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The Skellern Lecture and JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award



Speakers: Malcolm Rae OBE, FRCN: Lifetime Achievement Award, Professor Alan Simpson: Eileen Skellern Lecture

Please note the event will be starting at 6pm prompt.

The Skellern Lecture and JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award has become an important annual event in the mental health nursing calendar. This year, Malcolm Rae OBE, FRCN receives the Lifetime Achievement award and Professor Alan Simpson of City University London will give the Skellern Lecture, entitled:

Peers, professionals and politics: mental health nursing in an age of austerity.
Should peer support workers be welcomed or feared by the nursing profession? The unique expertise that peer supporters can offer service users is increasingly valued as an important dimension in aiding recovery. But peer support is becoming an established component of mental health service delivery when the government is using the veil of deficit reduction to shrink the public sector and widen the scope for unqualified and voluntary labour. Should mental health nursing view the advent of peer support workers as a welcome addition to the team, or a threat that will see the quota of trained nurses diminish and their expertise side-lined?  Are concerns about the emergence of peer support staff simply old-fashioned protectionism by an out of touch professional elite or a genuine concern for patient care, wellbeing and recovery? What is the future for mental health nurses?

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Location: Drysdale Lecture Theatre,  Northampton  Square, London EC1V 0HB  6-9pm

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Evening Schedule

Please note the event will be starting at 6pm prompt.

6.00pm Arrival/Networking

6.30pm  Welcome Address: tbc
6.40 Introduction to Skellern Lecturer: PROFESSOR ALAN SIMPSON
7.45 Refreshments
8.15 Introduction to JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

9.10: Vote of thanks: tbc

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When & where

6.00pm - 9.00pmWednesday 12th June 2013

City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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Sally Hardy

+44 (0)20 7040 5060

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