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23rd International Mental Health Nursing Research (MHNR) Conference 2017

Imagination, Invention and Inquiry: New Ideas for Mental Health Care

14 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep

Cardiff City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3ND

RCN Members: £264 (+VAT)

CPD hours: 16

The International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference is the Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference re-imagined and reinvented.

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 Join us this coming autumn for two days of collegial inquiry, discussion and debate in the capital city of Wales. The themes for our 23rd meeting reflect our change of identity and we look forward to celebrating the evidence, creativity and innovation which characterise our field. 
We meet at a time of challenge and change. More than ever, those who work in, lead and research mental health services need inquiring minds, ready access to knowledge, and strong collaborations to get things done. Working to promote mental health and to prevent mental illness demands imagination, innovation and partnership. With resources scarce, meeting the needs of people living with mental health difficulties places a premium on creativity, resourcefulness and invention.

The MHNR conference will continue the NPNR’s tradition of being a welcoming, friendly, place for speakers and delegates. Our conference will remain the premier place for mental health nurses, and the people we work with, to spend time together talking, listening and learning.

How can I book a place?

The easiest way to book is by calling our registrations team on:

02920 546460

You can also download a booking form and send to

We regret that we are unable to take any online bookings at present.

Key times:

8.30 - 9.45am Registration
9.45 - 6pm Conference

8.45 - 9.15am Registration
9.15am - 4pm Conference

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Cardiff City Hall
Cathays Park
CF10 3ND

Cardiff City Hall

Cardiff is one of Europe’s fastest growing capital cities offering a vibrant and diverse mix of activities, attractions and events. In recognition of its strong regional identity and cultural excellence, it was awarded the accolade of Centre of Culture by the UK government in 2003. City Hall stands in the heart of Cardiff. It is the centrepiece of one of the world’s finest civic centres, an area of impressive buildings, landscaped gardens and broad tree-lined avenues.

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Abstract submissions have now closed.

Full programme to be announced soon.

Presenters must return the acceptance form by 31 July 2017.

Presenter Acceptance Form 

Poster Guidelines 

Keynote speakers confirmed so far:

Dr Philip Cooper

Trustee Secretary, State of Mind with Danny Sculthorpe, Trustee, State of Mind and Ex-England and Super League Rugby Player and Jimmy Gittins, Trustee, State of Mind and Ex-Rugby League Player

Phil is a Nurse Consultant in Dual Diagnosis at 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and developed the ‘Feel Good, Play Better, Live Well’ education and awareness session with the support of his colleague Carol Ede. Dr Phil Cooper was a co-Founder of State of Mind. Phil is an award winning and widely published mental health nurse who has piloted a number of clinical and service innovations. He has devised and implemented successful training programmes in the area of substance misuse, mental wellbeing and resilience for Rugby League players, students and communities. In 2012 he was awarded the Royal College of Nursing’s Nursing Standard Mental Health Award for his work with ‘State of Mind Rugby’ and in 2013 a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards. Phil has delivered the player awareness presentation to all Super League Clubs, Championship Clubs and now with community clubs – helping players to identify how they can improve their mental fitness and encouraging them to ask for help if they need it.

Professor Joy Duxbury

Professor in Mental Health Nursing, University of Central Lancashire

Joy is Professor in Mental Health Nursing. She is research active in the area of mental health and wellbeing and leads the Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing within the School of Health, UCLAN. She has a background in forensic and acute inpatient mental health care. Joy has conducted extensive research into staff and patients perspectives on aspects of risk and safety with a specific focus upon aggression, coercive practices and medication management. Her work and publications reflect her interest in applied social justice.

