Dr John Pimm, Clinical Lead for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust’s Healthy Minds service in Buckinghamshire, will be giving a free public lecture at 6.30pm on Tuesday 20 November at Bucks New University’s High Wycombe Campus.

In his lecture entitled ‘Talking Therapies’, Dr Pimm will explain the nature of talking therapies utilised by Healthy Minds in the treatment of adults of all ages experiencing common mental health problems including depression and anxiety.

 This lecture will also explore the team’s involvement in pioneering research around the mental health implications of physical health problems.

 Dr Pimm said of his forthcoming lecture at Bucks New University: “I am excited to be delivering this lecture at a time when mental health has never been higher on the government’s agenda. There’s fresh impetus from the NHS commissioning board to make sure that mental health patients have a so called ‘parity of esteem’ in GP surgeries. Services such as mine, Healthy Minds, will be playing an increasingly important role in the future of NHS care.

 I am also looking forward to sharing news about an exciting study we have been involved in that explores how we can offer psychological support to people with COPD. People with long term medical conditions such as this account for 70% of all health care expenditure.  Integrating physical and psychological care could potentially provide much better outcomes for patients and significant savings for the NHS and there has been a lot of interest from NHS colleagues in our study.”

 Dr Pimm’s presentation is the next in a series of free public lectures to be held at Bucks New University, which seek to discuss issues affecting the community both locally and nationally. The lecture will be chaired by the University’s Professor David Sines CBE, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean: Society & Health.

The lecture will take place from 6.00-7.00pm on 20 November at the High Wycombe Campus, Bucks HP11 2JZ. Light refreshments will be served beforehand from 6.00pm and after the event.

 Admission to the lecture is free and is open to anyone on a first come, first served basis.

 Places need to be reserved; please book online at: www.bucks.ac.uk/publiclectures, or for further information, please contact Lorna West on 01494 603 002, email lorna.west@bucks.ac.uk