Welcome to the International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference 2020

Welcome to the International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference 2020, which in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife happened online as part of #mhTV through a collaboration between Unite/Mental Health Nurses Association, WeMHNurses, Mental Health Nurse Academics UK, and the Centre for Coproduction in Mental Health and Social Care in the Middlesex University School of Health and Education.

As we were not able to meet in person, for #MHNR2020 we instead hosted a series of live, interactive, free-to-watch evening panel discussions. These ran between Tuesday 15th September and Friday 25th September 2020 and involved mental health nurses and others who had submitted abstracts to the conference. The panel discussions were supplemented by presentations from contributors, and both these and the recordings of each panel discussion remain available to watch. We have provided links to these online materials in the summaries below. Information on how to view or listen to all conference recordings, via a variety of social media platforms, is included in our Book of Abstracts, the interim version of which can be viewed here.


Episode 1
Date: 15th September 2020
Time: 19:00-20:00 BST
Theme:
Community mental health care
Speakers: Sarah Amani, Nick Weaver and Elissa Thompson

The recording of this panel discussion can be viewed here.

Sarah Amani: Mental health interventions delivered through digital technology
Nurses are increasingly leading initiatives involving multiple organisations and institutions to develop and evaluate digital health solutions. Sarah talks about the implications of digitally enhanced clinical services for the role of nurses.
Sarah’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Elissa Thompson: Current evidence and care provision for adult patients presenting with autistic experience and a background of complex trauma: a scoping review
Elissa talks about her review of literature and current policy and practice for people presenting with difficulties associated with the autistic experience and a background of complex trauma.
Elissa’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here. Elissa has also produced this poster summarising her scoping review.

Nick Weaver: Experiences of care continuity and recovery for people at the interface of primary and secondary mental health care in Wales: a thematic discourse analytic approach
Nick discusses a study which aimed to investigate experiences of care continuity and recovery for people at the interface of primary and secondary mental healthcare in Wales.
Nick’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.


Episode 2
Date: 16th September 2020
Time: 19:00-20:00 BST
Theme:
Physical interventions
Speakers: Michael Nash, Steve Hemingway and Jacquie White

The recording of this panel discussion can be viewed here.

Michael Nash (co-author: Alonso Pérez Toribio): Exploring Spanish mental health nurses’ experiences of mechanical restraint
Mechanical restraint involves restraining a service user to a bed using a waist belt, anklets and wristlets. Michael discusses a study exploring Spanish nurses’ experiences of this highly controversial method of managing acute behavioural disturbance.
Michael’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Jacquie White (co-authors: Steve Hemingway and Steve Lui):  A systematic review of skin to muscle depth for successful intramuscular injections in an increasingly obese population
Intramuscular injection practice is an essential nursing skill. Jacquie talks about a study which systematically reviewed the skin-to-muscle depth required to achieve injection into muscle in adults, and which set out to identify any implications of obesity status when selecting an appropriate needle length and site in clinical practice.
Jacquie’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.


Episode 3
Date: 17th September 2020
Time: 18:30-19:00 BST
Theme:
History
Speaker: Russell Ashmore

The recording of this discussion can be viewed here.

Russell Ashmore: The International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference: a history
The inaugural Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research (NPNR) conference took place at St Catherine’s College, Oxford on Tuesday 17th September 1996.  Whilst the network itself and the conference’s original name have now been consigned to the history books, the event (now known as the International Mental Health Nursing Research [MHNR] Conference) celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this year (2020).  Although a brief, sometimes inconsistent, account of the network’s formation has been documented (Ward and Reed, 1997; Ward, 2000), only oral (sometimes inaccurate) accounts exist of the conference’s history.  In this discussion Russell redresses this deficit.


Episode 4
Date: 17th September 2020
Time: 19:30-20:30 BST
Theme:
Children and young people
Speakers: Michael Nash, Beth Cumber, Rachel Bullock and Ann Cox

The recording of this panel discussion can be viewed here.

Michael Nash (co-author: José Manuel Granada López): Mental health awareness and training needs of Irish primary school teachers
Michael discusses findings from a cross-sectional study into the mental health awareness and associated training needs of primary school teachers in Ireland.
Michael’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Beth Cumber: Childhood adversity and psychosis
Beth talks about her synthesis of the literature investigating children’s psychotic symptoms and experience of adversity, and the need for early intervention.
Beth’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Rachel Bullock and Ann Cox: Transformation of ADHD management in alignment with primary care
Rachel and Ann discuss the transformation of care within child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), drawing on local experiences of progressing a service by challenging existing practice and leading change.
Rachel and Ann’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.


Episode 5
Date: 18th September 2020
Time: 19:00-20:00 BST
Theme:
Creative approaches
Speakers: Mark Pearson, Robert Griffiths, Lisa Reynolds, Sheila Grandison, Julie Attenborough and Jennifer Darling

The recording of this panel discussion can be viewed here.

Mark Pearson (co-authors: Stefan Rennick Egglestone and Gary Winship): The therapeutic potential of poetry for those who have experienced psychosis
Mark talks about a conceptual review exploring the relationship between poetry and psychosis, based on a synthesis of existing literature.
Mark’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Robert Griffiths: Nothing is as practical as a good theory: using the principles of Perceptual Control Theory (PCT) to inform mental health nursing practice
Robert discusses the principles of PCT, and outlines the implications of conceptualising health as the ability to maintain effective control, and considers how PCT might inform mental health nursing practice.
Rob’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Lisa Reynolds (co-authors: Sheila Grandison and Julie Attenborough): Using visual art to promote positive attitudes towards mental illness in adult nursing students
Lisa talks about an art therapy workshop for adult nursing students co-designed, delivered and evaluated in partnership with mental health service users with the aim of assessing the impact of the workshop on attitudes to mental illness.
Lisa, Sheila and Julie’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Jennifer Darling (co-authors: Alan Barrett and David Roberts): Virtual reality to support people affected by the Manchester Arena attack
Virtual reality (VR) has been used in various settings for people with mental health problems, particularly those with anxiety-based disorders. Jenny discusses a service evaluation of using VR to support those involved in the Manchester Arena attack that occurred on 22nd May 2017.
Jennifer’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.


