Section: Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine
Address: 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE UK
Direct Line: +44 (0)207 290 3947

The Section of Hypnosis and Psychsomatic Medicine is a successful and well-attended section of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) in London. Post-war, hypnosis was beginning to become more widely used by health professionals—particularly by doctors and dentists—and, as a result, a group of well-established clinicians, together with the Metropolitan Branch of the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis (BSMDH), set up a new section devoted to the theoretical understanding and application of hypnosis. Founded by Dr David Waxman, it was originally called the Section of Medical and Dental Hypnosis and changed its name, in 1989, to the Section of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine under the presidency of Dr David Pederson. Importantly, for at least twenty years, particularly in the field of behaviour psychology, psychologists had been investigating hypnosis and hypnotic suggestibility using a range of statistical data and observation. Indeed, the formation of this new section coincides neatly with the formation of the new British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis (BSECH) in 1977. On Thursday 22nd of June 1978, the inaugural meeting, led by Dr David Waxman, took place at the RSM; and with a council established, the section began to organize conferences and lectures from leading health practitioners and scholars on a regular basis. Since then, the section has gone from strength to strength: there are hundreds of members who regularly attend lectures, and senior members are also involved in the teaching of hypnosis at postgraduate level. All the meetings carry CPD points and they are important to health professionals because, before, during and after the sessions, they have the opportunity to discuss the hypnosis and network with colleagues. The RSM offers whole day conferences, half day meetings and workshops with exciting, well-known and knowledgeable speakers.  Click here for more details

Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine Section: Elliotson Prize  2019


  • First prize: £200 and an RSM certificate 
  • Second prize: £100 and an RSM certificate 
  • Third prize: £50 and an RSM certificate 

Submission deadline 

Sunday 29 March 2020

Open to

Trainees in hypnosis (those who are undertaking a training course, and those who are within one year of completing their course)

  • Clinical trainees in medicine, dentistry nursing or psychological fields
  • Students enrolled in related graduate academic courses
  • Those qualified in medicine, dentistry nursing or those in psychological fields

Shortlisted applicants must be available to attend the prize meeting and to present their submission on Monday 27 April 2020.    

Application guidelines

Entrants are invited to submit a case study or an essay of no more  than 1000 - 1500 words in response to the following question: “Discuss the rationale for the use of the term hypnosis or hypnotherapy.”

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Hypnosis in child and adolescent health
Monday 16 September 2019

Join us to look at the role of hypnosis in various fields related to child and adolescent health. This afternoon meeting will showcase the use of clinical hypnosis in children and adolescents, with experts highlighting hypnotic interventions and suggestions amongst their client population. Topics include young people with anxiety and body image issues and the use of clinical hypnosis in a paediatric setting.
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The impact and management of chronic stress and the David Waxman memorial lecture
Monday 9 December 2019

This afternoon meeting will raise awareness of the impact of chronic stress on health and well-being. With presentations from a number of high-profile speakers including John Gruzelier and Angela Clow, you'll have the opportunity to take part in small group discussions and receive whole group feedback. Covered topics will include cortisol, a steroid hormone, the use of self-hypnosis in strengthening immunity and hypnotic induction techniques.
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