national association of psychiatric intensive care units

Scientific Symposium

Welcome to the forefront of cutting-edge discussions in mental health and psychiatric care! Formerly known as our Quarterly Meetings, the NAPICU Scientific Symposium is a dynamic evolution, now happening two to three times a year. 

Join us as we delve into various hot topics shaping the landscape of psychiatric and PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) scenes. From groundbreaking research to innovative practices, each symposium promises to ignite inspiration and spark meaningful dialogue among professionals in the field. 

But here’s the best part – YOU have a say! We invite all our esteemed members and colleagues to share their thoughts and ideas for future symposium topics. Your input helps us tailor our events to address the issues that matter most to you. Together, let’s shape the future of mental health care! 

Stay tuned for updates on our upcoming symposiums and get ready to embark on an enlightening journey with NAPICU. Don’t miss out – mark your calendars and be part of the conversation that’s shaping the future of psychiatric care! 

Join us for an insightful Scientific Symposium hosted by NAPICU, delving into the critical topic of appropriate referrals of prisoners to Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs).

This engaging online webinar will feature presentations from esteemed experts across various sectors. Gain valuable insights from the Mental Health Casework Section (Ministry of Justice), which oversees approximately 8000 restricted patients diverted from the prison system into the hospital system. Learn about the Secretary of State’s powers concerning these patients and their implications for PICUs.

Furthermore, hear from NHS clinicians and service leads on the ground, offering firsthand perspectives on the challenges and complexities of assessing and managing referrals.

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with key stakeholders, exchange knowledge, and enhance understanding on ensuring the appropriate placement of individuals within the mental health and criminal justice systems. Register now to secure your place at this crucial event.

Wednesday 29th May 2024 
1.00 – 4.00 PM 
Online via Zoom

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With the nationwide rollout of the Right Care Right Person (RCRP) model in the UK, there has been a substantial change in the way Police respond to mental health emergencies. While the Police assert that this model will free up resources for crime prevention, concerns exist about leaving vulnerable individuals exposed following the withdrawal of the Police’s emergency response service. How we evolve this change will affect the outcomes of patients we respond to and treat. Here we’re concerned with embracing RCRP as a Positive change, catalysing clear transition toward straight forward and ongoing improvement in crisis response and care.

NAPICU is pleased to host its Scientific Symposium for a comprehensive discussion on the development, implementation, and real-time implications of the RCRP model on mental health and emergency services. With fantastic speakers from Secure Patient Transport directors to patients by experience and many more! The meeting aims to gain current insights into the evolving landscape of mental health crisis response and address challenges arising from this new emergency response model.


31st January 2024 – 12.30pm to 4pm (Online)

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For information on presentations from past quarterly meetings please contact the NAPICU administration office.

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