A Political Mind – The Idealisation of the NHS. “Born out of a time of sorrow whilst representing hope”

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British Psychoanalytical Society (incorporating the Institute of Psychoanalysis)

03 November 2023

Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Price: Standard: £30 | Concession £20

Location: online


Political Mind Special
The Idealisation of the NHS.
“Born out of a time of sorrow whilst representing hope”

Speaker: Dame Clare Gerada, discussant, Prof Will Davies
Chaired by Dr Brian Martindale

Dame Clare Gerada

President Royal College of General Practitioners.
Professor Dame Clare Gerada is a Co-Chair of the NHS Assembly, and President of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). She has practiced medicine for over 40 years, and has been a driving force behind efforts to provide mental health treatment for NHS staff. As well as being the first female Chair of the RCGP in 50 years, she has held leadership roles with the Department of Health and Social Care, and was previously on the Council of the British Medical Association.

In the Millennium Birthday Honours, Clare received an MBE for services to medicine and substance misuse, and was awarded a damehood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2020. She was awarded a fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 2008 and was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in July 2013.

She has written extensively on isses in the NHS, sick doctors (including her book, Beneath the White Coat, Doctors their Minds and Mental Health) and has appeared in the media on numerous occasions.

Prof Will Davies

William Davies is Professor of Political Economy at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Centre [PERC]. He is the author of The Limits of Neoliberalism, The Happiness Industry and Nervous States. He writes regularly for the Guardian, London Review of Books and the New York Times.

Dr Brian Martindale

Founder of the European Federation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (EFPP) in the Public Sector and its first chairman and is now Honorary President. Founding editor of the ISPS book series and the Chair of ISPS from 2011-2017. He is now an Honorary Lifetime Member. In 2009 he was awarded the BCP Now award for Outstanding Professional Leadership.

From 1999-2005 he represented Psychiatry in the Western European Zone to the World Psychiatric Association and following this was made an Honorary Member.

As well as practising as a psychoanalyst, he worked in the NHS for four decades, latterly as an NHS consultant psychiatrist to an early intervention in psychosis service. He has recently retired.

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