NAPICU Conference 2018

23rd Annual NAPICU Conference

Thursday 6th – Friday 7th September 2018

Holywell Park, Conference Centre, Lougborough University

The National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care and Low Secure Units (NAPICU) is delighted to invite you to our 23rd Annual Conference at Holywell Park, Conference Centre, Loughborough University on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September 2018.

The theme for this, our twenty third Annual Conference, will be:
Quality improvement in Acute, Emergency and Forensic Mental Healthcare

Our theme of quality improvement is ensuring health care is safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient and equitable. With the high level of national change and growing financial pressures, the challenge is retaining the patient at the centre of our focus and to ultimately improve quality outcomes for patients.

The conference will feature a wide-range of forums to enable clinicians to share knowledge and gain more insight into understanding patients and carers needs. We have compiled a diverse and comprehensive programme ranging from implementing outcomes of latest clinical guidelines, updates on new commissioning arrangements, to more scientifically rigorous quantitative and qualitative clinical studies, covering many aspects of care in in-patient psychiatric services.

To maximise the benefits of the conference for every delegate, we are running some parallel sessions. The Poster Session will continue to allowing submissions to be presented more thoroughly in an interactive session and there will be the judging session for the Quality Improvement of the Year Award. This year NAPICU and BAP have worked together on the production of the rapid tranquillisation guidelines and this will feature in our conference.

Finally, looking at the progress made and the changes the health services have undergone, it is a testament to the hard work, efforts and expertise of the clinical staff which has made all of the advances possible.

We would also encourage you as clinicians to join us at NAPICU and hear your opinions and views, the conference will provide opportunities for feedback and for networking with colleagues, nationally and internationally.

Dr Shanika Balachandra
NAPICU Deputy Director of Scientific Programmes

Conference Planning Committee
Dr Dinal Vekaria, Consultant Psychiatrist (PICU), Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and NAPICU Deputy Director of Scientific Programmes
Dr Shanika Balachandra, Consultant Psychiatrist, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and NAPICU Deputy Director of Scientific Programmes
Mrs Jules Haste, Lead Pharmacist for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Brighton and Hove) and NAPICU Executive Member

NEW for 2018:

NAPICU Quality Improvement of the Year Award

The theme of the NAPICU conference this year is Quality Improvement (QI) and consequently the conference will have QI projects of the year.  QI is ensuring health care is safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient and equitable.  The project should be evidence based and should include the three core components of QI:

  • Systematic way to tackle complex problems
  • Always evolving and learning
  • Engaging people at all levels to achieve the improvement you’re looking for

The submissions for the QI projects of the year should include a description of project, discuss the evidence base and include the 3 core components of QI.  For guidelines to submit a QI Project of the Year Abstract, click here. If also producing as a poster format please see the Guidance for Poster Abstracts.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 13th July 2018.

Returning in 2018:

We are delighted to announce the NAPICU Poster Session will return again for 2018 and will be displayed in the Exhibition Area, Babbage, Holywell Park, Conference Centre. Poster presenters will be given the chance to network with fellow delegates and judges at the Interactive Poster and exhibition session on Thursday 6th September 2018 at 16.45.

Do you have a completed piece of work relating to Psychiatric care in PICUs or LSUs? Would you like to present your findings?

Poster presentations should consist primarily of the work of the authors and can include completed research, audit or practice related projects. For full information and guidelines click here.

There will be a prize of a £100 prize and an invitation to publish their work in the Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care. The closing date for submissions is Friday 13th July 2018.

Did you know? 

NAPICU are offering a limited number of spaces for Students to attend the Conference at a discounted rate of £200 however, students must be studying full time and be able to provide valid student ID at the time of booking. Students must also enter a poster. To download the student registration form and guidelines, click here





To register via our Manual Form, please download this here, to register a group of 6 you will need this form.

Would you like to exhibit at this year’s Conference, exhibition booking is open to view more details please click here