Professor Karina LOVELL

Introduced by

Professor Patrick Callaghan

JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award 2012: 

Professor Shirley SMOYAK

Introduced by

Professor Peter Nolan

Wednesday June 6th 2012, at City University, London. Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre

What has mental health nursing contributed to Primary Care Mental Health? –  Karina Lovell

Abstract: Mental health is a worldwide concern; no other health condition matches mental illness in the combined extent of prevalence, persistence and breadth of impact.  Mental health nursing has predominantly been rooted in secondary care settings and it is only relatively recently that mental health nursing practice, education, and research has focused on common mental health problems.  Depression and anxiety lead to significant social, personal and economic costs to both the individual and society. Depression is set to become the 2nd largest cause of disease burden by 2020. In the UK the total economic burden associated with depression and anxiety in terms of lost productivity is around £17 billion or 1.5% of the gross domestic product each year.  More recently the notably poorer outcomes of people with long term conditions (diabetes, coronary heart disease ) with coexisting depression has led to the development of psychological interventions which attempt to overcome the mind/body dualism that is so apparent in the way services are delivered. In addition to this there has been a national drive to increase access to psychological therapies in the UK thorough IAPT. Mental health nurses have been at the forefront of developing brief psychological interventions using innovative delivery modes for depression and anxiety in primary care mental health including guided self help and telephone delivered CBT.  

The lecture focused on telephone delivered CBT (TCBT), the development and leadership the field in the UK in delivering psychological interventions by telephone. The telephone has the ability to overcome many of the social, physical and economic barriers which prevent access to mental health services, and is increasingly being used as a means to support treatment delivery. Professor Lovell reported on the systematic reviews, qualitative work and a number of trials evaluating telephone delivered CBT with both mental health specific disorders and long term conditions with and without depression. The rationale for TCBT, current research, application and implementation into current practice was discussed.

Maressa Ness presented Professor Lovell with her plaque

Professor Dawn Freshwater (JPMHN Editor) presented Shirley with her commemorative plaque

Among the guests: Ben Thomas, Chris Allen, Anne Jackson, Alan Simpson, Cheryl Kipping, Mark Hadad.

Professor Peter Nolan introducing Professor Shirley Smoyak

Images from the evening (photos courtesy of Russell Ashmore)