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RCN Education Forum National Conference and Exhibition 2018

Partners in practice: nurses working together through change

20 Mar 2018 - 21 Mar

Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8QH

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This conference will support you as a health care educator. Learn about the latest developments in this field, share good practice through facilitated discussions and network with colleagues from across the UK. 

With Brexit, the emergence of new roles and routes into nursing, changes to the student bursary in England, and developing draft standards for nursing education, change is at the forefront of the nursing professions agenda like never before.

The theme of this year’s conference – working together through change – aims to demonstrate how challenge can be used to spur creativity and be a springboard to improving standards.

Hear from nursing peers across the UK on the innovative work being carried out in their area to recruit, retain and develop a first class nursing workforce.

Be part of the nurse education community: join the discussion, make your voice heard and help to influence the future of nursing education in the UK.

Join in the discussion: #RCNED18 @theRCN @annecorrinrcn

Justify your attendance

Need a helping hand with securing time off or funding to attend? Please download these helpful hints and tips as well as a template letter you can use, and read about why everyone should go to a conference.

RCN Partners in Practice Scheme Winners:

Rachel Huggins, Student Mental Health Nurse, Swansea University – her concurrent presentation “The understanding and undertaking of the components of the Mental Status Examination through role-play: A student perspective” will take place at 5.00pm on the Tuesday

Hattie O’Brien, Student Nurse, Jersey General Hospital – her poster “Interpersonal skills enhanced through working in Sri Lanka on an International nursing elective” will be presented on the Tuesday

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Newcastle Civic Centre
Barras Bridge
Newcastle Upon Tyne


Newcastle Civic Centre is approximately a 15 minute walk from Newcastle Central station. Taxis will cost in the region of £6.00 and take around 10 minutes.


Newcastle Civic Centre is located immediately opposite Haymarket metro stop. You can board the metro service at Newcastle Central station to travel the 2 stops onwards to Haymarket. This journey takes no longer than 10 minutes.

Metro trains run from 5.30am to midnight, every 5-10 minutes during the day and 10-20 minutes in evenings. Tickets can be bought from machines at all metro stations. If you plan to make a few journeys, a Metro DaySaver will offer unlimited travel all day.


Newcastle International Airport has its own metro station with metro trains travelling directly to Haymarket station. This journey takes around 20 minutes and metro trains run approximately every 12 minutes. Read more here


Car parking is available on site at the Civic Centre at a cost of £1.30 an hour. Please be aware spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 If you are a registered disabled driver with a valid blue badge, disabled car parking can be reserved in advance. Please contact at least 2 weeks before the conference to organise booking.


RCN Events have secured a number of bedrooms at preferential rates for conference delegates at a number of accommodation providers throughout Newcastle city centre. These rooms will be available until a month prior to the conference, subject to availability.

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Tuesday 20th March

Session 2.6

2.6.1. The staff nurse toolkit. Miss Anne-Marie Borneuf, Senior Lecturer in Nursing & Stewart Rickels, Manchester Metropolitan University (GOT)

2.6.2. Bringing nursing practice into the classroom with collaborative Team-based Learning: A model for 21st century nurse education? Dr Jonathan Branney, Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Bournemouth University; Pushpinder Paddam, Practice Educator, Thoracic Medicine & Kate Crabb, Clinical Lead for Dorset Adult Integrated Respiratory Service, Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Dawn Jacobs, Community Matron & Kara Winwood, Community Matron, Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust (GOT)

Session 3.6

3.6.1. Developing a career framework for Nurse Educators.Sara Dalby, Surgical Care Practitioner, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Mrs Gill Coverdale, Professional Lead – Education Standards and Professional Development (RCN HQ), Professional Learning and Development Facilitator (Yorkshire & Humber), Royal College of Nursing (GOT)

3.6.2. The DNA of the future nursing workforce: The BHR apprentice to Advanced Practitioner Model. Kenye Karemo, Deputy to Chief Nurse, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Wednesday 21st March 

Session 4.5
4.5.1.What are we teaching our nursing students about delirium? A survey of Scottish Universities. Claire Copeland, Consultant, NHS Forth Valley & Derek Baron, Erskine Nursing One IN PROGRESS

4.5.2. Skills Practice and Care Enhancement (SPACE): Impact, Confidence and Competence. Susan Poultney, Senior Lecturer in Children’s and Young People’s Health; Cathy Liddle, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing; Kirsty Wedgbury, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing; & Kelly Davis, SPACE technician. Birmingham City University (GOT)

4.5.3. GeNET: A genomics nursing education toolkit to support delivery of the NMC standards of proficiency for registered nurses. Alison Pope, Programme Manager; & Dr Anneke Seller, Scientific Director. Health Education England (GOT)

Nursing Associates – Panel Q&A

Do you have any burning questions to ask about the nursing associate role, how it will operate in practice and potential impact on the nursing workforce? Don’t miss this opportunity to ask our interactive panel representing nurses and nursing: Sam Donohue, Senior Nurse Manager: Policy, Health Education England, Emma Westcott, Assistant Director, Strategy & Insight, Nursing and Midwifery Council and Catherine Gamble, RCN Mental Health Professional Lead and Head of Nursing Development at South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust, will share their views on how the nursing associate role will change the future of nursing education and practice. You can also send anonymised questions in advance of the conference to

