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6th Key Note Speaker Announced – 4th Horatio European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing “Working in Partnership” – Malta – 11th – 14th May, 2017

The organisational committee of the 4th Horatio European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing is proud to announce the 6th Key Note speaker. Dr. Matt Muijen (MD phD)

Dr. Muijen is a consultant in international mental health, continuing to support WHO activities, and policy adviser to the Mental Health Foundation Denmark. Until January 2017, he was the Programme Manager for Mental Health at the WHO Regional Office for Europe. responsible for planning and coordinating mental health policies and strategies, research, dissemination and implementation in the Region, supporting the development of integrated and Dr. Matt Muijen based mental health services in many countries. He was responsible for the drafting of the WHO European Mental Health Action Plan for Europe, approved in September 2013 by the 53 European Member States in Izmir, and the Bucharest Declaration: ‘Better health, better lives: children and young people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

He also worked intensively with many NGOs and professional organizations, aiming to reach consensus and stimulate the agreement on shared positions.

Until April 2004 he was Chief Executive of the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health in London for 12 years, an organisation strongly involved with mental health care reforms in the UK.

His background is a community psychiatrist and epidemiologist, and he trained in Cambridge and the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He is Dutch, and studied Medicine in Amsterdam.

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Maltese Delegates Registration – 4th HORATIO European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing

Maltese Delegates who would like to attend the 4th HORATIO European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing are requested to download the registration form specifically for Maltese Delegates by clicking here. Prices for local delegates has been subsidised by the MAPN.

Please note that the early-bird registration expires Tuesday 28th February.

Delegates who would like to stay at the Dolmen Hotel during the festival with special reduced prices are requested to send an e-mail to or call on 99825731



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.

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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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MAPN’s President end of year message

new-yearAs the end of the year is approaching, I glance at what happened in the last year with regards to the Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nursing (MAPN).
For its 10 year anniversary, in May 2016, MAPN organized the “Stock Taking” conference, where a number of professionals in the mental health field presented research carried out by themselves. This was a unique experience not only for nurses but also for all professionals working in mental health, as an opportunity to present their studies to fellow colleagues and interested clinicians.
Following this conference there was the council elections, where I was elected as president, while other members took other significant roles in the council.
During the last 6 months, we members of the council met several times to discuss the way forward in terms of the association and the current and future situation of the mental health nursing on the island. We had meetings with various stakeholders, including the nursing management, the CEO of Mount Carmel Hospital, the mental health commissioner, the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses and the Minister for Health, where we discussed the needs of mental health nursing in Malta, with specific focus on the development of the profession and amelioration of psychiatric mental health nursing roles, with the main aim of improving the mental health service delivery.
On the 10th of October, MAPN joined the Alliance 4 Mental Health, where a position paper was presented, with specific recommendations on how mental health in Malta can be restructured to become at par with other optimal mental health services in Europe.
MAPN, also took part in the Science in the City event, where we aimed to attract students to the mental health nursing profession. In this regard, we are also in constant dialogue with the Faculty of Mental Health, as we feel that together can make a significant impact on the recruitment of future psychiatric mental health nurses in Malta.
2017 is going to be a very important year for MAPN. In the beginning of the year, the first document about the roles and standards of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses in Malta will be published. This is going to be a very important document, not only for MAPN, but also to every nurse who works in Mental Health in Malta, as this is going to serve as a guide to improve the standards of care delivery in mental health nursing in Malta.
This year, MAPN will once again host the most attended festival of psychiatric mental health nursing in Europe. Due to the attractions of the island, and previous successful organization, it will be the third time that the Horatio Festival will take place in Malta! This festival does not need any introduction, and is usually frequented and presented by top names in the mental health field, with names like Phil Barker, Richard Gray and Shirley Smoyak as part of the repertoire.  This year the theme of the festival is going to be “Working in Partnership”, where we are inviting key speakers from other disciplines like social work, occupational therapy and physiotherapy to take part in this unique event. Once again, MAPN will be at the forefront of this festival, and will do our utmost to make this year a successful one again.
Finally, I would like to thank you for being part of MAPN. MAPN is about the psychiatric mental health nursing profession, and is there to empower all those nurses who have their profession at heart. As a side note, I would also like to congratulate the newly qualified psychiatric nurses, namely Caroline, Miriam and Kieth, and wish them a fulfilling and successful career.
On behalf of the MAPN council, I would like to wish you a prosperous new year, filled with love, joy, warmth and laughter.
Pierre Galea
President – Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses

2nd Key Note Speaker Announced – 4th Horatio European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing “Working in Partnership” – Malta – 11th – 14th May, 2017

The second announced Key Note Speaker for the HORATIO Festival is Ms. Stephanie Saenger from the Netherlands.

 Stephanie Saenger is an occupational therapists in mental health. She founded 3 Occupational Therapy (OT) departments in psychiatric hospitals and developed and implemented effective OT-programs for acute, mid-term, day care and outpatient units in mental health.stephaniesaenger

 Since her graduation in 1978 she has been an active volunteer for the Dutch Association for Occupational therapy (EN) and represents EN in many committees and governmental advisory boards on health and education. She was for many years board member of EN, was co-author of the first professional profile of occupational therapy and in 2014 honoured with the Astrid Kinébanian award.

