dr Rob Ferris, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, focused on “Reducing Violence and Mental Disorder” and was well received by those who attended. In a thought-provoking session, Dr Ferris discussed how our Forensic Psychiatry Department works with patients and explored some of the ethical dilemmas that can arise for staff when trying to balance the potentially conflicting interests of our patients and public protection.
The second talk will take place on 29 May, when Dr Svetlana Hemsley, Specialist Trainee, will talk about “Aging Gracefully: An Introduction to Dementia”. Dr Hemsley will explore the causes and types of Dementia, including brain pathology, treatment and where possible preventative measures. She will also touch on the current research within Oxford and the hope for the future.
Then on 26 June Dr Nick Hindley, Consultant Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist, will talk about “High risk young people, mental health and the criminal justice system”. The experiences of young people in the criminal justice system and the need for attention to their mental health and mental health difficulties have given cause for concern over many years. Dr Hindley, who leads a nationally recognised mental health service for young people who are considered to present a high risk of harm to others, will outline some of the ongoing dilemmas and clinical challenges that have arisen from the team’s work.
The talks will take place at 7.30pm at Science Oxford, London Place, OX4 1BD. Everyone is welcome to attend and no prior knowledge of the subject matter is needed. People are advised to book a place in advance of the talk by visiting: http://www.scienceoxfordlive.com/whats-on-calendar
Entrance to the events is free for Oxford Health NHS FT Members and also Members of Science Oxford. Please bring proof of membership with you on the night. Entrance for all other attendees is £5. To become a Member of the Oxford Health NHS FT, please go to: http://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/about-us/foundation-trust/
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