Drysdale Lecture Theatre,  June 12th 2013, at City University, London.

JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award: Malcolm Rae, OBE, FRCN

Malcolm was introduced by Shirley Smoyak who made the journey from the USA to hand on the baton of the JPMHN lifetime achievement award. Malcolm’s address to colleagues, friends and family, was sparkling.  A poignant and inspiring speech, reflecting on not only what was, but also what might become.  He offered a range of thought provoking ideas as to how aspiring leaders might learn from his experience.  He acknowledged the range of people who have influenced him along the way.  At the end Malcolm was given a standing ovation, and the applause lasted several minutes.  Professor Dawn Freshwater presented Malcolm with his commemorative plaque.

Introducing Student Rep DANIEL CULLEN:  “I am about to complete the PGDip in Mental Health Nursing at King's College London. I am due to qualify with Distinction. Previously, I gained a First Class Honours degree in English from the University of Sussex and a Master's degree in Critical Methodologies from King's College London. For the last two years, I have been in receipt of the Margaret Parkinson Scholarship for graduate entry nurses, and I recently participated in the Prime Minister's NCQ Forum, at the invitation of Catherine Gamble.  Employment wise, I previously worked as a Support Worker in an emergency housing facility, and as a Learning Support Worker at a college of higher education where I worked with adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities.”

Alan was introduced by Karina Lovell. His lecture was delivered with great verve, passion and vitality.  It was an absorbing and thought provoking talk, that took us to the very heart of some of the most crucial developments in the field of mental health and mental health nursing.    

Photographs by Russell Ashmore

Peers, professionals and politics: mental health nursing in an age of austerity

Skellern Lecturer 2013:

Professor Alan Simpson