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The MAPN supports ĦOSS


ĦOSS is the brainchild of Manuel Spiteri and Diane Camenżuli. The word ĦOSS has two specific meanings in the Maltese language i.e. sound and feeling. The concept behind ĦOSS is to bring together music and other forms of expressive arts under the umbrella of mental health. Primarily focused on giving a voice to those that suffer in silence and to raise awareness on the fragile reality of mental health issues.


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The HOSS logo shows a skull, which represents a human being in its rawest form. In the logo, the words H O S S were purposely designed to be in the brain section because our emotions and feelings originate from our minds. Everyone can pass through mental health issues irrespective of age, gender, colour, job, social status and other titles given to the person.



Speaker Bio (9) – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Presentation Title – Medication Management 

Speaker – Pierre Galea

Pierre Galea qualified as a registered mental health nurse in 1998.  For the last 18 years he has worked in different mental health settings across Malta and the U.K. including in-patient settings, community mental health, crisis and home treatment and liaison psychiatry.Pierre Profile Pic

He has completed a degree in Community Mental Health at Oxford Brookes University.  He worked as a community psychiatric nurse with the Oxford Community Mental Health Team, the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team and the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Warneford and J.R. Hospitals in Oxford, U.K.

In 2013 he completed a Master of Science in Mental Health Nursing, where he based his research on the role of the Community Psychiatric Nurse in Malta.  He currently works as a community psychiatric nurse with the Mental Health Services and is the team leader of a community mental health team.  He is a visiting lecturer at the Department of Mental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta.

Pierre Galea is the president of the Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses and is currently the chair for the Alliance for Mental Health, a consortium of organizations which aims to guide the improvement of mental health services in Malta.

For further details contact the MAPN on or call directly on 99825731.

In the below links you can find the provisional programme and Registration Form.


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Speaker Bio (8) – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Presentation Title – The Role of Medication in Mental Health 

Speaker – Dr Anthony Zahra 

Dr Anthony Zahra is a consultant psychiatrist, leading a multidisciplinary team, caring for patients needing acute inpatient mental health care. He is clinical lead at the residential treatment centre for eating disorders and obesity.

He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and followeDr. AZd post graduate training in gerontology at the University of Southampton. He has also furthered studies in the philosophy of psychiatry, and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta. He is an executive member of the Maltese Association of Psychiatry.

His presentation will focus on the role of psychotropic medication in Mental Health.

For further details contact the MAPN on or call directly on 99825731.

In the below links you can find the provisional programme and Registration Form.


Provisional Programme

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Speaker Bio (7) – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Presentation Title – Art Based Interventions in Mental Health

Speaker – Amy Bonnici – Mental Health Nurse

Amy has been working as a Registered Mental Nurse within local inpatient psychiatric services for the past year, and is currently reading for a Masters Degree in Mental Health Nursing. Over the years she has also worked as a children’s art teaAmy Borgcher and creativity instructor for adults during fortnightly events called Creative Evenings, of which she is a co-founder. This love for art inspired her undergraduate dissertation titled Managing PTSD: Expressive Arts Therapies VS Talking Therapies, which explored the use of art, dance, music, and drama in managing trauma as opposed to traditional talking therapies. The presence of evidence based research backing artistic interventions in psychiatry motivated her to introduce art based sessions at the acute admission ward where she currently works. Amy hopes to continue making a positive impact in patients’ lives through both her psychiatric training and artistic abilities.

Speaker Bio (6) – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Presentation Title – The Influence of Patient Centered Care on Nurse Therapy

Speaker – Martin Ward, Visiting Senior lecturer, University of Malta


Martin first came to work in Malta in 2003 as a consultant jointly to the Health Department and the University to set up and deliver degree programmes in psychiatric/mental health nursing. In 2015 this became the multi-disciplinary Department of Mental Health, with a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and he was appointed HMartin Wardead of Department. After a long career in nurse education in the UK Martin was also the Director of Mental Health Nursing at the National Institute for Nursing, Oxford, the Director of Mental Health for the Royal College of Nursing and Chair of the European Expert Panel of Psychiatric Nursing. He was the founder of the NPNR (Network for Psychiatric Nursing research) as well as joint founder of the UK Health Advisory Service (later taken over by NICE). He has published over 100 papers and seven books speaking at conferences worldwide. He retired from full-time academia at the University of Malta in September 2015 whilst President of Horatio: European Psychiatric Nurses. He still lectures at the university part-time and is currently an advisor to the government of the Czech Republic for their mental health reforms and undertaking mental health coaching work with several companies in Malta. Martin’s special interests include practice development and international collaboration. He is currently working on a biography of Professor Shirley Smoyak of Rutgers University, a famous USA psychiatric nurse, with whom he is great friends.

