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Thursday, 17 September 2015

Trust nurses attend prestigous international congress for law and mental health

Published Date: 17 September 2015

Two nurses from South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) Adult Acute Inpatient Services, Kiran Jnagal, and Felicity Mayer, were invited to a prestigious international congress for law and mental health.

Held at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, the congress attracts an international community of leading researchers, academics, practitioners and professionals to share their perspectives on law and mental health.  Topics discussed include forensic psychiatry in Pakistan and the practical ethics between law and mental health in Guantanamo and death row. 

Held at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, the congress attracts an international community of leading researchers, academics, practitioners and professionals to share their perspectives on law and mental health.  Topics discussed include forensic psychiatry in Pakistan and the practical ethics between law and mental health in Guantanamo and death row. 

Vienna NursesKiran, a ward manager at Jupiter and Felicity Mayer, a staff nurse at Lilacs Ward were invited to attend by Professor Mary Chambers, who is Professor of Mental Health Nursing Director at the Centre for Public Engagement, after they helped recruit a record number of SWLSTG nurses to take part in her Department of Health Nursing Therapeutic Engagement study.

This national study looked at what contribution is made by mental health nurses to patient recovery, by measuring the therapeutic engagement between mental health nurse and patients.  This therapeutic engagement includes nurses spending quality time with patients and aims to empower the patient to actively participate in their care.

Kiran Jnagal said:

"It was an amazing experience to be part of this conference and see the study results from our work.  It was also great to hear about the various research projects that are being conducted around the world.

"We had the opportunity to meet people who have brought research into clinical practice and the impact it has on patient care, and we will be taking some of our learning back to the Trust so that we can continually improve our services."

Catherine Gamble, Head of Nursing/Consultant Nurse at SWLSTG and Associate Clinical Director South London Health Innovation Network said:

"This was a fantastic opportunity for Kiran and Felicity, and well-deserved for all their hard work recruiting to the national study on mental health nursing.

"It was great they had the opportunity to see the results of the study presented by Professor Mary Chambers at such a prestigious event. 

We are very proud to have such excellent Trust representatives there - and the range of papers and ethical issues debated puts local issues into perspective. I am sure they have brought back lots of ideas and learning points for the rest of the Trust."

The International Congress of Law and Mental Health, organized by the International Academy of Law and Mental Health took place from 12th July to the 17th July 2015 at the Sigmund Freud University, Vienna in Vienna, Austria.

More details can be found here: https://www.ialmh.org/template.cgi

 

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