Medically Unexplained Symptoms / Somatic Symptom Disorder: Improving Practice 2019

Conference overview

A Joint Conference Healthcare Conferences UK & The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Researched and produced in partnership with The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, this important and timely conference will support delegates to better understand and meet the needs of people with medically unexplained symptoms/somatic symptom disorder. The conference will have a focus on improving the primary care response. Through national updates, extended sessions and practical case studies the Summit will bring together leading practitioners in this area. Following an opening presentation on the ‘lived experience’ the programme will focus on; improving management and treatment, whole team consultation for GP and primary care teams, identifying and managing MUS at Accident & Emergency, MUS and Trauma, prioritising MUS for Commissioners, and setting recovery goals for MUS. We will also consider the important area of holistic care for people with both explainable conditions alongside psychogenic aspects of the human condition that can feel too complex or overwhelming to tackle with confidence.

Attending the Summit will enable you to:

  • Explore contemporary practice in MUS, PPS and the impact of trauma, inequality and psycho-social deprivation on life course and health outcomes.
  • Reflect on how we can improve the primary care response
  • Improve your understanding of the breadth and diversity of PPS and MUS including what gets under the skin of GPs and what can help enhance confidence in practice as well as reduce the need to always ‘act’ (prescribe, intervene, investigate…)
  • Learn about the impact of adverse experience in childhood (trauma +) on patient experience, body-mind health and outcomes in adult life.
  • Explore Innovations in Primary and Emergency care – frequent attenders, complex presentations and cost savings.
  • Understand and relate to GP pressures: What helps? How to help? What do GPs want, what might they need – how can we help to support and nurture General Practice and its function of providing much of the ‘therapeutic’ help and listening that complex patients receive 95% of the time?

Brian Rock

Director of Education & Training/Dean of Postgraduate Studies (The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust)

Dr Thanos Tsapas

Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy and Service Lead (Bristol Complex Psychological Interventions Service, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Trust)

Prof Mark Edwards

Professor of Neurology (St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

De Vere West one is located on portland street and is a 10 minute walk for Great Portland Street underground station and a 5-minute walk from Oxford Circus.

  • By rail - De Vere West One is just a five minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube (Central, Victoria, and Bakerloo), Bond street (Jubilee) and a 10 minute walk from Great Portland Street tube (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan) and Marylebone station.

  • By road - Portland Place is just north of Oxford Circus. The nearest NCP car park is approximately 300 yards away. Follow the A4201 past De Vere West One taking the second left turning onto Weymouth Street, then take the second left onto Weymouth Mews.


  • NHS, Social Care, Private Healthcare Organisations & Universities - £365 (£438)
  • Voluntary sector & charities - £300 (£360)
  • Commercial organisations - £495 (£594)

NOTE: Prices in brackets include VAT

Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

22 November 2019

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