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The position papers section contains papers that have been produced as a response to both clinical and political requests for information and/or change. They are prepared by the Horatio Expert Panel and agreed by the Board before either being sent to the necessary body or launched here on the web site.

Horatio welcomes comments about these papers and hopes over time that they will develop into an archive charting the organisation's growth and professional stance.


Horatio_Community mental health nursing_position paper 2019


Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and Psychotherapy: The position of Horatio


Educational Preparation for Nurses Working with the Mentally Ill: The case of Cyprus (pdf 228Kb)


The Turku Declaration Final Version English

Other languages


The Response of Horatio to the EFPC Position Paper on Depression (pdf 315 Kb)


Response Green Paper Mental Health EU - May 2006 (pdf 90 Kb)

GDPR Data Privacy Policy and Cookie Notice



Horatio: European Psychiatric Nurses, is an organisation representing psychiatric and mental health nursing organisations within Europe. In co-operation with other organisations, projects and individuals, Horatio is an active partner in discussions that influence European mental health issues with reference to the viewpoint of nurses. For information on events, please contact us via this website on

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy clarifies the nature, scope and purpose of the processing of personal data (hereinafter referred to as "Data") within our online offering and the related websites, features and content, as well as external online presence, e.g. our social media profiles on. (collectively referred to as "online offer"). With regard to the terminology used, e.g. "Processing" or "Responsible", we refer to the definitions in Article 4 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Purpose of processing

- Provision of the online offer, its functions and contents.
- Answering contact requests and communicating with users.
- Member administration.
- Safety measures.
- Range measurement

1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller's possession, or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). If we hold information about you, such as your name and address, telephone number, email address, etc., you are, in the language of the GDPR, the ‘data subject'. Wherever these words appear, they refer to you.

2. Who are we?
HORATIO EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRIC NURSES is the data controller (contact details below). This means that it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. How do we process your personal data?
HORATIO EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRIC NURSES complies with its obligations under the GDPR, by keeping personal data up-to-date, by sorting and destroying it securely, by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data, by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure, and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes: -

•to inform you of news, events and activities for HORATIO EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRIC NURSES


4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events and activities;

5. Sharing your personal data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with third parties with your consent.

6. How long do we keep your personal data?
We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out.

7. Your rights and your personal data
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

•the right to request a copy of your personal data which HORATIO EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRIC NURSES holds about you;

•the right to request that HORATIO EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRIC NURSES correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;

•the right to request that your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for HORATIO EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRIC NURSES to retain such data;

•the right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time;

•where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, the right to request that a restriction is placed on further processing;

•the right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commissioner.

8. Further processing
If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Privacy Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice. The new notice will explain the new use of your personal data prior to commencing the processing. It will set out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and when necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

9. Online Use of Services Log Data - Provider

Like many companies, we collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our website. This Log Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our website that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics.


Cookies are files with small amounts of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier. It is a piece of information, like a tag, which some websites create against your profile. Our website creates a "cookie" when you first register online. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your computer's hard-drive. Our cookie will store some basic information, which helps us to identify if you have visited the site before. This will allow us to provide you with personalised content or present you with product and service information based on your previous behaviour on the site. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our website. How to disable cookies: If you do not want a cookie to be created on your PC, your web browser will let you disable cookies or you can use a 3rd party browser plugin. Please bear in mind that some personalised services on websites, may not be available if you choose to disable cookies.

Third party cookies

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For example, when you visit a page with content embedded from, Google, Twitter, YouTube or Facebook, these service providers may set their own cookies on your web browser. For example, Facebook sets cookies via our website if you ‘like’ one of the posts on our site and twitter sets cookies via our website if you “tweet” one of the posts on our site.

As these our third-party providers, we do not control the use of these cookies and cannot access them. You should check the third-party websites for more information about these cookies.

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

How to remove cookies

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser settings so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. 

If you wish to restrict or block the web browser cookies set on your device, you can do this through your browser’s Help function.

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10. Hosting

The hosting services we use are for the purpose of providing the following services: infrastructure and platform services, computing capacity, storage and database services, security and technical maintenance services we use to operate this online service.

