We had high level participation from both the UK and Israel including Prof. Sir Simon Wessely, Prof. of Psychological Medicine, King’s College London and President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Prof. Danny Brom,
Director of the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma, Herzog Hospital, Jerusalem. Both the British Ambassador, H.E Matthew Gould, and the Israeli Ambassador, H.E Daniel Taub, opened the roundtable and said that this kind of event was a ‘model for UK/Israel engagement’. We had representatives from universities around the country including King’s College London, University College London, University of Nottingham, Imperial College London, Anglia Ruskin University, University of East London, Middlesex University, City University London, Queen’s College
Oxford, University of Stirling. Other participants included psychiatrists, psychologists and neuroscientists from the Ministry of Defence, Combat Stress, British Legion, Help for Heroes, The Scottish Government, Scars of War Foundation, NATCEN, The Dart Centre Europe, The Metropolitan Police Service, The British Navy and the BBC.
We also included an invitation to students studying PTSD from King’s College London and Imperial College. They commented saying that “it was like having a year’s worth of lectures in one day” and it was fascinating for them to engage with high level clinicians from both Israel and the UK.Some of the participants have already agreed to collaborate on future work and research.