Breaking news: keynote speaker announcements

Nursing Associate – sharing progress, innovation and developments and the road to regulation

Sam Donohue, Senior Nursing Manager: Policy, Health Education England, will share national updates on the developing role of the nursing associate. Sam will feedback on the quality assurance activity that is currently occurring with the test sites, update on the test site evaluation study, lead discussion around the sustainable development of the role and progression into and beyond the Nursing Associate role. Emma Westcott, the Nursing Associate Programme Director at the NMC, will then outline the NMC’s approach to regulation of the nursing associate role and discuss the safeguards that are associated with the development and introduction of a new role. For further information and latest updates visit: and

Simulation and technology based learning – can they help fix the NHS?

Andy Anderson, former Chief Executive Officer at the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) and Director of Vopulus Limited will discuss the latest advances within simulation. Andy will cover the role and value of simulation in supporting nursing education and practice, the key benefits for the workforce, and demonstrate how simulated practice links to improvements in patient safety and quality of care. The talk will cover the use of simulation in nursing undergraduate and pre-registration education as well as postgraduate and post registration training and on-going CPD for all of the health and social care workforce.

Preparing tomorrows leaders today

Professor Ruth Taylor, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty, Anglia Ruskin University and Professor Brian Webster-Henderson, University Dean of Learning & Teaching/Professor of Nursing, Edinburgh Napier University and Chair, Council of Deans of Health, will discuss the knowledge, theory and practical implementation of leadership. Explore how students develop the leadership skills they need for their careers right from the start of their nursing programme through to transitioning to their first role. Understand all aspects of leadership and how it is a key component of providing quality care to patients in a range of environments and settings. Learn how you can be a leader no matter what stage of your career and how you can impact positively on nursing practice, no matter what level you are working at.

Carry on nursing! Education during turbulent times of change

With the emergence of new roles and routes into nursing including the nursing associate and nursing apprenticeships, changes to the student bursary in England and developing draft standards for nursing education, change is at the forefront of the nursing professions agenda like never before. Professor Jan Draper, Vice-Chair, and Katerina Kolyva, Executive Director, Council of Deans of Health will explore the impact of the proposed changes on nursing, looking at what skills the nurse of 2030 will need and how you as an educator can help to equip the future workforce for success.

Key features of Education 2018 include:

  • keynote sessions delivered by leading speakers with Q&A
  • updates on the national and regional education and practice landscape
  • core papers and presentations within a number of contemporary themes covering the 4 country perspective
  • a selection of innovative posters on days 1 and 2 of the conference
  • prizes for best poster on day 1 and day 2 of the conference
  • themed programme streams: delegates can choose which sessions to attend and tailor their conference experience to their specific needs
  • writing for publication masterclass
  • ample networking opportunities for presenters and delegates.

New for 2018

  • prize for best first-time presenter
  • fringe workshop sessions to prepare and support the first-time presenter
  • a selection of cutting edge ViPER and symposia sessions.

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Online bookings are the easiest and fastest way to book 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Bookings can be made by phone with payment by credit card/Maestro, by calling: 02920546460. Lines are open from 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Bookings can also be made by post with a downloaded booking form with credit card details or payment/remittance advice posted to: Event registrations, PO Box 2329, Cardiff CF23 8YZ.
A booking form with credit card details or payment/remittance advice can also be faxed to: 02920546489.

Payment by invoice is available on request. A Purchase Order and booking form are required.

All bookings will be confirmed in writing. 

The RCN reserves the right to refuse any booking at any time.


Booking for the conference will open on Monday 21st August 2017

Presenter Rate £255.00 inc VAT

RCN member, 2 days £300.00 inc VAT

Non-member, 2 days £444.00 inc VAT

Book 3 or more places together at the same time to save 10% from each booking fee

Further discounts apply: see booking flyer for details.

Not a member? Join the RCN now and qualify for the discounted membership rates for this conference. Find out more


Being funded by your employer to attend? RCN Events can provide an invoice for your attendance

Just complete a booking form and ask your finance team to send this along with a purchase order to For any queries please call 0207 647 3591


All RCN student members wishing to attend the conference will qualify for a 40% discount off of the conference fee. Not a member? Join today to qualify for the discounted rate.

The RCN Conference was a great opportunity, as it allowed me to build confidence in presenting to an audience, learn from other nurses and academics and network with people interested in my topic. I would like to attend future conferences because of being able to experience the RCN Education Conference. It opened my eyes to some of the complexities involved in nursing education and allowed me to understand how the RCN can support nurses. Furthermore, it has been a great boost to my CV.”

Imogen Kemp, 3rd year student nurse, University of Nottingham.  

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The call for abstracts has now closed. Submitters can expect to be notified in writing with the outcome by no later than Monday 13th November 2017.
If you have any queries regarding your submission please contact

What if I am successful?

