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Compassion Challenges and Opportunities for Mental Health

14th Annual Mental Health Conference 2017

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  • About

    This is our fourteenth annual mental health conference at Magee campus. This conference will provide an opportunity to enhance the wealth of experience and knowledge that is gained through the exchange of ideas with conference delegates, within the mental health field and from the wider network of disciplines working within our schools and communities both statutory and voluntary.

    Inclusive to this invitation are persons who are experts by experience of mental health problems and their families.

  • Programme


    Registration and coffee


    Welcome: Dr Malachy O'Neill, Head of School of Irish Language and Literature and Provost of Magee campus


    Opening Address:  Martin Daly, Consultant in Service User Experience, BHSCT


    Keynote 1
    "Interpersonal Relationships in Mental Health Nursing: never mind the quality, feel the compassion"
    Professor Hugh McKenna, Dean of Medical School Development at Ulster University


    Keynote 2
    "Minding the gap: connecting and coordinatingfor quality in mental health care"
    Professor Ben Hannigan, Schoo of Healthcare Sciences, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University


    Tea and coffee
    Conference exhibition and poster viewing - Great Hall


    Platform Sessions Service User Experts
    Session One:
    11.45am-12pm: Mrs Rosie Moore
    Session Two:
    12pm-12.15pm: Miss Kelly Donaghy
    Session Three:
    12.15pm-12.30pm: Miss Karen Elliot and Miss Brona Dyson
    Open Forum Discussion:


    Conference exhibition and poster viewing - Great Hall


    Keynote 3
    "Quality and Compassion: is it possible to have one without the other?"
    Professor Mary Chambers, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, St. George's, University of London


    Tea and coffee
    Conference exhibition and poster viewing - Great Hall


    Keynote 4
    "Community mental health nurses and compassion: an interpretive approach"
    Kim Barron, Charge Nurse, Paisley Community Mental Health Team



  • Registration & Fees

    8.30am - 4.30pm (Registration opens 8.30am)


    £80 Full Day Rate 
    £40 Student Discounted Rate

    There are a limited number of concessionary places available by arrangement directly with conference organisers for registered charities and service users. The above fees include lunch, refreshments and conference documentation.

    For further information on the event, please contact:

    Ms Marie O'Neill, Conference Manager 
    Ulster University 
    Institute of Nursing and Health Research 
    School of Nursing 
    Magee campus 
    Northland Road 
    BT48 7JL

    Telephone: +44(0) 28 7167 5437