January 26


10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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British Association for Performing Arts Medicine

The Royal Society of Music and BAPAM: Imposter Syndrome with Psychologist Fiona Macbeth

The Royal Society of Musicians and BAPAM are working together to present a series of health education workshops for musicians. This exciting series of workshops brings together bring specialist practitioners who are experts in the field of performing arts medicine and offers an opportunity for musicians to understand more about the range of health problems they might experience, how to prevent them and how to get help if it is needed.

This webinar will look at what imposter syndrome is, why we might doubt ourselves despite our abilities, education and experience and how we can start to change our thinking to not let thoughts of self doubt sabotage our playing and performance.

Fiona Macbeth MSc Therapeutic Counselling, MBACP(Accred)

Fiona ran the counselling service at a top London Performing Arts college for three years with 650 students.

She also specialises in working with performers in her private practice, which she has run in London and Brighton since 2009. She works with clients referred by BAPAM, Help Musicians, Equity and the Royal College of Music.

She completed her master’s at the University of Greenwich, and is an accredited member of the BACP.

Previously she worked for 27 years at the BBC as a programme maker, trainer and change lead.

The Royal Society of Musicians

RSM provides vital support to those whose lives have been affected by accident, illness, stress and anxiety. We work with UK-based musicians and their families throughout their careers and into retirement, giving help towards short-term needs as well providing support on a more long-term basis when required. RSM can help towards funding physical and emotional therapies, referrals to specialised practitioners and associated treatments, and potentially the provision of home adaptations or living expenses.

For more information, please visit or to contact us at / 020 7629 6137.


Established 30 years ago, BAPAM is the largest provider of Performing Arts Medicine in the UK with coverage across the four nations and a growing Directory of over 200 approved clinicians, registered with BAPAM. We provide free clinical assessments for performers with health problems affecting their performing arts practice. In 2019, we provided occupational health support to over 2500 enquiries from performing artists, including 1200 clinical assessment appointments. Our support is focused on specialist clinical assessment to determine the correct diagnosis and best care pathway for a performer, providing clinical advice and referring onwards to experts in the field where necessary. In some cases we also able to provide ongoing mental health support. Regulated by the Care Quality Commission, we operate under robust clinical governance and quality assurance frameworks with leadership from our Board and Medical Committee. Performers generally access care via our Helpline, and our (non-clinical) Helpline operators advise on care options and arrange appointments according to approved protocols. We also run a health education programme with free sessions available online and bespoke sessions which can be booked for individual organisations. You can contacts us; and 0207 404 8444.