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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).

Interventions in Mental Health – 8th & 9th November 2018

The Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses (MAPN) is organising the annual conference entitled ‘Interventions in Mental Health’.

This 2-day conference, will address evidence based interventions, which are part of the repertoire of tools used by Mental Health professionals in their daily practice.

The sessions will be delivered by local and foreign professionals who work in the field and have experience and expertise in the particular topic they will be presenting. This will be an interesting opportunity and a conference not to be missed if you would like to develop and enhance your knowledge and experience on these interventions in Mental Health.

The event will be held at the historic Razett l-Antik in Qormi.

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

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


Provisional Programme

Registration Form

Poster Interv

End of year Message

Dear colleague,

2017 was quite remarkable and eventful for the Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses and I do feel a sense of satisfaction when thinking about the right words to give my farewell.

2017 will be remembered as a crucial year in the history of the psychiatric nursing profession in Malta, as in April 2017, the MAPN published and launched a very important document for Maltese Psychiatric Nurses, the Standards. The standards give a sense of pride not only to the association but also to every nurse who works in mental health. They represent a collective effort in their compilation and publishing, and give a snapshot of the role, and also guidance and direction for nurses who work and have interest in mental health. 2018

Following that, the MAPN held and organized the most attended festival of psychiatric nursing in Europe. This was the third time that the Horatio Festival was held in Malta, and all those who attended can vouch that it was another success. This year we have seen a number of renowned and distinguished international speakers including Jon Allen, Profs. Michel Probst, Dr Levin Hofgaard and the familiar and Maltese loving Profs. Shirley Smoyak.

The MAPN also participated in the conference organized by the People and Standards Division and the Employee Support programme and collaborated with the Practice Development Unit in the deliverance of training and seminars with a mental health theme and the #stopstigma campaign launched by the Department of Mental Health at the University of Malta.

This year was also marked by certain issues in the MHS which as MAPN, we felt we should give our input. This is not always a straightforward situation. As MAPN we are committed in empowering, promoting and safeguarding the psychiatric nursing profession but at the same time we cannot act as a trade union. It is in these circumstances that our affiliation with the MUMN comes in. There were times when we notified the MUMN about certain concerns and at other times we made contact with the management directly, with the best interest of our profession at heart.

Next year does not seem to be any easier. We have planned to do a series of sessions about the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Standards, where we will be involving you, as MAPN members in the running of these sessions. Also, we are planning to organize a seminar about nursing interventions in mental health, later on in the year. We will continue to collaborate with the Practice Development Unit in in-house training delivery and continue to meet with the management and other stakeholders to promote and empower the work of the psychiatric mental health nurse.

I would like to conclude by thanking you as MAPN member for your input in the association, and also for the work which you do. Remember that every time you step into your place of work, you will be wearing the role of the PMHN. Be proud of what you do, but also responsible for your actions. Keep in mind that you are making a difference, in someone’s life.

Finally, I would like to give a big hug to my fellow council, whom without them, we would have not achieved all we did during this year, namely, Alexei Sammut (Vice President), Mark Vassallo (Secretary), Roberto Galea (Treasurer), Bernice Gauci (Vice Secretary), Sarah Ebejer (PRO), Julie Stevenson (International Advisor), Maria Sapiano, Kevin Gafa and Damian Gouder (General Committee Members). We truly make a great team!

On behalf of all the MAPN council, I wish you and your loved ones a lovely Christmas, and a prosperous 2018.

Pierre Galea
MAPN – President

Finalised Programme – 4th HORATIO European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing

We are pleased to announce that the finalised programme of the 4th HORATIO European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing (Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th May 2017) is available for download

Download – Finalised Programme 4th HORATIO Festival 2017front Page Programme

Maltese Delegates can register for the HORATIO Festival by clicking here to download registration form

Further info please e-mail:

(Please note that programme is subject to last minute changes).

Activities related to the 4th HORATIO European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing

The 4th Horatio European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing is not only a scientific event with over 100 papers to be presented during the 4 day event. The festival offers a full array of cultural and fun activities including:

Art exhibition  – Four artists will be displaying their work throughout the 4 day event. Exhibits include paintings, photographs and statutes.

Free Music Night – On Friday 12th May a free music night with Gianni’s Band – RUG will entertain the delegates at Fat Harry’s Pub (Bugibba) for a night which will surely be remembered.

Silent Auction –   As in the past the Festival will have a silent auction. For those of you not familiar with this concept it works like this:-

  • Delegates donate items of interest (these can be books, clothing, photographs, art works, memorabilia etc.) which they hand to Festival organisers at registration
  • The items are all placed in a room and on display throughout the whole of the event
  • In front of each item there will be a bidding form
  • To bid for an item, delegates write their name and the amount they wish to bid on the form
  • On Sunday 14th May, the final and highest bid, will be the person who wins the item
  • All proceeds from the silent auction will go to a charity organisation of MAPNs’ choice

So, bring something along to the event, small or large it doesn’t matter! In the past we have had everything from expensive pens, psychiatric nursing textbooks, jewellery and organisational branded items.

If you require further information about any of the mentioned events please contact the organising team of the Festival on or

Gianni PosterPoster Art Exhibition Horatio