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5th Key Note Speaker Announced – 4th Horatio European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing “Working in Partnership” – Malta – 11th – 14th May, 2017

Wolfgang Gaebel PicProf. Wolfgang Gaebel (Germany) is the 5th announced Key Note Speaker for the HORATIO Festival of Psychiatric Nursing

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Gaebel is. Professor of Psychiatry and former Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, and former Medical Director of the LVR-Klinikum Düsseldorf, Germany. He is the Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Quality Assurance and has been the Director of the LVR-Institute for Mental Healthcare Research in Düsseldorf from 2014-2016.

From 2015-2016 Professor Gaebel has been the President of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) which is the main association representing psychiatry in Europe with its active individual members in as many as 88 countries and 40 National Society/Association Members who represent about 78 000 European psychiatrists in Europe. He is the Past President of the association, chair of the association’s publication committee and co-chair of its schizophrenia section. Together with the European organizations UEMS, EFPT and WHO Europe he has founded the Task Force on Education in European Psychiatry which will work towards more harmonized post-graduate psychiatric education in Europe.

Prof. Gaebel was Vice President of the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany and is Chairman of the WPA Section on Schizophrenia, Chairman of the WPA Section on Quality Assurance, and Chairman of the Taskforce on Nosology and Psychopathology of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP). He has twice been President of the German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN). Professor Gaebel is member of the WHO Topic Advisory Group for ICD-11.

His scientific focus lies on clinical schizophrenia research, quality assurance, anti-stigma and mental healthcare research. He has published more than 700 scientific articles and is the author and/or editor of approximately 50 books, monographies and supplements.

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4th Key Note Speaker Announced – 4th Horatio European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing “Working in Partnership” – Malta – 11th – 14th May, 2017

Jon Allen picThe 4th announced Key Note Speaker for the HORATIO Festival is Mr. Jon Allen (RMN, BA(Hons) MSc, MBA) from the United Kingdom.

Mr. Allen has been a trained Psychiatric Nurse for more than 30 years. Jon has worked in mental health services in clinical, teaching and managerial roles.  He has worked in a wide range of organisations across the UK.

From 1989 to 1998 Jon worked in clinical, teaching and service management roles in Nottingham’s mental health services. From  1998 to 2000 he was deputy director of Nursing at the South London and Maudsley NHS  Foundation Trust and from 2000 to 2008  he was the executive director of nursing on the board of the then Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Trust. During this time he also established and chaired the National Forum for Nurse Directors and Leaders in Mental Health and Learning Disability Services.  As the forum chair he was involved in developing national policy in a number of areas of mental health nursing and was a regular columnist for the RCN journal Mental Health Practice.

From 2008 to 2011 Jon worked as a senior consultant for the UK arm of US health Insurance giant United Health. During this time he worked closely with National Health Service commissioning bodies looking at how understanding service user data on service utilisation could improve how services were planned and delivered.

From 2011 Jon set up as an independent management consultant and started Valuecare Ltd his own elder care business running residential and nursing homes for the elderly with primary focus on caring for people with dementia.  As an independent consultant Jon  worked with a wide range of NHS and independent sector services doing service reviews and quality improvement work.  He has also worked extensively with the Health and Social Care Advisory Service   chairing a number of independent homicide reviews.

In 2014 Jon was appointed as a non executive director on the board of Sequence Care ltd, a company specialising in providing residential care services for service users with learning disabilities who also present with mental health problems. In 2015 Jon was also appointed as a non executive director of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, one of the UKs largest mental health and community service providers.  Jon chairs the board’s quality and safety committee for both these organisations.

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3rd Key Note Speaker Announced – 4th Horatio European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing “Working in Partnership” – Malta – 11th – 14th May, 2017

The 3rd announced Key Note Speaker for the HORATIO Festival is Prof. Michel Probst (PhD, PT) from Belgium.

Michel Probst Pic

Dr. Michel Probst was born on January 30, 1954. In 1978, he graduated in Rehabilitation Sciences and physical therapy at the KU Leuven (Belgium). He followed postgraduate courses “Psycho-motor therapy” (in 1979) and Relaxation Therapy (in 1980).

Since 1979, he worked at the University Psychiatric Centre-KU Leuven. In his clinical work, he has been working with patients with different mental health disorders but especially in patients suffering from eating disorders. In 1997, he obtained his PhD with a thesis entitled” Body experience in eating disorders “. Besides his clinical work, he is academic coordinator of the department physical therapy at the University Psychiatric Center-KU Leuven, Belgium.

Since 1995, he is part time connected at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences where he is currently part time full professor. He is Head of the research group adapted physical activity and psychomotor rehabilitation (APA-PMT) and coordinator of the physiotherapy studies “Rehabilitation Sciences in Mental Health Care, KU Leuven, Belgium.

In 2006, he founded an organization for physiotherapy in mental health, later named “International Organization of Physical therapy in Mental Health (IOPTMH)”. He is the elected president of this international organization, which represents 20 member countries. The organization is recognized as official subgroup by the World Confederation of Physical Therapy.

The IOPTMH organizes each two year a conference. The next conference will be held in Reykjavik (Iceland) in 10-12 April 2018. See;

He has published more than 200 articles on physical therapy in mental health, psychomotor therapy and eating disorders in ten different languages. He gave more than 200 lectures and workshops abroad. His research interests are mainly body image, human activity and movement in mental health.

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