Electing a new vice-chair for MHNAUK

Mental Health Nurse Academics UK has two elected positions of Chair and vice-chair. Our terms of reference allow for nominations from members and elections for these positions if there are more nominated individuals than there are places to fill. This has been the case each time the opportunity to stand for the positions comes up. I think this is a healthy sign of a highly engaged group prepared to commit themselves to participating in debates on education and research in the field of mental health nursing.
Our arrangements are that once elected for the position of vice-chair an individual will serve two years in that position and then a further two years when they replace the existing chair. As the current Chair of the group my time in office is coming to a close and we are currently seeking nominations from group members for the position of vice-chair as my vice-chair Professor Joy Duxbury will take on the role of group chair from 2015. Viewing the four years from this side of the term of office the time seems to have flown. I will post again on my time in office and provide a personal evaluation of the period, but that is for later. Now we are expecting the usual flow of high quality candidates who will put themselves forward for election by their peers and who will one day lead our group. There are many excellent and highly capable mental health nurse academics on our group and I look forward to supporting whoever is elected in their role over the coming years. Nominations close this coming Friday 21st November after which our returning officer Dr Ben Hannigan will provide further details of how the election will be managed. The process will mean that we will have the result before the Christmas break. Good luck to all participating in the process.

Michael Coffey
Chair of MHNAUK

MHNAUK meeting Manchester Autumn 2014

Mental Health Nurse Academics UK meets in the coming week at Manchester University for its Autumn meeting. The agenda for the meeting is posted below. Our meeting is themed around concepts of public involvement and engagement in mental health nurse education and research. We kick off the day with presentations, questions and discussions on the theme presented by colleagues from MHNAUK at Manchester and Cardiff alongside service user and carer researchers.
Much of our meeting will be made up business that reflects the necessary housework of a group such as ours. We agreed previously to theme our meetings and we shall revisit this decision to make plans for the coming year. Our terms of reference which are available here will be discussed and updated as needed. This is also the time in our cycle of meetings when we prepare for the nomination and election of a new vice-chair for the coming period. Once again our colleague Ben Hannigan has offered to manage this process for us and he will lay out the procedure at our coming meeting for members. There is plenty going on outside the group too and we will discuss the most recent Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research conference and plans for the coming year, the Skellern lecture and have a policy update on commissioning frameworks.

9.15 – 9.45 Arrival and Refreshments

9.45 – 10.00 Welcome to the University of Manchester
Prof Karina Lovell, Director of Research
Prof Steven Pryjmachuk, Director of Undergraduate Education

10.00 – 10.15 Welcome from the Chair and Introductions
Michael Coffey, Chair of Mental Health Nurse Academics UK

Morning presentations: Public Involvement and Engagement in MH research and education

10.10 – 10.30 “Becoming involved in research, our journey”
Lauren Walker and Lindsey Cree, Service User and Carer Researchers, the EQUIP (Enhancing the quality of user-involved care planning in mental health services) project

10.35 – 10.55 “Two examples of involving young people in NIHR-funded research projects”
Steven Pryjmachuk, Professor, University of Manchester and Ben Hannigan, Reader, Cardiff University

11.00-11.15 Comfort Break

11.15-11.35 “Developing a faculty-wide infra-structure to improve Public Involvement and Engagement”
John Baker, Senior Lecturer and Faculty Lead for Public Involvement and Engagement, University of Manchester

11:40 – 12:00 Discussions on presentations/theme

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch and networking

MHNAUK Business
12:30 – Themes for meetings
Michael Coffey

13.00 – Revisiting MHNAUK terms of reference
Michael Coffey

13.30 – Election arrangements for new vice-chair
Ben Hannigan

13.45 Service User researchers
Joy Duxbury

14.00 -14.15 NPNR News
Michael Coffey

14:15 Policy update on alternative commissioning frameworks, Benchmark prices
John Playle

14.45 AOB
Skellern Lecture
LD group link
Physical Health care position paper

15.00 Close of Meeting

Next Meeting University of York, 10th March 2015

Michael Coffey
Chair of MHNAUK

Meeting Agenda 12th June 2014

Meeting agenda for the forthcoming Mental Health Nurse Academics UK get together

MHNAUK meet at South Bank University next week with a full agenda as ever. It’s likely to be a busy meeting with over 30 colleagues from all around the UK already registered to attend. Our meetings consist of presentations in the morning followed by business in the afternoons and for this meeting our colleagues at South Bank have invited speakers to present around the intriguing theme of ‘Reciprocity’. 

Our afternoon business sees us welcome colleagues from the nurse consultants group to discuss ideas for collaboration and shared interests and perhaps even to formalise the link between our groups. We plan to catch up on the proposed review of nurse education in England and consider some new developments as our group aims to further its aims of influencing mental health nurse education, research and practice.

