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Panel discussion: The Psychological challenges of transition from Adolescence to Adulthood sponsored by Cognacity Wellbeing

Date of Event
Wednesday 13th November 2019
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Oxford and Cambridge Club
71-77 Pall Mall
St. James's
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IDF are delighted to invite you to a Panel discussion: The Psychological challenges of transition from Adolescence to Adulthood, where you are encouraged to participate by submitting your questions ahead of this event. Email us at 

The transition of young people into adult services has generated a lot of interest as services and families struggle to achieve seamless transitions.  Echoing this concern, NICE published recommendations in 2016 aiming to help young people and their carers have a better experience of transition by improving the way it is planned and carried out; covering both health and social care.
When considering cognitive, social and emotional transition to adulthood, research about brain development has been demonstrating that young people do not magically become adults at age 18. In fact, neuroimaging studies show that the brain develops in a back to front pattern, and the prefrontal cortex is the last portion of the brain to fully develop; up to around 25 years old. There is a challenge in incorporating what we know from neuroscience into how we conceptualise the development and delivery of services for young adults. More needs to be done to reflect in our thinking and services our increasing knowledge about the transitional stages of young adulthood.


  • Gary Bloom, Clinical Psychotherapist 
  • Ollie Thorley, Rugby Player
  • Dr Monica Ramirez, Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Dr Shaima Villait, GP
  • Dr Neil Haughton, IDF President


Gary Bloom
Gary Bloom is a clinical psychotherapist working from Harley Street and Oxford. He specialises in adolescents who are struggling academically and behaviourally in state schools. He is also a sports psychotherapist for a Football League club and hosts a radio show on Talksport - ‘ On the Sporting Couch’ dealing with psychology in sport. 

Ollie Thorley
2019 RPA ‘Young Player of the Year’ Award
2019 Gallagher Premiership ‘Try of the Season’ Award

I started playing professional rugby in Gloucester Rugby’s senior squad whilst doing my A Levels at Cheltenham College. I have had a successful career playing left wing and this year was selected to train with the England Squad in the weeks before they left for Japan. I turned down a place to study History at Durham University in order to continue my playing career but felt increasing academically unfulfilled because of their being limited precedent for full-time university studies alongside rugby at the club. This, together with family and relationship difficulties during 2016/7 resulted in symptoms of anxiety, insomnia and low mood. I sought help and have benefited not only from developing greater insight into these issues but also learning more effective coping strategies, which has led to a greater sense of purpose and overall improvement in my mental health.

Dr Monica Ramirez
Working in the NHS and private sector, Dr Ramirez is the lead in her CAMHS team of the emotional disorders service and the CAMHS service for young people with first episode of psychosis (where she sees adolescents and young adults). Integral to Dr Ramirez’s role in CAMHS is to arrange transitions for young people who reach 18 years old.

Dr Shaima Villait
Dr Shaima Villait is a General Practitioner practicing in Chelsea. She qualified from Imperial College in 1998 and completed post graduate specialist training in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, General Medicine, Psychiatry and Accident and Emergency in top London Teaching Hospitals. She obtained Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2003.

She believes in the importance of a family doctor’s role in providing a holistic approach for patients. Having lived and worked abroad, in Hong Kong and Dubai, she has a keen interest in International medicine, ensuring her patients are provided with the best care available in London and internationally. She has worked in the Chelsea area for 8 years.

Dr Neil Haughton
Originally from Manchester, Dr Neil Haughton attended St Andrews University graduating BSc(Hons) in Biochemistry; he then attended Magdalene College, Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital where he qualified in 1990. During his time at Cambridge he was President of the Clinical School Drama Society and conducted research into diabetes care in Fiji. He completed his vocational training in general practice in Canterbury and Whitstable, acquiring diplomas in child health and obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1995.

He gained hospital experience in paediatrics, cancer treatment, obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry, general and emergency medicine, as well as working in local general practices in Kent. He then moved to London where he joined the HIV/AIDS unit at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington as a Research Fellow recruiting for trials of anti-HIV drugs, before becoming Medical Director of the London Lighthouse Hospice off Ladbroke Grove.

He joined the Notting Hill Practice (as it then was) in 1999, becoming a director in 2003, and was instrumental in developing the practice and services we have today at The Portobello Clinic. As well as his experience above, his interests include health screening, especially men’s health, and has developed links with Harley Street clinics to facilitate a premier screening service. He has also established sexual health screening protocols with our laboratory providing advanced levels of investigation.

In May 2018 Dr Haughton was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners and maintains active contact with the College and its officers.

In March 2019 he took on the role of IDF President.


This event is proudly sponsored by Cognacity Wellbeing


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