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HORATIO Congress: Lisbon - 8th-10th October 2015

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HORATIO - European Association for Psychiatric Nurses

The aims of the Association are twofold: to advocate for the interest of the members by providing input into the decision-making processes on issues relevant to psychiatric and mental health nursing in Europe and to promote the development of psychiatric and mental health nursing practice, education, management and research.

Message from the President of HORATIO - Martin Ward

Dear Friends and colleagues

Sunday  lunchtime, 9th November, saw the curtain come down on the 3rd Horatio festival – and what an event it was. 350 delegates were treated to four days of high quality sessions dealing with every aspect of ‘creativity’ in mental health nursing care. So many people for whom this was their first Horatio festival spoke to me about how much they enjoyed an event that dealt almost exclusively with nursing with hardly any mention of psychopharmacology. Well, we all know that medication has its part to play, but I get the message, loud and clear. A special thanks to the delegates, some of whom travelled very long distances, for embracing the values of the event with grace and style. Not everything at the event that was tried, worked, but there is no success without failure and the evaluation sheets suggest that delegates were more than happy with the way things turned out. Most importantly of all are the numbers of comments saying how inspired people were.

Of course a Horatio festival is marked by the fact that it is not just another scientific congress. The four days were included various competitions, events and fun activities and it was clear that on the last day many delegates were beginning to feel the pressure! Over €400 was raised for charity from the silent auction with only two items left unsold. The opening ceremony had surprises for all and the presence of Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca President of Malta made it a special occasion. The MH cinema continues to be a big hit with both sessions full.

So, in closing, I want to say a big thank you to all the keynote speakers, the concurrent session presenters and the poster exhibiters (the quality of these was extremely high). I also have to thank the staff of BLOOM who managed everything so well and allowed us the opportunity to enjoy the event without having to worry about ‘housekeeping’. The venue was superb and the staff were magnificent. Our IT company produced a wonderful stage and supported us throughout and our sponsors gave us just enough help to be able to do one or two special things (like the free music night).

There are things we need to address for 2016, such as getting the event accredited, something we are working on, and our main sponsor, NewCare, have agreed to offer a student bursary for the event, so we need to work with them on how this will happen. Lots of new opportunities arose during the event and these need to be followed up so that we do not loose the momentum. It is clear that much is happening in Europe that seldom gets a wider exposure but which can make a huge difference to the care offered to people with mental health challenges. I hope the Horatio festival continues to be an opportunity to show case these activities.

I must send a special thank you to the outgoing members of the Horatio Board, including Des Kavangh who has been the Association’s President since its inception in 2005, likewise Richard Brood as Treasurer. Roland van de Sande also left the Board as General Secretary following the end of his term of office but fortunately we are not losing this great Horatio stalwart as he is taking over the Chair of the European Expert Panel of Psychiatric Nursing. I also welcome the new Board members elected at the AGM, from Holland, Cyprus and Ireland. We have a great deal of work ahead of us and I welcome the opportunity, as the new President, of working with you.

Finally, a special mention to Kevin Gafa, President of the Malta Association of Psychiatric Nurses (MAPN). He and I put this event together between us and it could never have happened without his tireless efforts, enthusiasm and support. It has taken nearly two years to assemble the elements for the event and like his colleagues from MAPN who honoured him for his work during the closing ceremony, I salute you Kevin and say a special thank you, not least for tolerating my somewhat laid back approach. Have a rest!!

I look forward to seeing some of you in Lisbon in the autumn of 2015 and as many as possible at the 4th festival to be held once again in Malta in 2016.

Martin Ward

President, Horatio European Psychiatric Nurses    


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RPNC World Congress for Psychiatric Nurses - 2015 - Banff, Canada

The 2015 RPNC World Congress for Psychiatric Nurses will be held at the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and Resort in Banff, Alberta - Canada on May 20th, 21st & 22nd 2015. You are invited to submit abstracts for poster and/or oral presentation, Submission Deadline: Monday, October 6, 2014.

For further information visit: http://worldcongress.rpnc.ca/


Belgium Joins HORATIO

We are happy to announce that the NKVV (Belgium National Nurses Association) have become full members of HORATIO: European Psychiatric Nurses. This is a wonderful achievement on the part of Christophe Castelyn who has been working on this with the help of the HORATIO Board for the last six months. He will act as the link person for the association. On behalf of the Board we wish him well in his future endeavours, look forward to working with the association which is one of the oldest in Europe, and we welcome them to the growing list of associations representing psychiatric and mental health nurses in Europe.

Martin Ward, President Elect - HORATIO: European Psychiatric Nurses

New Editor for the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

The Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing has appointed a new Editor-in-Chief, Professor Lawrie Elliott, Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research, Margaret University College, Edinburgh Scotland. Dr. Elliott is Director of Research. He has more than ten years experience in addiction research and publishes at international level on the subject including papers on the effectiveness of primary care addiction services such as needle exchange, methadone prescribing, and drug reduction clinics. Horatio welcomes him to this new and challenging role and looks forward to a continuation of the journal's success and Horatio's collaboration with it. 

Applications are invited for the position of Associate Editor Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

The Journal is seeking applications for the position of Associate Editor within one of the leading international psychiatric and mental health nursing journals.

The Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing is an international, peer-reviewed publication. www.wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/jpm. The successful candidate for the position of Associate Editor will be recognized internationally for his or her academic and research achievements and will have an impressive track record of publications and presentations at conferences. The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and knowledge:

  • Sound scientific judgment
  • Professional standing
  • Broad knowledge of psychiatric and mental health nursing on an international level
  • Awareness of trends and ethical standards within knowledge dissemination
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Previous editorial board and reviewer experience on nursing journals

The main functions within this role are: manuscript handling and quality control, strategic development, and journal promotion. The post involves working closely with the Publisher, the Editor, and the Editorial Board.

Applicants should note that this position requires a weekly commitment of time, with additional time for meetings. The Associate Editor can be based in any international location. There is an honorarium available for this position. Ideally, the successful candidate would take over this position in July or August 2014.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a short assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, and an accompanying letter outlining the skills you will bring to this position.

A description of the role is available on request. Please send your application, in confidence, to:

Rosie Hutchinson - rosie.hutchinson@wiley.com  Applications to arrive no later than 16th June 2014

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