Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

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Edited By: Lawrie Elliott

Impact Factor: 1.055

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 56/114 (Nursing (Social Science)); 59/116 (Nursing (Science)); 101/136 (Psychiatry (Social Science)); 113/140 (Psychiatry)

Online ISSN: 1365-2850

JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award


JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award and Skellern Lecture 2015

The standing of the JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award and the Skellern Lecture is thanks to the ongoing support of event sponsors and supporters. The 2014 event was memorable with Joy Duxbury delivering a Skellern Lecture that was radical and thought-provoking, and Hugh Mckenna accepting his JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award with an address that was inspiring and informative. The event held at the Maudsley was something of homecoming for the Skellern Lecture as it was at the Maudsley where Eileen Skellern ended her illustrious career.

As the glitter and glamour dust settled on a fine evening, there were discussions about who should host the next event with colleagues proposing that the event hosting should be open to competitive bidding. This was agreed by the panel and three hosts came forward: Edinburgh (Lawrie Elliott); London South Bank University (Sally Hardy); and University of Nottingham (Patrick Callaghan). The panel’s preference was Nottingham which will host the 2015 event.

The short lists for both the Skellern Lecture and the JPMHN Lifetime Achievement award were stronger than ever this year. The panel had a tough decision and in the end voted for Ian Norman to deliver the Skellern Lecture. Ian’s proposal for the lecture had the title: “The art and science of mental health nursing: reconciled in the interests of recovery oriented practice and public mental health”. Ian’s synopsis was as follows: “This lecture will trace the history of mental health nursing as a practice and academic discipline and its origins in two traditions: the interpersonal relations tradition (the art of mental health nursing) and the evidenced-based tradition (the science). Once seen to be in conflict these traditions appear to have been largely reconciled as the focus of mental health policy turns to promoting core values which support recovery oriented mental health practice. Looking to the future the lecture will draw upon my experience of collecting evidence as a member of the Mental Health Foundation’s 2013 Inquiry into the future of mental health services and reflect on the implications of future directions for the profession.

The JPMHN Lifetime Award was also a tough decision. In the end the panel voted for Marion Janner, OBE founder of Star Wards. Marion has been a vociferous campaigner for equal rights with people with Mental Health problems, and is a former mental health service user, whose personal experiences of inpatient care directly shaped the development of Star Wards. In 2010 she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her work.

The evening of Ian’s Skellern Lecture and Marion’s JPMHN Lifetime Achievement address will be 11th June, 2015 at the University of Nottingham. It promises to be a brilliant occasion, a great opportunity to celebrate the profession and is free to all. Please visit the following web-site for details: http://www.skellern.info/index.html.

On a note of sadness, this last year has seen the passing of two people who have been closely connected Skellern Lecture and the JPMHN Lifetime Award. Firstly Julia Brooking died earlier this. Julia succeeded Eileen Skellern at Maudsley and Julia played an important role in establishing the Skellern Lecture in the 1980s and she supported the revitalisation of the event in 2006. And secondly Helen Bamber passed away a few weeks ago. Helen was awarded the JPMHN Lifetime Achievement in 2009 and her address, for those who were there, was indeed a privilege to witness. Helen was a giant who shaped the way which we have come to appreciate the necessity of human rights as a core value, whose influence has penetrated into deeply into many fields including Mental Health practice.

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