Celebrating mental health nursing research: visions of a future

20th International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research conference

  • 18 September 2014
  • - The University of Warwick, Coventry, UK CV4 7AL

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The latest conference brochure (PDF 295KB) is now available to download [updated 16 September 2014]

This year is the 20th international NPNR conference and it’s going to be a celebration.

We wish to celebrate and promote some of the outstanding mental health nursing research that shapes mental health policy and nursing practice across the world. We will also acknowledge some of the best psychiatric and mental health nursing research that helped create the strong foundation for our work today. And we will invite delegates to look ahead to map out the future for mental health nursing research, education and practice.

Abstract submission is now closed. 

All speakers need to register by 28 July 2014. Online booking is not available when booking the presenter rate.


 Themes for 2014

Contemporary practice in mental health nursing research

Involving people - where has it got us?

Reflections and reminders

Building new knowledge for effective partnerships

Methodologies, methods and magic

Innovation in teaching, learning and practice

Keynote speakers

Thursday 18 September

Person-Centre Care: Collaborative practice and research

Professor Brendan McCormack, Head of Nursing at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Co-production and the future role of Mental Health Nursing  

Dr  Julie Repper, Recovery LeadNottingham Healthcare Trust, Nottingham, UK 

Mental health and Wellbeing: Books on Prescription

Debbie Hicks, Director of Research, The Reading Agency

Friday 19 September

Understanding Pathways to Care in Early   Psychosis                         

Professor Swaran P Singh, Head of Division, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

The Role of Leaders in Designing Recovery Oriented Systems of Care: Upsetting the Historical Applecart

Dr Kevin Ann Huckshorn, State Division, Director for the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Delaware, USA

The book of abstracts (PDF 1.37MB) is now available to download [updated 16 September 2014]




The latest conference brochure (PDF 295KB) is now available to download [updated 16 September 2014]

The book of abstracts (PDF 1.37MB) is now available to download [updated 16 September 2014]

Download the accepted posters (PDF 33KB) [Updated 11 July 2014]

Please note: Abstract submission is now closed. 

All speakers need to register by 28 July 2014. Online booking is not available when booking the presenter rate. Download the booking form. 

Thursday 18 September 2014

Registration: 08.30 – 10.00

Pre conference workshops: 09.00 – 09.50

Conference sessions: 10.00 – 17.55

Welcome reception: 19.00 – 19.30

Conference dinner and announcement of awards: 19.30 – 23.00

Friday 19 September 2014

Registration: 09.00 – 09.45

Conference sessions: 09.45 – 16.15

Should you have any questions regarding the conference please email Laura at npnr@rcn.org.uk. 


Delegate fees

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Two day fee

RCN member                             £300

non member                              £440
Service user/Carer/ Student**      £180
Presenter rate*                          £255

One day fee

RCN member                             £170

non RCN member                       £240
Presenter rate*                         £170
Service user/Carer/ Student**     £100

Other costs

Single en-suite room pppn***      £73.30
Inc breakfast

Conference dinner                      £40

* 15% discount on two day RCN member rate, available for all presenters and co-presenters with accepted abstracts. Authors will be informed via email of the outcome of submission by 30 June 2014. Submitting authors have until 28 July 2014 to register all attending authors/presenters for the conference. Online booking is unavailable with this rate.

** 40% discount on RCN member rate for service users, carers and students. Please note to qualify for the student rate you must be a pre registration nursing student. Evidence may be requested. Online booking is unavailable for with rate.

*** An accommodation link is now available  via the accommodation section. Accommodation is at the University of Warwick.


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RCN Members

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Where applicable a number of discounts are available for delegates at RCN Events.

To be eligible for any RCN member discount you must include a valid membership number when you book.

If you are not an RCN member, join now to benefit from these and other RCN member discounts.  Further details at www.rcn.org.uk

RCN and other professional organisations

If you are a member of the RCN AND a nursing student (pre-registration only), an associate retired RCN member, an HCA or AP you can attend any RCN conference and receive a 40% discount on the conference fee.

If you are an accredited RCN Trade Union Representative, you will receive a 25% discount on the conference fee.

If you book your delegate place over the telephone using your RCN credit card you will receive a £15 discount.

Conference fees of £60.00 or less are not discountable. Please refer to the individual conference flyer for details of discounts available.

The RCN works with a number of professional organisations to deliver conferences and events and there may be instances where members of other organisations are offered the same discounted rates as RCN members. Where this applies details will be listed on the event webpage.

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Only one discount can be used for each booking, and discounts do not apply to the cost of accommodation or conference dinners.















Information about the venue and directions (PDF 85KB)
are available now to download


Please note that parking is free onsite to delegates. This is subject to ticket validation on departure which can be done at the venue registration desk.


Exhibit with the RCN and reach your target audience!

The RCN International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research forum conference and exhibition provides you with an unrivalled opportunity to connect directly with a significant group of the UK’s leading psychiatric nursing specialists.

