This years Skellern lecture has been postponed and will now take place in June 2022. The event is likely to be held at the Cassel hospital, as was planned for 2021 but this will be confirmed closer to the time. Gary Winship, who was appointed as Skellern Lecturer in 2021, will retain this title in 2022.
The Skellern lecture is a prestige annual event, often described as the Reith Lecture for Mental Health Nurses. It was established in 1980 in order to remember the contribution of Eileen Skellern who was an influential figure in shaping the modern profession of MHN nursing in the UK. Previous Skellern lecturers have included esteemed colleagues like Professor Annie Altschul, Baroness Caroline Cox among others, and there have also been two previous University of Nottingham laureates, Julie Repper (2006) and Patrick Callaghan (2011). In 2021 Gary was one of 4 shortlisted candidates who submitted lecture proposals to the panel. The panel consists of senior academic colleagues, former Skellern lecturers, Wiley/Blackwell Lifetime Award recipients, representatives from NHS MH Trusts, Mental Health Nurse Academics UK and board members for the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. The panel includes people like Professor Tony Butterworth, and Professor Hugh Mckenna, and international colleagues including Professor Shirley Smoyak (USA), Professor Cheryl Forchuk (Canada).
Gary commented “I am exceedingly honoured and humbled to be bestowed with this award. I would like to congratulate the other candidates on being shortlisted, Dr Celeste Foster (senior lecturer in adolescent mental health at the University of Salford), Dr Judith Graham (,Queens Nurse RNMH, Director for Psychological Professionals at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust) and Dr Anthony O’Brien (Associate Professor, University of Waikato, NZ). All of their proposed lecture synopses (which you can read the at www.skellern.info) would have merited appointment. MHNs and allied front-line professionals are working under extreme duress, and my lecture will draw attention to those who are working in the eye of the COVID storm, saving lives and bearing witness”.