June 11th  6-9pm Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham

Evening Schedule - June 11th 2015

5.30: Guests arrival  

Evening Chair  

Professor Patrick Callaghan

6.05pm:  Welcome

6.10pm: Introduction to Skellern Lecture

Professor Joy Duxbury


Professor Ian Norman

7.15pm: Plaque presentation

7.20pm: Refreshments & buffet

8.00pm: In memory presented by Professor Sally Hardy

Introduction to JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Hugh Mckenna


Marion Janner - Marion will be joined by her sister Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner to talk about Marion’s work.

8.50pm: Plaque presentation: Professor Lawrie Elliot

9.00pm: Closing vote of thanks:  Professor Patrick Callaghan

Post Lecture: Guests are invited to the Bar in the National College of School Leadership


JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award  Marion Janner

Professor Ian Norman

The art and science of mental health nursing: reconciled in the interests of recovery oriented practice and public mental health


Patrick Callaghan, Ian Norman, Joy Duxbury, Cath Gamble


Elaine Francis  (student panel rep)

I am a second year Mental Health Nursing student at the University of Greenwich. After a degree in Modern History, a Master's in Librarianship and more than 10 years working in information, knowledge management and mentoring roles, I decided to indulge myself by taking an evening course in counselling skills. This soon extended to two years, I became a Cruse Bereavement Volunteer, and - realising my vocation was mental health nursing - haven't looked back!  My first year has made me appreciate just how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to learn how I can best make a difference to people's lives. I received an Outstanding rating from practice, highly rated academic marks, have helped raise mental health awareness across the University, and as a Care Maker, promoted compassion in practice. I am particularly interested in recovery, therapeutic interpersonal relationships, use of self, loss, and stigma.

Short List Skellern 2015  

Geoff Brennan

Cheryl Kipping

Ian Norman  

Theo Stickley

Steve Williams


JPMHN Lifetime Achievement 2015  

Dawn Freshwater

Marion Janner

Erville Miller

Ted White

Patrick Callaghan, Marion Janner, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner

Deborah Watkins & students from University of Greenwich

Professor Hugh Mckenna introduced Marion - read Hugh’s introduction HERE.

See Geoff Brennan’s montage of the evening


Lawrie Elliot presented Marion with her plaque

For the first time we held an In Memory section during the evening (see a short film here).  Julia Brooking’s daughter received a a posthumous Skellern Lifetime Award Plaque in memory of her mother’s contribution to Mental Health Nursing

Julia Brooking


Dr Julia Irene Brooking (1952-2014) was one of the UK’s leading mental health nursing scholars. Born in Middlesbrough, Julia lived most of an idyllic childhood and rebellious teenage years in Liverpool. She started nursing in the seventies at Cane Hill hospital, Surrey, specialising in mental health before graduating in general nursing at Barts in London. Following her training, Julia worked at a variety of nursing posts in London and also spent six years in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, reaching the rank of Captain. She then took a first in Psychology at North East London Polytechnic and a PhD in Nursing at King’s College, London in 1986, with Professor Jack Hayward. Julia’s university career began in 1982 at King’s College, which was at the time the home of some of the country’s finest nursing lecturers. Although an academic, Julia had a passion for shaping practice and policy. It was no surprise when she was appointed to be Chief Nursing Adviser and Senior Lecturer in Psychiatric Nursing at the world famous Maudsley Hospital and the Institute of Psychiatry. Julia’s achievements in marrying the best evidence to practice cemented her position as one of the country’s foremost mental health nurses. In 1989 Julia assumed the foundation Professorship in Nursing and Head of Department of Nursing Studies at Birmingham University, positions that she held from 1989-1994.  After a two-year break for full-time motherhood following the birth of her daughter, Caroline, Julia returned to academic life as Director of Research at Southampton University from where she retired in 2001 to concentrate on travelling extensively with Caroline, school governorships, service to her local community, and indulging her passion for opera, wine, food, walking and tennis.  Julia’s was an illustrious life; she published widely and served on many nursing and health research panels and committees. She combined professional success with devoted motherhood and a warmth and generosity towards family, friends and colleagues. Her life was hard-earned; leaving school with two “O” Levels she rose to prominence at leading Universities. Charismatic and influential for the most part, Julia had episodes of doubt and fragility. But it was a life of added value; she was energetic, hospitable and had an unceasing love of great company.


Biography by Professor Patrick Callaghan

Professor Joy Duxbury introduced Ian Norman:

It is my pleasure to present to you Professor Ian Norman.  

Interestingly to my knowledge Ian and I have never met (I may regret saying that) but clearly I am familiar with his work and his legacy. I have it on very good authority from my dear friends Professor Wikapedia and Dr Google that Ian has been a very busy person over the last few decades.  He began his educational journey at Exeter School.  He then travelled to middle England where he studied for a BA degree at the University of Keele (1980).  Having found his feet in academia he went onto to study for an MSc at the University of Edinburgh (1986) and later eloped back to England where he gained a PhD from the University of London.  Professionally he is a qualified mental health nurse, a general nurse and learning disability nurse. I reckon a dual qualification is okay but a triple nursing qualification is just plain greedy.  He then went over to the dark side and became a social worker. He maintains his clinical practice through an Honorary appointment as a CBT Psychotherapist within South London & Maudsley NHS Trust.  He is well known as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Nursing Studies, one of the leading academic nursing journals in the world. (Yes I am hoping to have a paper accepted)!  His research has had significant impact globally and Ian has studied a range of important topics including nurse prescribing, cadet schemes, the quality of nursing care and computer-assisted learning for nursing.  His key text the Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing reflects his passion for the profession and for his work.  He has taught and conducted research in Europe, China and Brazil.  The extent of his legacy has ben recognized in a number of ways to date.  Ian was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 2009 and a Fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing in 2012, one of the few Brits to ever receive this honor.  Ian has been Professor of Mental Health at King's College London since 1997, and is now Deputy Dean of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.  Whilst Ian Norman is clearly famous he shares his name with other famous Normans including: Norman Bates, Norman Wisdom, Norman The Great. And Professor Ian Norman is indeed Great!!!!  Would you please join me in welcoming Ian to the stage to take over the huge responsibility of accepting the Eileen Skellern Award 2015.

Mariam Olabisi Babatunde

I am a  2nd year Mental Health Nursing Student at the University of Greenwich, a married mother of 3 young boys. My  first degree from Nigeria is in Electronic and Computer Engineering and have worked in  IT and customer service focused environments  including the Docklands Light railway. I volunteer at my local church and my immediate community including working with the elderly, the young, in prisons and 'soup runs' for street homeless. I have had the desire to work in Mental health Nursing since 2001 when a close relative of mine experienced a dark phase of life with psychosis but rose above the dark cloud with great support from family and caring staff.  Since making the decision to switch my career path, I have had no single regret but great yearning to learn more. Becoming a Care Maker has accorded me the privilege of being in great places and meeting unique people, including attendance at Florence Nightingale Conference, Clinical Leaders Network Conference and Oxleas Annual Nursing Conference. I am passionate to work with homeless and vulnerable individuals, helping to give them a voice and open to the many opportunities that await me in this journey of caring that I have embarked on..