psychART 2015

psychART was founded by Dr Saffron Homayoun and Dr Megan Fisher in 2015. The project was awarded £10,000 by Health Education England and the Royal College of Psychiatrists with an aim to increase recruitment into psychiatry.


Committee members-

  • Dr Megan Fisher- Co-founder and ST in CAMHS at SLaM NHSFT

  • Dr Saffron Homayoun- Co-founder and ST in CAMHS at SLaM NHSFT

  • Dr Alexandra Blackman- Q&A panel lead and CT in Psychiatry at SLaM NHSFT

  • Dr Richard Corrigall- psychART15 logo designer and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, SLaM NHFT

  • Dr Matt Fernando- IT lead and ST in CAMHS at SLaM NHSFT

  • Dr Natalie Barry- Correspondence lead and CT in Psychiatry at SLaM NHSFT

  • Dr Liam Young- Debate lead and ST CAMHS at SLaM NHSFT


It involved three parts:

  • psychART competition: This was a national art competition open to all foundation year doctors to submit their own artwork; on any theme and in any form. Over 100 entries were put forward for the competition from a wide range of artistic modalities including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, poems, music and film.

  • psychART conference: A day of workshops, talks, performances, debate and a sub-specialty Q&A panel. This took place on 18th November 2015 and was free for foundation year doctors to attend. There were over 70 delegates on the day and of those that completed feedback forms.

  • psychART exhibition: The artwork from the competition was displayed on the conference day and nine winners were picked via a judges' vote, an online vote and a delegates' vote. A selection of the artwork from the competition was displayed at the Royal College of Psychiatrists during March 2016.


Three of the PsychART Competition winners: (See 2015 gallery page for all artwork)

D:\Users\Matt\Documents\My Work\Psychiatry\PsychART\Competition Entries\Osborne, Noleen IMG_5230.jpg

D:\Users\Matt\Documents\My Work\Psychiatry\PsychART\Competition Entries\Fung, Phanida - Extreme Doodling.jpg

PsychART Conference:

There were 76 attendees at the conference and 68% said that this event made the possibility of them choosing psychiatry as a speciality more likely/ much more likely.


Selected comments:

'Thank you so much for today. Excellently run and thoughtfully put together. Also very fun!'

'Great programme!'

'All the presentations were excellent, thoroughly enjoyed them, very informative and well presented'

'Some really interesting talks- particularly the ones that focussed on patient experience and with examples of patient work'

'Excellent speakers and workshops- really inspiring'

'All great, especially drama session and consultant Q+A'

'Very thought provoking, engaging, good to have interactive workshops and entertainment'

'Excellent time keeping and organisation, great variety, extremely interesting'

'Fantastic atmosphere, very well organised and managed, excellent opportunity to interact with like minded individuals'

'I loved the diversity of psychiatrists available- I found out a range of things I didn't know'

'Well organised, very enthusiastic presenters'



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Conference 2018

psychART 2018 Conference was on Friday 23rd November. For more info visit our event page clicking here


Please stay tuned for dates of upcoming events.

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