Prof Gary O'Reilly 

Senior Lecturer/ Director, Doctoral Training Programme in Clinical Psychology, University College Dublin

Gary O’ Reilly is Professor/Director of the Doctoral Training Programme in Clinical Psychology at University College Dublin and has a part time appointment as a Principal Clinical Psychologist at the Children's University Hospital, Temple St. He is both a practicing clinician and an academic researcher. In recent years a significant focus of his work is the development and evaluation of child friendly Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) interventions for young people delivered through a computer game and App called "Pesky Gnats". Please visit us at for more details

Dr Jay Watts

Clinical Psychologist/ Psychotherapist, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Jay Watts is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist working from Systemic and Lacanian orientations. She is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, as well as being in full time private practice. Jay has held a number of senior academic and NHS posts, including leading Early Intervention in Psychosis and Integrative Psychotherapy Teams, heading research for a NHS trust, and developing teaching modules as Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at City University. She is on the editorial board of the European Journal for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Self & Society. Jay is Foreign Correspondent for Robert Whitaker’s activist collective Mad in America, and devotes increasing amounts of time to mental health activism. She writes regularly for journals and the broadsheets, and spends a frankly unhealthy amount of time tweeting as @Shrink_at_Large.

MHNAUK Lectures by:

Dr Michael Coffey

Risk, discourse and identity work: how mental health nurses can do something to help
Associate Professor, Swansea University

Michael Coffey specialises in research on the delivery and organisation of community mental health care with a specific interest in exploring multiple perspectives. He has published research on worker and service users’ experiences of care for hearing voices and forensic psychiatric aftercare. He is currently exploring recovery oriented care planning in community mental health.

Prof Paul French

Promoting recovery: the art and the science of research in psychosis
Associate Director, Greater Manchester West NHS Mental Health Trust

Paul French is currently the Clinical Lead for Early Intervention in Psychosis services across Greater Manchester, Mental Health Clinical Lead for Greater Manchester and East Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network, NHSE North Clinical Lead for Early Intervention in Psychosis for the North West and Honorary Professor at Liverpool University. His research interests are on the development of novel interventions for people with psychosis and preventative interventions for young people with emerging mental health conditions. He continues to look for ways to embed research into practice and ensure that services deliver evidence based interventions.

Bookings will open April 2017.

RCN member or International

Non RCN member

       Service User

Delegate rate

£264 (+VAT)

£388 (+VAT)

£159 (+VAT)

Presenter rate (until 31 July 2017)

£225 (+VAT)

£330 (+VAT)


Conference Dinner

£30 (+VAT)

*All prices are exclusive of VAT which will be charged at 20%

*Presenter rate will be available in June and July 2017 only. Only one presenter and one co-presenter per abstract are eligible for the rate.

Additional discounts on conference fees for RCN members: 

  • nursing student (pre-registration only)/ associate retired/ HCA / AP: 40% discount
  • accredited RCN rep: 25% discount
  • RCN credit card: £15 discount
  • groups of 3 or more: 10% discount when booked together

*only one discount can be used for each booking

*discounts do not apply to the dinner 

Students in Partnership
To help pre-registration nursing students gain experience of presenting professional nursing knowledge, the RCN is offering two discretionary funded places at this conference to eligible students who submit an abstract which is accept for presentation. Each student will be supported to attend on the day they are presenting. Please enquire for more information. 

If you are looking to source accommodation for the duration of the event you may find this useful:

Closest hotels to Cardiff City Hall:

Jurys Inn Cardiff
Park Plaza Cardiff
Hilton Cardiff
Premier Inn Cardiff City Centre
Travelodge Queen St
Marriot Cardiff
Radisson Blu Cardiff

*Please note there will be a pre-conference meet up on Wednesday 13th September to encourage peer networking. Location to be announced closer to the event. 

Cardiff's City Hall is located in the heart of the city, within walking distance of a large variety of hotels, a superb shopping centre, Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium and the National Museum and Gallery of Wales.

Cardiff International Airport is 19km (12 miles) away and Cardiff Heliport is 6km (4 miles) across the city. Cardiff's central train and bus stations are just a few minutes' walk from City Hall.

With only 2 hours travelling time from London or Birmingham, Cardiff is easily accessible.