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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 mapsychnurses@gmail.com or call directly on 99825731.

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

Links:

Provisional Programme

Registration Form

 

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 mapsychnurses@gmail.com or call directly on 99825731.

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

Links:

Provisional Programme

Registration Form

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 mapsychnurses@gmail.com or call directly on 99825731.

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

Links:

Provisional Programme

Registration Form

 

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.