If selected to present at the conference you will receive written confirmation by Monday 13th November 2017 which will detail the presentation format, time and date of the slot being offered to you.
If you are happy to accept the offer to present, the lead submitter will need to complete an abstract acceptance form and return this by 30th November 2017 to . The lead presenter and co-presenter will then need to ensure they register for the conference by the deadline of Friday 22nd December 2017.

Only the main presenter and one named co-presenter will be eligible to qualify for the presenter rate to attend the conference if presenting a concurrent, ViPER or poster. If submitting a symposium, one presenter per paper is eligible for the presenter rate, up to a maximum of 5 presenters.

To register please complete a hard copy booking form or contact RCN Event Registrations on 029 2054 6460 (Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm). If you require an invoice for your booking, please send a completed booking form along with a Purchase Order to

Best poster prize

We will be awarding best poster prizes, sponsored by LV, for day one and day two of the conference, as voted for by conference delegates. An award for best first time presenter, sponsored by LV, will also be awarded at the end of the conference as voted for by the RCN Scientific Committee.

Securing funding to present

Need a helping hand with securing time off or funding to present an abstract? Please download these helpful hints and tips as well as a template letter you can use.

Documents for presenters

Presenter acceptance form

Concurrent guidelines

Poster guidelines

ViPER guidelines

Symposia Guidelines

Guidance for first time presenters

Intellectual Property Rights FAQs

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Why attend

Are you a health care educator interested in the future of nursing education and practice in the UK? This conference provides an unrivalled opportunity to learn latest developments, share good practice and network with colleagues.

Benefits of attending

  • Accrue over 17 hours of CPD to count towards your revalidation
  • Discover the latest developments and research in the field of nursing education.
  • Hear from colleagues on their projects. Reflect on their findings and explore how you can use this knowledge to improve your practice.
  • Hear from eminent keynote speakers on contemporary nursing issues.
  • Attend themed sessions, conveyed by expert facilitators, participate and contribute to the discussions and debate.
  • Use this opportunity to network with your peers, mentor and support colleagues and showcase the work of your employer
  • Use the opportunity to ask the RCN those questions you want answers to

 Is this conference for me?

The conference is open to RCN members and non-members.  The conference is designed for health professionals with an interest in nursing education, working in the academic, clinical and professional setting in the UK and overseas. This includes those working in NHS, private and voluntary sectors, universities and colleges.

Students and those wishing to pursue a career in nursing education are also welcome to attend.

Here’s what some of 2017’s 300 plus delegates had to say:

“This conference, its speakers and presenters has given me back the enthusiasm for my role as a clinical educator which had previously lessened.”

“It enabled me to meet others with the same interests in education who I would not necessarily have had the chance to have spoken to and shared conversations with in the normal working day.”

“I would recommend it to all nurses working in education as there was something for everyone. I feel the concurrent sessions and posters were very valuable.”

“Everything in one place, great buzz, supportive to new speakers, latest news and key speakers at cutting edge of education development.”

Why present

Calling all nurse educators: do you have an innovative project, cutting edge initiative or piece of contemporary research to share with the nursing community?

By submitting your abstract for this conference you can share knowledge on latest developments within the academic and practice setting, reflect and build on your work and meet like-minded professionals shaping the future of nursing education and practice.

Benefits of presenting your abstract include:

  • A platform to showcase your work and your employer on a national level
  • have your research recognised by your peers and receive constructive review
  • demonstrate your initiative and commitment to the future of nurse education
  • a learning opportunity to develop your communication and presenting skills
  • an excellent opportunity for networking, expanding your knowledge and promoting your work within the UK.

Who can present?

Whether you are a first time or experienced presenter, if you are passionate about the future of nursing education and have a piece of innovative learning to share we want to hear from you!

We welcome submissions from healthcare educators across the UK and the globe working in the academic, clinical and professional setting. This includes those working in NHS, private and voluntary sectors, universities and colleges. This conference is open to RCN members and non-members alike.

Students and those wishing to pursue a career in nursing education are also invited to submit an abstract.

Here’s what 2017’s presenters thought:

 “The talks were relevant, pitched at the right level and I really felt like I could be part of something excellent.”

“Good opportunity to see what other educators are doing.”

“Excellent networking opportunity and learning from other experiences - people are very willing to share good practice.”

“Inspirational to hear and discuss what other peers are doing.”


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ARC Technology
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing
Clinical Pocket Reference
EMD Services
Sage Publishing
University of Huddersfield
Healthperm Resourcing UK Ltd
Guidelines for Nurses
Mind-Boggling Medical History - University of Oxford & RCN Library and Archive Service
RCN Northern
University of Edinburgh

This conference provides you with an unrivalled opportunity to connect directly with a significant group of leading UK nurse educationalists.

There are a number of ways to be involved with the exhibition and conference programme. Please see more in the
sales material.

To discuss exhibition and sponsorship packages please contact Jenny Burrows on 01442870143 or email: Please note availability is limited and spaces within the exhibition will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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