For further details contact the MAPN on or call directly on 99825731.

In the below links you can find the provisional programme and Registration Form.


Provisional Programme

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Speaker Bio (5) – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Presentation Title – Insight: Early Intervention in Psychosis Service.

Speaker – Darren Lloyd, Clinical Team Manager

Mr Darren Lloyd qualified as registered mental health nurse in 1997.

In the past 25 years he worked in a number of psychiatric settings and in different parts of England.

He started his career in in-patient settings, in Oxford, U.K., working in a rehabilitation unit, then on a Psychiatric Intensive Unit.Darren Loyd

Since 2004 he worked in a variety of community mental health settings, firstly in a Community Mental Health Team in Oxford, then moving to work in the Early Intervention Service in Birmingham.

He also worked as a community psychiatric nurse in Coventry CMHT, then working in the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service, within the Magistrates and Crown Court. Since 2015, he worked as a Community Psychiatric Nurse and a Clinical Team Manager in Plymouth, U.K.

He is now the manager of the Early Intervention Service in Plymouth, U.K.

The tenets of Early Intervention in Psychosis; Psycho-Social Education, the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the optimum use of medications and the involvement of families, are the guiding principles for the care he provided over the past two and half decades and advocates how this should be a major part of how clinicians, approach mental health nursing in the years ahead.

Speaker Bio (4) – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Presentation Title: Mental State & Risk Assessment

Speaker: Caroline Attard

Caroline Attard is currently the Director of Quality Improvement  working in Berkshire Health Foundation Trust in the UK.  Her career and expertise spans over 20 years working in her native country Malta and in the United Kingdom. She specialises in in-patient mental health nursing and Quality Improvement.  She has worked as an in-patient mental health Nurse Consultant which consisted of education, clinical leadership, research and service improvement. Caroline has taught on under and post graduate level mental health nursing programmes at various universities. She has also developed and facilitated various in-house training programmes on a variety of subjects, including suicide prevention, risk training and psycho social interventions.  She has developed a preceptorship programme for newly qualified mental health nurses which focuses on resilience and uses methods such as action learning sets and quality improvement methodology

Caroline has a passCaroline Attardion for working with carers and facilitates family work in her own Trust. She is involved in several research projects, from using sports with people who have severe and enduring mental health problems to CBT and sleep in in-patient mental health wards. Her expertise in service development has been utilised successfully in various areas on inpatient mental health wards and her adoption of quality improvement methodology has resulted in improvements in a variety of areas, including improving absence without leave from hospital, improving medication management, increasing post intervention reviews following rapid tranquilisation and improving monitoring of post rapid tranquilisation. Caroline is now leading a Quality Improvement programme across the whole organisation to implement a complete strategic transformational change for her trust. Her Quality Improvement achievements and support projects portfolio include more than 100 projects and span across the whole organisation. One of her most recent projects includes developing a care pathway for people with Emotional unstable personality disorder, whilst others include reducing falls, reducing violent and aggression, reducing self-harm and reducing the use of prone restraint.

Caroline has also contributed to several Research studies in the last few years and publications of both journals and books. Caroline is also the main editor of an International new book focusing on In-patient mental health in collaboration with Oxford University press which will be published in 2018.

For further details contact the MAPN on or call directly on 99825731.

Speaker Bio (3) – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Ms Annette Robbins qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in 2005 and completed modules of the Advanced Cognitive Therapy programme, in Clinical Updates and CBT Supervision. She helped establish in Oxford a Structured Clinical Management Group, offering treatment to those with Borderline Personality Disorder, using a cognitive behavioral approach.Anette

She is a Mental Health Nurse with more than 30 years experience as an in-patient nurse and as a community psychiatric nurse in Oxford, U.K. In her role as a CPN, Annette collaborated extensively with Art, Drama and Occupational Therapists, running groups through various modalities such as psycho-dynamic, and training in psychodrama and more recently Transactional Analysis.

She currently works as a care co-ordinator in a community Adult Mental Health team in a semi-rural setting in Oxfordshire. She carries a large caseload of people with severe and enduring mental illness, triages and assesses new referrals and liaises with primary care and other agencies. She practices CBT in her work as a CPN and supervises colleagues in offering brief CBT interventions and utilising these skills for clients with mental health difficulties and enduring mental illness.

