Ellen Skellern painting

The Skellern Lecture is a prestigious annual event which celebrates advances in the field of mental health and mental health nursing. The Institute of Mental Health has been a long-standing supporter of the event, which celebrates the very best practice in mental health nursing.


As part of the event, The Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (JPMHN) Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a person who has given a sustained contribution to the field of mental health. Previous winners from Nottinghamshire include Dr Julie Repper (Recovery lead for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) and Professor Patrick Callaghan.

From the 1970s, Eileen Skellern made a significant contribution to the development of the modern profession of mental health nursing.   One of her last contributions was the planning of the First International Psychiatric Nursing Congress in 1980.  This took place in London, two months after her death.  The inaugural Eileen Skellern Memorial Lecture was established two years later to remember her career and influence. Revitalised in 2006, and in partnership with the JPMHN, the now annual lecture series is co-ordinated by a committee of previous lecturers and award winners, student nurses, sponsors and organisers. The panel is led by Dr Gary Winship (Associate Professor, The University of Nottingham School of Education) based at the Institute of Mental Health.

This year’s Skellern Lecture will be held on 14th June at the University of Greenwich:

‘The Dark Art of Motivating Inpatient Mental Health Nurses’ By Geoff Brennan  

The JPMHN Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Professor Phil Burnard.


For more information please visit: www.skellern.info