PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION of Ireland

Hello All,

Mental Health Ireland are delighted to announce that we will be reopening applications and inviting nominations for our Kevin Plunkett Award 2022/23 this November.

We would be delighted if you could share the following information with your networks to help spread the word!

The Kevin Plunkett award is named after the former Area Director of Nursing for Waterford/Wexford Mental Health Service who passed away in May of 2021.

Kevin was a dedicated mental health nurse and mental health volunteer who showed great courage and leadership throughout his career. This award seeks to honour Kevin’s contributions and innovation in the psychiatric nursing field and inspire and support others to do the same.

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This Award aims to recognise the work of Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN) working throughout Ireland and celebrate and support the projects and initiatives contributed by these individuals. These may include Mental Health Promotion, Co-Production, Facilitating Recovery, Service Quality, Innovation and Improvement Public Understanding or Community Engagement. 

Awards may be utilised to advance; Further Education / Training / Research / facilitate Educational Travel / Study / Conference attendance / Innovate / Pilot projects (small scale).

Partnerships and evidence of co-production with people who use mental health services, family members will be distinct advantage.

We encourage applicants who bring new thinking or fresh insights aligned to the recommendations of the new National mental health policy Sharing the Vision and Mental Health Ireland’s own strategy. We wish to recognise best practice, innovation, sustainable and impactful change being brought about by RPNs at all levels. Nominations will be accepted for nurses working in public and private sector, hospital or community settings, NGOs, research and the academic centres.

The nomination processes will allow for self-nomination, nomination by peers, service users, supervisors and colleagues.

The nominee must agree to have their name go forward and must have the support of their management.

Only one application per individual will be accepted (this does not exclude applicants from contributing to group applications).

Applications will open through our website this November.

In keeping with MHI’s co-production principles, a Working Group has been convened which includes a Mental Health Ireland Board Member, an Area Director of Nursing nominee, a member of Kevin's family and a Person with Lived Experience. The working group have already set out the framework below.

Outline of the Mental Health Ireland Kevin Plunkett Award

Eligibility Criteria: Nominations for the award would be welcomed for Registered Psychiatric Nurses working in Ireland in the public and private sectors, as well as RPNs working in academia, NGO, projects and research sectors. The awards would include psychiatric nurses working in practice, in leadership, in education, innovation and service reform.

Award criteria would be influenced by and aligned to the National mental health policy ‘Sharing the Vision ‘and Mental Health Ireland’s strategic themes. Themes may include; Mental Health Promotion, Recovery, Co-Production, Social Inclusion, Human Rights, Trauma.

Awards may be utilised to advance; Further Education / Training / Research / facilitate Educational Travel / Study / Conference attendance / Innovate / Pilot (small scale). Partnerships and evidence of co-production with people who use mental health services, family members will be distinct advantage.

Mental Health Ireland does not accept funding from or work in partnership with the Pharmaceutical, Alcohol or Gambling industries, the awards will reflect this position.

The nomination processes will allow for self-nomination, nomination by peers, service users, supervisors and colleagues. The nominee must agree to have their name go forward and must have support of their management.

Awardees would be expected to provide follow-up feedback on the impact or success of their work so that this can be disseminated and shared. The continued ownership of the Intellectual Property would remain with the nominee, the support of the award should be acknowledged in subsequent presentations.

Warm regards,

Nicole Lonican  (she/her)

Training Administrator
Education, Training and eMental Health Team

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