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Nutrition for the Management of Psychosis

Chy Sawel

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Start Date: 16 October 2021

End Date: 16 October 2021

Duration 1 hour 34 minutes

Nutrition and Psychosis: clinical data, latest findings from research, and the
views of patients, carers and staff

Kevin Williamson, Head of Research, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), and Consultant Nutritionist and the Clinical Lead at their Centre for Nutrition and Behaviour

Research clearly shows that nutrition and diet can influence both the risks for developing psychosis, and the course of illness and recovery from this condition.   This presentation provides an overview of how this evidence can be translated into clinical practice, drawing on the pioneering work of speaker Kevin Williamson and his colleagues at a leading NHS Trust that has already been putting this evidence into practice for many years, and also providing education and training on how others can do the same.

The presentation also includes key outcomes and conclusions from a recent review of the literature on nutrition and mental health, carried out as part of Kevin’s current PhD work in this rapidly expanding field.  In addition, preliminary results will be presented from his ongoing qualitative research – which explores the views of patients, carers and healthcare professionals on the topic of nutrition for the management of psychosis.  

The presentation is therefore structured into three sections, covering:

1)      Practical approaches to including nutritional assessment and dietary intervention as part of mainstream psychiatric services, including:

  • nutritional assessment of patients with psychosis
  • practical dietary intervention strategies
  • case studies
  • professional education and training in nutrition and clinical psychiatry

2)      A review of the current research literature on the role of nutrition in mental health: key findings and their implications

3)      Nutritional psychiatry: The views and perspectives of patients, carers and staff