9.15 – 9.45       Arrival and Refreshments

 9.45 – 10.00      Welcome to London South Bank University

                          VC Prof Dave Phoenix

 10.00 – 10.15    Welcome from the Chair and Introductions                        

                          Michael Coffey

Morning presentations: Reciprocity. What lessons are there for a contemporary agenda?

10.20 – 10.50    Colin Gale, Archivist. Bethlem Museum of the Mind

‘As if to, drive me mad: an Edwardians experience of sedatives and the asylum’

10.50 – 11.20     Tony Leiba, Emeritus Professor LSBU

‘Lessons of social inclusion through policy’

11.20-11.30        Comfort Break

11.30-12.00        Tommy Dickinson, Lecturer, Manchester University

“Curing Queers”: Giving a voice to former patients who received treatments for their “sexual deviations”, 1935-1974

12:00 -12:30        Discussions on presentations

(including themes for future meetings)

12.30 – 13.00          LUNCH and NETWORKING

Main Business

13.00 – 13.45          Nurse Consultants Group

                                Natalie Hammond and Cath Gamble

13:45-14:00             Review of nurse education in England - Andy Mercer


and for interest see the planned Lancet Commission on Nursing http://lancetnursingcommission.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/the-lancet-commission-on-uk-nursing.html

14.00 -14.15     NPNR News
                         Michael Coffey

14.15 – 14.30   A MHNAUK sponsored invited lecture?

                         Michael Coffey

14.30 – 14.45  - Physical health position paper developments

                          Patricia Ryan-Allen 

14.45  - AOB

Journal Discussion – Ben Hannigan

Links with LD group

15.00  - Close of Meeting

Mental Health Nurse Doctoral Students’ Network

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Doctoral Students’ Network

 Hope your Doctoral studies and plans are progressing well.

Reminder re two important events in the calendar this year:

The Eileen Skellern Lecture – Weds 11th June at 6pm Institute of Psychiatry, Camberwell, London – http://www.skellern.info/

Did anyone want to meet up for a coffee beforehand?

 The 20th NPNR conference – Thurs 18th & Fri 19th September at University of Warwick – http://www.rcn.org.uk/newsevents/event_details/rcn_eventsms/npnr14

There will be a Mental Health Nurse Doctoral Researchers’ Fringe event at NPNR this year again. A while ago I asked for suggestions about what you wanted, or your preferred format. This was a suggestion I received:

As we may be at different stages, one option could be to look at who is at what stage and then have those at an early stage discussing their experiences so far, those around year 3-4 discussing the pitfalls or learning curves from year 1 and 2. And then have discussion about those further on/towards the end . A small question and answer section at the end too.

Any further comments do put them forward. It would be good to meet up again.


Bw, Julia Terry


Planning a MHNAUK meeting

As we roll up to the end of April and summer is just around the corner the planning of our next meeting is starting to fall into some sort of shape. MHNAUK meetings usually take the form of morning presentations and afternoon group business items. After a meeting devoted to group strategy and plans in Cardiff in the Spring of 2013 we have attempted to get work done in our meetings and be much more strategic in terms of themes for presentations and outputs arising from these. This has meant that in the past year we have focused on dementia care and produced a position paper from this and in subsequent meetings we have discussed restrictive practices and physical health care in mental health which will result in further position papers.
For our coming meeting this June we are currently discussing ideas around the history of mental health nursing as one possible theme alongside plans to further our relationships with the mental health nurse consultants group. In addition we will revisit our plans for future themes so that we keep the focus firmly on supporting education and research in our field. Agendas are never truly fully complete and over the next few weeks new items will arise and suggestions will arrive that members feel we must discuss. This is as it should be and I welcome this as evidence of the vitality of the wider group, anyone fancy discussing yet another review of nurse education for instance?

Michael Coffey
Chair of MHNAUK

The 2014 Annual Skellern Lecture and JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award