Here we, or our hosting provider, process inventory data, contact data, content data, contract data, usage data, meta and communication data of customers, interested parties and visitors to this online offer on the basis of our legitimate interests in an efficient and secure provision of this online offer acc. Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO i.V.m. Art. 28 DSGVO (conclusion of contract processing contract).

11. Contact Details 
To exercise all relevant rights or queries of complaints, please contact HORATIO EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRIC NURSES
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You can contact the Data Protection Commissioner on

Dutch Data Protection Authority (Dutch DPA):

Postal address

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Telephone number: (+31) - (0)70 - 888 85 00
Fax: (+31) - (0)70 - 888 85 01  


A great deal has happened within Horatio in the last 12 months. The new Executive Officer Team have been working on the organisation’s infrastructure, the Board on projects, papers and Vision 2121. The 2014/15 Action Report for the year can be found in the Members Section. At the General Assembly held in Lisbon at the Horatio congress several key decisions were made that will affect the way Horatio is run.

  1. It was agreed to move the annual congresses and Festival to the Springtime, away from the heavily congested Autumn schedule. We hope by doing this we will attract a larger audience to our events giving more people the opportunity to experience these great psychiatric and mental health nursing occasions. The next Festival will be held in May 2017, in Malta
  2. As a consequence of this we have had to move the General Assembly to springtime meetings, with the consequence that existing Board members whose term of office would have expired in Autumn 2016 will now sit till the Spring of 2017.  This is because our constitution states we must hold Board elections at a General Assembly.
  3. Each year we will be holding bi-annual meetings in different European cities, with Board meetings and general Assemblies accompanied by national organisation’s symposium delivered by the Horatio Board members. The current Diary of events will soon be published in the Calendar section of the website.
  4. Retiring Board member, Prof. Michael Lohr from Germany and Dr  Roland van de Sande from The Netherlands, will take over as co-chairs of the Horatio European Expert Panel of psychiatric Nursing
  5. The Action Plan for the next 12 months has been developed and agreed and will be published in the members section
  6. Elections for the Board were held with the retirement of two members and a new member from Germany, Susanna Flansburg, elected.
  7. Issues concerning the current constitution are being amended.
  8. Negotiations are underway to accredit all Horatio events. This will mean that in future all delegates and speakers will receive CET points for their attendance.
  9. The full proceedings from the GA can be found in the minutes within the Members section

The full proceedings from the GA can be found in the minutes within the Members section

Horatio is marking its 10th year in operation by starting a Fellowship scheme which will honour individuals fro around Europe who have made a significant contribution to psychiatric and mental health nursing during their career. These individuals, nominated by their own national organisations, will receive their awards at the bi-annual festivals and will become life individual members of Horatio. In this way we can celebrate the work and activities of some of our finest nurses.

It is with great pride that I start my second year as the President of Horatio. With the help of the Board and its Executive Officers we hope to deliver on our promise to make Horatio more supportive of its members, more active within both European and National mental health politics and the first port of call for all those wishing to enlist the work and activities of psychiatric and mental health nurses in their projects, policy activities and professional development.

Martin Ward

President - Horatio European Psychiatric Nurses

In the EU there is no commission for 'Mental Health', 'Psychiatry' or 'Nursing'. Mental Health is one of the responsibilities of the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission (DG Sante Mental Health is perceived as effecting the public not just in terms of morbidity, treatment and Human Rights but also in relation to safety, exclusion from society and economic costs.

These are issues strongly related to our daily lives, contribute to a safe living and working environment and a healthy economy, and need to be tackled so that Human Rights are respected and those suffering from a mental illness are not marginalized in society. The EU is challenged by these issues. It facilitates collective debate, consideration and policy development whilst encouraging States to act within their own policy to research and enhance care, develop co-operation to maximize the health of the European population.

Individual States retain the right to implement policy, or not. It is important to understand that it is the public who decides who represents them in the EU and ultimately the public who determine policy. It is up to the professionals, and in our case, psychiatric nurses and mental health nurses, to give both the EU and the public the best possible information about mental health service provision and it’s nursing.

Horatio will ensure that psychiatric and mental health nurses are recognized as an important, highly motivated group committed to the pursuit of best standards and best practice in mental health. Horatio has, and will continue to, work with the EU Commission on project, policy activities and professional platforms.