Episode 6 (part 1)
Date: 21st September 2020
Time: 18:30-19:30 BST
Theme:
Advancing practice
Speakers: Jane McKeown, Carrie-Ann Black and Stephen McKenna Lawson

The recording of this panel discussion can be viewed here.

Stephen McKenna Lawson: How we say what we do (and why it is important): an idiosyncratic analysis of mental health nursing identity
Stephen revisits, reflects and expands on an autoethnography of mental health nursing identity, with the aim of provoking debate within a community of peers on the many aspects of our role.
Stephen’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Jane McKeown and Carrie-Ann Black (co-authors: Louise McCarthy, Claire Armitage, Nicola Armstrong, Anita Green, Victoria Sharman, Valentina Short and Alison Welfare-Wilson): Developing mental health nurse research leadership through the 70@70 senior nurse and midwife leaders programme
Jane and Carrie-Ann discuss the innovative 70@70 programme and the nine mental health nursing participants, providing an overview on progress made, aspirations for the three year fellowship and how the success of the fellows and the programme will be evaluated.
Jane and Carrie-Ann’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.


Episode 6 (part 2)
Date: 21st September 2020
Time: 20:00-21:00 BST
Theme:
Advancing practice
Speakers: Helen Oldknow, Kevin Williamson and Steve Hemingway

The recording of this panel discussion can be viewed here.

Helen Oldknow and Kevin Williamson: Grounded research: embedding research into a UK mental health NHS Trust
Helen and Kevin talk about their work developing research talent within all professional groups, and building research capacity and capability within a single NHS Trust.
Helen and Kevin’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Steve Hemingway (co-authors: Karen Greenbank, Subha Thiyagesh and John Stephenson): A survey evaluation of service user and carer experiences of the advanced nurse practitioner role within a memory assessment team
Steve discusses an evaluation designed to assess service user and carer satisfaction with the advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) role within a memory assessment team.
Steve’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.


Episode 7
Date: 22nd September 2020
Time: 19:00-20:00 BST
Theme:
Education
Speakers: Niki Simbani, Kirsty Beart, Annessa Rebair and Michelle Glascott

The recording of this panel discussion can be viewed here.

Niki Simbani: Involving nursing students in promoting health and wellbeing: an educational assessment strategy in one UK university
Niki discusses how an educational assessment strategy enabled nursing students to explore ways of promoting the wellbeing and mental health of a chosen community.
Niki’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Kirsty Beart: Cultural collaboration
Kirsty talks about the impact of introducing a new collaborative approach to mental health education introduced into a UK university.
Kirsty’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Michelle Glascott and Annessa Rebair: Person-shaped discovery: creating a module with a difference?
Michelle and Annessa discuss the co-production of a non-traditional module in the final year of a nursing degree programme which provided essential space to challenge beliefs and assumptions regarding ‘mental health’ and ‘recovery focused care’.
Michelle and Annessa’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.


Episode 8
Date: 23rd September 2020
Time: 19:00-20:00 BST
Theme: Promoting population mental health
Speakers: Lai Chan, Steve McCarthy-Grunwald, Charlotte Pearce and Peggy Mulongo

The recording of this panel discussion can be viewed here.

Lai Chan: Understanding how academic teaching staff in the United Kingdom cope with current work demands and maintain their mental health wellbeing
Lai talks about a study exploring the types of mental toughness attributes academic teaching staff employ to balance work-related stress and maintain their own mental health wellbeing.
Lai’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Steve McCarthy-Grunwald and Charlotte Pearce: The evolution of the Festival of Mental Health
Steve and Charlotte discuss their work developing an annual ‘Festival of Mental Health’, and how this offers practical advice, guidance and taster sessions on various topics and activities to university students and staff, local healthcare staff, and members of the public.
Steve and Charlotte’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Peggy Mulongo: Resettling into a new home: exploring aspects of acculturation which could enhance the mental health of young refugees resettled under the humanitarian programme
Peggy discusses aspects of acculturation that could enhance the mental health of young refugees several years after they have resettled in Greater Manchester through the humanitarian Gateway Protection Programme.
Peggy’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.


Episode 9
Date: 25th September 2020
Time: 19:00-20:00 BST
Theme: Older people and end of life care
Speakers: Ben Hannigan, Douglas MacInnes and Gwenne McIntosh

The recording of this panel discussion can be viewed here.

Ben Hannigan (co-authors: Deborah Edwards, Sally Anstey, Michael Coffey, Paul Gill, Mala Mann and Alan Meudell): End of life care for people with severe mental illness
Ben Hannigan discusses a systematic review and thematic synthesis of what is known about end of life care for people with severe mental illness.
Ben’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Douglas MacInnes (co-authors: Fiona Houben, Janet Parrott and Jacqueline Tallent): Transitions of older people from secure services
Doug explores the experiences of older adult, mentally ill offenders in order to understand the impact of older age and associated physical, social and mental health needs on the nature and timing of transitions out of secure mental health care.
Doug’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.

Gwenne McIntosh: Male caregivers’ experience of caring for a partner with Alzheimer’s dementia
Gwenne talks about her qualitative study, which set out to identify factors that encourage or inhibit male caregivers’ decisions to access support services.
Gwenne’s pre-panel discussion video presentation can be viewed here.


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