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24th International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference 2018

Place, Purpose and Politics: Re-imagining Mental Health Care

13 Sep 2018 10:00 - 14 Sep 18:00

Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP

CPD hours: 14

The International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference 2018 continues its vision for transformed mental health care in support of stronger policy, systems and shared purpose.

 Mental health nursing has a long history of such transformation and diversification and our conference themes reflect the widening of the agenda that characterises how we deliver mental health care in different places, how we continually question our purpose and our increasing political support for a more robust mental health policy and system. 

We look forward to welcoming clinicians, educators, scientists, researchers and service-users to Manchester to advance our understanding and knowledge and promote our continued inquiry, collaboration and partnership.  

Follow the event on Twitter! @MHNRconf #MHNR2018


Museum of Science and Industry
Liverpool Road
M3 4FP

Confirmed so far …

Eleanor Longden

Eleanor Longden, Research Psychologist / TED Speaker
Eleanor Longden overcame her diagnosis of schizophrenia to earn a master’s in psychology and demonstrate that the voices in her head were “a sane reaction to insane circumstances.”

Robin Murray

Professor Sir Robin Murray

Robin Murray is a psychiatrist concerned with finding the causes of psychosis, and improving its treatment. His work challenged the prevailing view of schizophrenia as an adult-onset brain disease, instead demonstrating that it is in part a neurodevelopmental disorder fuelled by insults to the brain during early life.

Professor Sonia Johnson, Director, Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry, UCL
Sonia is part of the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit at UCL. 

Jonathan Gadsby, Teaching and Research Fellow for Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Nursing

Presentation title: A journey to university: the three curricula of mental health nursing and our future as intra-disciplinary activists

Jonathan Gadsby is a mental health nurse and academic, and teaches mental health nurses, social workers and psychiatrists about the contested nature of concepts of mental health. For several years he has been the editor of the Critical Mental Health Nurses’ Network website. His PhD was about the politics of voice hearing, and in many way it is the Hearing Voices Movement and other Survivor Movements that have shaped him most.  

 Alan Simpson  


MHNAUK Lecturer: Professor Alan Simpson, Mental Health Nurse Researcher, City University London

Presentation Title: Place, purpose and politics: The final farewell tour for mental health nursing?

Alan is a mental health nurse researcher with a special interest in the involvement of and collaboration with service users and carers in mental health practice, education and research. He joined City University London as a Research Fellow in 2001 and previously worked in the NHS in Sussex and Somerset and at the Universities of Sussex and Brighton and St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London.





RCN Member / Presenter (until 31 July 2018) / International Delegate - £250  +VAT

Non Member - £370 +VAT

RCN Student/ Student Presenter - £150 +VAT

Service User - £150 +VAT
*VAT is charged at 20% 

*Group discount of 10% when 3 or more people book together. Individual rates apply as above. 

Make the most of your time at the conference by attending the social event and networking with your peers. 

You’ll start your evening in the Power Hall for a prosecco drink reception with canapés, home to one of the world’s largest locomotive and team mill engine collections. 
Then you’ll sit down to dinner in the Revolution Manchester Gallery, providing an overview of Manchester’s rich industrial and scientific heritage with sections dedicated to Transport Revolutions, Computer Age, Engineering, Energy, Cottonopolis and Structure of Matter. 

Price £35 + VAT 

There will be a bar open throughout the evening. 

To book your place, contact the RCN Event Registrations team

Rebecca Hoole, Conference and Events Organiser

Ways to book

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Our programme reflects how we are working in a sector under pressure, demanding political support to deliver equal and fair treatment for people with mental health problems, along with promoting the wellbeing of staff in varying settings during these challenging times.

Our themes encourage critical discussion of these issues, the places where mental health nurses practice, their purpose and the changing political landscape of mental health nursing research and education.

We invite all those who share our dedication and enthusiasm for better mental health care to join us this coming autumn for two days of inquiry and discussion in the home of scientific inquiry in the North, the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.

1. Read the guidelines 
2. Check the criteria 

Call for abstracts has now closed. Full programme to be announced soon. 

Communication regarding your abstract will be made by the end of May 2018.