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Nursing champion Mary Chambers puts her views across to the Prime Minister

Mary ChambersOn 16 May, Mary Chambers, Professor of Mental Health Nursing attended a reception hosted by David Cameron at 10 Downing Street to celebrate leaders in nursing.

Mary said “The event was excellent and it was a privilege to be invited. It was a great opportunity to meet David Cameron and the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley. We discussed the mental health strategy No health without mental healthOpens new windowthat was launched last year.

“In particular I wanted to explore with David and Andrew, how the Government would evaluate the strategy’s impact. We spoke about the stigma associated with mental health and the role that the media play today in portraying a negative impression of anything associated with mental illness.

“I met the new Chief Nurse for England, Jane Cummings as well as saying goodbye in person to Professor Dame Christine Beasley, who is retiring from her role as Chief Nurse.

“I also met up with friends from the past and made some new ones. It was a great networking event, that was attended by a number of politicians and nurses from across England including Sally Brearley, chair of the Nursing and Care Quality Forum for England and Honorary Research Fellow with the Faculty. Cath Gamble, an honorary member of staff and Consultant Nurse, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust was also invited”.