 Since 2000 she has been involved in the Council of Occupational Therapy for the European Countries (COTEC) as delegate of the Netherlands. She was board member of the European Network for Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE) and member of the TUNING working group. She is co-author of the COTEC Guidelines for an Ethical Code and the Ethical Code for OT in the Netherlands.

 In 2013 Stephanie Saenger was elected as president of COTEC. COTEC is the European organization for all Occupational Therapists through their National Associations, with the purpose of ensuring an adequate number of high quality occupational therapy practitioners and services in Europe.

COTEC is a non-profit organisation and represents 30 European Occupational Therapy Associations and more than 120,000 Occupational Therapists.

As president of COTEC Stephanie strives to make the profession Occupational Therapy recognised, visible, valued and accessible for all citizens in Europe and to have one strong voice for OT in Europe.

She finds cooperation with other organisations and client groups is essential as she is convinced that only respect for each others (professional) skills and organising people centered, coordinated and integrated care can provide the best health- and social services – for citizens.

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Extended Date Call for Abstracts – 4th European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing

Despite the numerous abstracts received from all parts of the world, the scientific committee of the 4th European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing chaired by  Prof. Michael Löhr, took the decision to extend the abstract submission date till Friday 20th January 2017.

Abstract forms can be downloaded directly by clicking on the below links.

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Abstract Submission HORATIO Festival 2017 (Word)

Abstract Submission HORATIO Festival 2017 (PDF)

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

The first announced Key Note Speaker for the HORATIO Festival is Dr. Tor Levin Hofgaard from Oslo, Norway.

Since 2007 Dr. Hofgaard has been the elected full time president of the Norwegian Psychological Association (presently in the 3rd term, from 2013-16). The association represents all authorised psychologists in Norway, and have over 9000 members.tor-levin-hofgaard

As president Dr. Hofgaard is responsible for advocacy, strategy, operational tactics, media exposure, and for anchoring policy and strategy in the membership of the association. In this work he uses behavioural science based approaches to reach the defined goals.

Dr. Hofgaard was vice-president of the international union for psychological science (IUPsyS) from 2012-2016. After reaching the term limit in 2016 he was elected to continue in the IUPsyS EC. The Union represents over 80 psychology associations around the world, and the organization is the global voice of psychology. He is also in the  Executive Council of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA), which represents 36 member associations in Europe.

He is chair of the board for The Norwegian Council for Mental Health (NCMHL) which is a humanitarian organization that includes the majority of Norwegian institutions and organizations involved in the field of mental health, promoting the science and information in mental health in Norway. Also a board member of the largest Federation of unions for academics in Norway “The Federation of Norwegian Professional Associations”, which represents the majority of the academically based professions in Norway.

Graduated from the University of Oslo, Norway he specialised in clinical work with adults and also have a university education in political science.

In his clinical work Dr. Hofgaard has been working with long term severe drug addiction and with early intervention for psychosis, both in acute wards and in outpatient clinics.

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MAPN Membership Campaign 2017

As you might know the Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses (MAPN) is 10 become-a-member-mapnyears old! Throughout the years the MAPN has established itself as one of the main stakeholders in local Mental Health; at European level, the MAPN is co-founder of the European Psychiatric Nurses Association (HORATIO) and has been recognized as an important contributor in the movement for improved recognition for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses. In fact for the 3rd time, the MAPN will be hosting the European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing which will be held at the Dolmen Hotel between Thursday 11th and Sunday 14th May 2017.

Throughout the last months the newly elected MAPN council has been discussing various aspects of MAPN membership. A very important development will be that any health or social professional who would like to join the MAPN can do so by becoming an associate member.  There will also be a slight increase in the standard and students yearly fee. This minor increase should reflect and contribute towards the increased expenses that our growing association is facing. We tried to keep this increase as minimal as possible; hence the increase is just €2 per year. Members will also have the option to pay a 10 year or a lifetime MAPN membership. The revised fees as agreed by the MAPN council are the following:

Type of membership:

Standard                                 €15

Associate                                €20

Student                                   €10

10 Year membership         €140

Lifetime membership         €300

Those members who will opt to pay their membership via the direct payment from MCH wage will no longer have €1 (one euro) deducted from their wage throughout the year, instead €7.50 (seven euro fifty) every 6 months will be deducted. Members who have this option already in place will be asked to sign a declaration saying that they agree with this slight increase in annual fee and subsequently the salaries section will be notified. Upon renewing the membership you will receive a membership card, plus a 16gb USB pen drive with MAPN logo as a gift. This system will allow us to have all memberships renewed every January. In the coming weeks MAPN council members will be starting an exercise to collect signatures and members will also be asked to review their contact details in order to have an improved members’ database.

By becoming a member you will be helping the association to keep with the growing momentum and ascertain us as the voice for Maltese Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurses. Also, by becoming a member you will benefit from various discounts in events organized by the MAPN together with promotions, newsletters and any other material in connection with the MAPN.

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