There are a number of ways for you to be involved in the exhibition giving you the opportunity to network and raise your profile within this nursing arena. Packages can be tailored by our sales team to help you achieve specific objectives, so please speak to us about your needs.

For exhibition packages and sponsorship opportunities, please download the sales brochure (PDF 77.9KB) and view the exhibition floorplan (PDF 78.1KB), or contact the sales team, information below.

For those organisations already attending this event, make the most out of your experience with some top tips for exhibitors.

Exhibition Sales Contact

Paul Hopper
T: 014 4287 0143
E: exhibitions@rcn.org.uk

Speaker zone

 If your abstract has been selected for presentation at the conference, please take a few moments to read through the following information where applicable. 


Poster guidelines

Concurrent guidelines

Workshop guidelines

Doctoral Symposium guidelines 


For all other queries, email Laura at npnr@rcn.org.uk including your abstract reference number wherever possible.  


The on line booking system for NPNR has now closed.

Delegates are responsible for booking their own travel and accommodation for the conference.

 If you would like to book accommodation for this conference, please contact the Reservations Department at reservations@warwick.ac.uk

The following accommodation is available

Address: University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL UK

Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 3523  
Website: warwickconferences.com/facilities/accommodation  

Bluebell is centrally located and within a few minutes’ walk of the facilities on main campus. Bluebell was completed in 2011 and offers accommodation in flats of 8 persons to a high specification. Each bedroom has a full length window to take full advantage of the picturesque surroundings which includes Tocil Ponds to the South East. The strong community feel is fostered by the Residential Life Team living on site.

Facilities: Single en-suite rooms with shower; tea and coffee facilities; hairdryer; full English breakfast; Free high speed Wi-Fi access as well as a network connection point; All residential guests also have full use of the campus swimming pool and state-of-the-art sports facilities; flat screen LCD TV with freeview channels

Check in: 15.00 Check out:  09.30

On arrival, please report to the conference reception (which is situated in the Student Union Building adjacent to Rootes Building) to check in. A map of the campus (PDF 2.34MB) is available to download.

Accommodation is being managed directly with the University of Warwick.

Please note:

· payment must be settled in advance of the conference

· rooms are strictly limited and early booking is advised


How to book

You can book online for most events or by calling 029 2054 6460 (9.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or by posting your booking form to: Event Registrations, PO Box 2329, Cardiff, CF23 8YZ.


Payment can be made by cheque or credit/debit card. We are unable to invoice. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Royal College of Nursing’. We can accept payment from personal or corporate credit/ debit cards.

You will receive a confirmation of your payment via email, which details the event name and the amount paid to the Royal College of Nursing for the event. If you wish to pay by BACs, please contact Event Registrations on the number above.  


We are unable to invoice for RCN events.  

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Cancellations and substituting places

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Health care assistants and assistant practitioners

Most of our events are suitable for health care assistants. If you are an RCN member and a health care assistant (HCA), assistant practitioner (AP), or health care support worker you can receive 40% discount on your delegate fee. HCA and AP discounts are not valid on events costing less than £60.00.  

Throughout the year the RCN organises conferences and seminars designed specifically to meet the needs of health care assistants, health care support workers and assistant practitioners. These events are included in forthcoming events which is constantly updated.  


For events that run for more than one day, the RCN often negotiates discounted rates on accommodation. Where relevant, details of accommodation can be found in the accommodation section of the event webpage.  

You may be able to book additional nights accommodation at the discounted rate. Please contact the conference organiser for further information.  

Abstract submissions and call for papers

Full guidelines for abstract submissions and calls for papers can be found in the abstract section of the event web page. Particular frequently asked questions regarding poster submission can be found in this poster guidelines document (Word 38KB)

Number of submissions

There is no limit on the number of submissions you can make.  


If you are unsure as to whether your paper or poster is suitable for the conference, please contact the conference committee. 

Acceptance of submission

Everyone will receive an email confirmation advising them whether the submission has been successful. Please therefore ensure that a current email address is supplied with every submission.  

Changes to your submission

If you wish to make changes to your submission you should contact the events organiser for further information. Your acceptance letter will include details of the final date for which changes need to be received by the conference organiser.  


If the submission deadline has passed, it may be possible to submit a late paper or poster. You should contact the conference organiser to discuss late submissions.  

Intellectual property

Queries regarding intellectual property with reference to submissions can be found in intellectual property FAQs (Word 37KB)

Delegate places

All successful presenters must register as a delegate for the conference. In many cases you could be eligible for the member delegate rate. By registering as a delegate you will be able to network with other speakers and delegates, and benefit from the rest of the conference.  

Exhibition and sponsorship

If you would like to exhibit at any RCN event, or would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities contact Corporate Relations on 020 7647 3959 or visit the exhibitors section on the event webpage.

Event contact

Laura Benfield
Conference Organiser
Royal College of Nursing
20 Cavendish Square

Tel: 020 7647 3591
Email: npnr@rcn.org.uk