This year’s Skellern lecture will take place on the evening (6-9pm) of June 11th at the Wolfson Lecture Theatre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley and will be delivered by Professor Joy Duxbury, Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the School of Health, University of Central Lancashire. The central theme of her lecture is the challenge of physical restraint, which, if you have been watching the news recently, is high on the current agenda as a result of the high number of restraint-related deaths in custody (eg: http://www.middevongazette.co.uk/Family-man-died-police-custody-meet-health/story-20466943-detail/story.html). On the theme of her talk Professor Duxbury says: “My lecture will endeavour to balance the evident need for improved compassionate based care against a backdrop of risk aversion. There will be a particular focus on coercive practices, more specifically restraint in mental health settings”.
Also on the evening, Professor Hugh Mckenna will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing (JPMHN). Professor McKenna has a long and illustrious career. He was appointed an International Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2013 which is an accolade accorded to very few people outside the USA. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (1999), Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (2003) and Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science (2003). In 2008, Professor McKenna received a CBE for contributions to health care and the community, and in the same year he was appointed to Chair the Nursing Panel in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Duxbury and Mckenna will join a growing list of leaders in the field who have been associated with the Skellern Lecture since 1982. The Skellern Lecture was inaugurated to remember the contribution of Eileen Skellern. Skellern’s considerable contributions to the development of psychiatric and mental health nursing in the UK, were rounded-off by the organisation of the first major international mental health nursing conference in the UK in 1980. Unfortunately, Skellern died two months before the conference, but her legacy was marked two years later in the establishment of the bi-annual lecture in her name. A list of highly prestigious speakers established the series as a leading event for the profession of mental health nursing. In 2006 the Skellern Lecture evening was revitalised and boosted by the addition of a new Lifetime Achievement Award which was sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell’s Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, the first recipient being Phil Barker, followed in 2007 by our own Jo Brand.
Since 2006 the appointment of the Skellern Lecturer and the JPMHN Lifetime Achievement has been via a competitive process of peer nomination, short-listing and panel voting. The appointments panel is made up of previous Skellern lecturers, Lifetime Award recipients, and representatives from event sponsors who have included: The Cassel Hospital, Birmingham Mental Health Trust, The South London & Maudsley Trust, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, Nottinghamshire Health Care Trust, London South Bank University, City University, Institute of Mental Health Nottingham, RCN, Mental Health Nurse Academics UK, Wiley-Blackwell and most recently Greenwich University & Oxleas). In recent years the voting decision of panel has been announced to great anticipation and fanfare at the annual Network of Psychiatric Nursing Research (NPNR) conference, which is held in September. The short-list in 2014 was as impressive as ever with: Richard Whittington and John Playle short-listed for the Skellern Lecture, and Kevin Gournay, Alistair Campbell, Beatrice Stevens and Phil Burnard short-listed for the Lifetime Award. It is the strength of the short-list and the willingness for well-known colleagues to ‘put their hat into the ring’ that ultimately gives kudos to the Skellern lecture and the Lifetime Award.
The lecture evening is a free event so visit the Skellern web-pages http://www.skellern.info where you will be able to reserve your place, where you also find an archive for previous events, information about the current event and a live link to our SKELLERN TWITTER. There are also details about how to nominate for the awards, and we are also keen to recruit student representatives to the panel. We look forward to seeing you on June 11th.

- Dr Gary Winship, University of Nottingham, gary.winship@nottingham.ac.uk

20th International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research conference

This year sees the 20th international NPNR conference taking place at Warwick University on the 18th and 19th September. After a number of successful years collaboration Mental Health Nurse Academics UK have agreed a further 3 year arrangement with the Royal College of Nursing to ensure the conference continues to go from strength to strength. You can find more information about the conference here 

The call for papers is currently open and papers are coming in at a steady rate but there is still plenty of time to get an abstract drafted and submitted.

Each year the Scientific Committee review and score every abstract and then meet to decide which papers are selected for concurrent sessions, workshops and posters. The papers that successfully navigate this process usually stand out for their attention to the detail of the call. As the current chair of this committee I can say that we get many excellent abstracts reporting increasingly high quality research. Here are some pointers on what we are looking for in abstracts;

  • you would think it would go without saying but thoughtful and clearly written abstracts have an immediate and significant advantage
  • making clear how your research, practice development or discussion paper relates to the conference themes will also help your abstract stand out from the crowd
  • paying close attention to the submission guidance and abstract criteria helps the committee enormously and this should not be underestimated
  • take a look at the abstract review guide to see exactly what the committee are looking for when coming to a decision on your abstract 
  • remember that this is a mental health nursing research conference and making your abstract relevant to the audience is important – each year we reject abstracts that have little or no obvious relevance to mental health nursing practice, education or research
  • consider whether your abstract is best presented as a concurrent 15 minute session or as a poster presentation – we value both

Whether your paper is accepted or not do consider coming to the conference for the opportunity to hear from established and up and coming mental health nurse researchers. This conference is renowned in our profession for being friendly and collegiate. New presenters are welcome and we provide support and advice to smooth those first time nerves. Many mental health nurses, service users, carers and other colleagues attend the conference and it is an excellent opportunity to meet many of the leading figures in our field and establish productive working (and often long-standing social) relationships.

Michael Coffey

Chair of MHNAUK