Her session entitled Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ will be delivered on Thursday 8th November

For further details contact the MAPN on or call directly on 99825731.

In the below links you can find the provisional programme and Registration Form.



Provisional Programme

Registration Form

Speaker Bio (2) – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Dr Paulann Grech – B.Sc.(Hons)(Nurs.),M.Sc.(Psych.)(Cardiff),M.Sc.(Hlth.Sci.),Ph.D.(Sheff.)

During the past years, Dr.Grech has been working first as a practitioner within the state mental health services in Malta and then as a mental health lecturer with the University of Malta. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing followed by an M.Sc. She finished her PhD studies at the University of Sheffield in 2014 and completed a Masters programme in Psychiatry with Cardiff University. She teaches within programmes of studies leading to a degree and master’s in Mental Health and also supervises the dissertation process of undergraduate and postgraduate students. During the past years, she has been responsible for the co-ordination of mental health placements as well as the formation and maintenance of a number of international student/staff exchanges and research agreements. In 2015, she was one of the three mental health professionals who set up the Hearing Voices Network in Malta which is now an established NGO. Her areas of interest are related to critical psychiatry, service user involvement and complementary/alternative approaches to understanding and managing mental distress.Paulann pic

Title: This is our voice: an overview of the Hearing Voices Approach

This aim of this presentation is to explore the Hearing Voices Approach which is promoted by an international movement. The first Hearing Voices Network was founded in the Netherlands in 1987 by the Dutch psychiatrist Marius Romme, the science journalist, Sandra Escher and voice hearer, Patsy Hage. Since then, it has been established in more than 30 locations.

The international Hearing Voices Movement consists of the diverse groups that share some core values. These include: hearing voices, seeing visions and related phenomena, the most common being hearing voices. In this context, these experiences are viewed as meaningful and as having the potential to be understood in many ways. This helps to address the stigma and fear that is often related to hearing voices and similar experiences.

Coping with voices can cause great distress and individuals are often overwhelmed by their experiences.  The Hearing Voices Approach contests that the support offered should be based on respect, empathy, informed choice and an understanding of the personal meaning voices have in someone’s life.

This approach offers support through a number of ways. Primarily, information about ways of coping with voices is shared electronically, during activities and on a one-to-one basis. Importantly, this information is derived from and shared amongst voice hearers themselves who are at the leading front of the Hearing Voices movement. Additionally, Hearing Voices groups are set up in order to bring individuals with similar experiences together so that they are able to share information with each other – this often serves as a strong support method. Although initially these groups may be run by non-voice hearers, it is advisable to eventually empower the group members to facilitate the groups themselves.

During the past three years, a Hearing Voices Network has been established in Malta. The goal is to offer and promote self-help support for people who hear voices or have other unusual experiences, commonly described as a symptom of psychosis. An additional focus of the network is to raise awareness and provide education to health care professionals in relation to supporting individuals to cope with voices and similar experiences.

During the presentation, compassionate methods and tools that can be used in supporting those who experience voices and other unusual experiences shall be discussed. The ‘Maastricht Interview’ and the ’Voice-Dialogue Technique’ feature amongst these tools.  Although the Hearing Voices Approach is not intended to replace traditional methods of addressing voice hearing, it often serves as a useful adjunct in facilitating recovery. Thus its inclusion in the professional’s toolkit is important in order to enhance the quality of care on offer.

Speaker Bio – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Rose Warne : RMN, BSc, PGCE, MSc

Rose Warne is a Consultant Nurse for mental health in-patient services working in Berkshire Mental Health Care Trust in the UK. Rose first qualified as a registered mental health nurse in 1983 and has a broad range of experience from in-patient, community, crisis care and liaison psychiatry. Rose has a masters in Higher Professional Education and has worked as a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and teaches both under and post graduate level mental health.

Rose has a BSc in psycho-social interventions (PSI) for people with psychosis and has developed her skills and practice particularly around the support of carers and families and service user involvement. She is currently involved in a pilot project introducing peer mentor groups onto inpatient wards.  Rose has specialised in the assessment and management of risk and has developed resources to help staff wProfile pic - RWith the safety planning process both in liaison psychiatry and more recently on in-patient wards. She has a particular interest in self harm and working with staff in caring compassionately for service users with the diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder.

She has contributed to chapters in the Oxford Textbook of In-patient Care the main one being on the therapeutic use of nursing observations.

Rose Warne will be delivering a presentation on Psycho-social Interventions (PSI).