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Stolen Years - reducing the mortality gap
Thu 25 May 2017, 12:30 – 14:00 BST
Why do people with mental illness live shorter lives, and what can we do about it?
Dr Fiona Gaughran will talk about the issues of surrounding reduced life expectancy (which can be by as much as 17 years in some severe mental illnesses) and how we can join the dots between physical health and psychosis.
This talk for members of SLaM is aimed at a lay audience and will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.
Free event, a light lunch provided. Numbers are limited so early booking is recommended.
Please note that this is a members' talk so if you are not a member already, your booking will be taken as a wish to become a member. Membership is free and open to anybody over 16 living in England.
If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Carol on 0203 228 2441.
Dr Fiona Gaughran is the Lead Consultant in the National Psychosis Service at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation trust (SLaM). She is also the Director of R&D for SLaM and Reader in Psychopharmacology and Physical Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. As part of her role, Dr Gaughran is responsible for implementing new, evidence-based approaches to help people with psychotic illnesses that have been resistant to treatment. She also has a keen interest in the physical health of people with psychosis and has published widely in this field. In 2015-16 she chaired the “Stolen Years” group for NHS England’s Healthy London Partnership, helping clinicians and commissoners plan services to reduce early mortality in people with psychosis across London.
Dr Gaughran obtained her basic medical degree at University College, Dublin. As a postgraduate, she worked in internal medicine before starting her psychiatry training. On moving to London, Dr Gaughran became Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer in the Trust in Lewisham and moved to her current role in 2008. Dr Gaughran is a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in both London and Dublin and a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Dr Gaughran has a particular interest in translating research into clinical practice and over the years has secured substantial research grant income to support this work Her current research interests are largely focused on the interface between physical health and severe mental illness and on the management of psychosis. She has published a number of book chapters and recently co-edited a book on Treatment Refractory Schizophrenia.