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Bursaries for Horatio European Psychiatric Nursing Congress - May 2018

"Safe Settings" - Nordic House, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands

http://www.horatio-web.eu/index.php/events/horatio-congress-2018-the-faroe-islands

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May 10th - 12th 2018

Initial call for those wishing to present Call for Abstracts closing date Friday January 15 th 2018

Dear Colleagues,

This year the Union will continue its sponsorship of Members to attend the European Congress organised by Horatio and Faroese Psychiatric Nurses, having done so previously for events in Lisbon, Malta, Istanbul, Stockholm, Prague etc.

The PNA in supporting this Congress are pleased to confirm that a number of bursaries will be offered by lottery to Presenters of Papers, Officer Board Members, Branch Officers and Members.

This year's bursaries will be worth approximately €1200.This Bursary is based on the combined cost of the Congress Fees, Flights and Accommodation.

Abstracts are being invited under the main theme of ‘Safe Settings'. These may be associated with one of the following sub-themes:

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PSYCHIATRIC NURSES PROTEST IN WATERFORD AND KILKENNY OVER LACK OF SERVICES, UNDERSTAFFING AND OVERCROWDING

Psychiatric nurses (members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association PNA)  mounted joint lunchtime protests  today (Tuesday 5 th December) at St Luke's Hospital Kilkenny and University Hospital Waterford, to highlight the consistent and ongoing overcrowding and staffing crisis faced by those accessing vital services at these two acute mental health admission units.

Nurses are demanding the provision of new and expanded community services, more rigorous management of beds, long stay beds and an end to understaffing to address the crisis in services in the Kilkenny and Waterford region.

PNA Industrial Relations Officer, Michael Hayes said that despite increased overcrowding and mounting staff shortages in UHW and Kilkenny there have been no realistic proposals from management to address the issues facing mental health services in the south east.  

‘PNA has highlighted a number of instances earlier this year when overcrowding led to patients, both children and adults, spending the night on chairs when there was no bed for them. The common response from management when these episodes are highlighted is that changes will occur, but as today's protests show , nurses have seen no changes and patients continue to encounter mental health services that cannot be delivered professionally while things remain as they are.'

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LATEST HIQA ARAS ATTRACTA REPORT CONFIRMS EXTENT OF HSE FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT VITAL MANAGEMENT REFORMS

The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said today (Weds. 29th Nov.) that the latest damming   HIQA Report on the Aras Attracta facility in Mayo is an indictment of the failure of the HSE to completely overhaul management of the facility and further evidence of the staffing crisis facing intellectual disability and mental health services across the country.

PNA National Secretary, Noel Giblin said that following the RTE Primetime Investigates programme on Aras Attracta in 2014, the PNA had  called on the HSE for a total review  of management, care practices and resourcing of the facility.

‘Three years on from that RTE investigation, and despite the allocation of some additional resources it is evident that Aras Attracta remains poorly managed and is not providing  the proper standards of care that staff are struggling to deliver,  and which residents deserve. Management have failed abysmally to deliver on commitments to de-congregate residents to community facilities and provide adequate staffing for the service.’

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PNA SAYS SEANAD REPORT HIGHLIGHTS AGAIN THE SERIOUS DEFICIENCIES IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND CALLS FOR URGENT ACTION TO IMPLEMENT REPORT'S RECOMMENDATIONS

The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) today (Thursday 18 th  Oct. ) called for  an urgent and coherent response from the Minister for Health, Simon Harris and the HSE to address the deficiencies in the mental health services available to children and adolescents throughout the country identified in the Report of  the Seanad Public Consultation Committee on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)  published on Wednesday.

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes said : ‘This important  Report makes for disturbing reading, but its findings will come as no surprise to those who have been identifying the inadequacy, and in some parts of the country the complete absence, of CAMHS services  which is impacting hugely on young people, their families and the wider community.

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UNACCEPTABLE FOR TWO ADULT ADMISSIONS TO SPEND THE NIGHT ON CHAIRS AT WATERFORD PSYCHIATRIC UNIT - PNA

The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said today (Thursday 12 th October) that the situation where two adults admitted to the Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU) at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) on Tuesday (Oct. 10 th ) night had to spend the night on chairs is totally unacceptable and highlights once again the lack of adequate community mental health services in the South East.

PNA, General Secretary, Peter Hughes said accommodating patients on chairs because of the lack of beds is intolerable for patients and their families and upsetting for staff.

‘Following an incident in May when a child spent a night on a chair at the Waterford AMHU, PNA got a number of assurances from management that these situations would not be repeated. However, on Tuesday two adults had to spend the night on chairs as there were no beds to admit them to. Once again the appalling lack of investment in community mental health services is having consequences for both staff and service users at this unit which has been over capacity on nearly 20 occasions since January. Our message to management is clear - ‘This has got to stop'.'

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  11. STATEMENT FOLLOWING MEETING OF IRISH MEDICAL ORGANISATION, IRISH NURSES AND MIDWIVES ORGANISATION AND PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION
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