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Fringe programme

Monday 16 May 2011

Novice researchers

Presenters: Professor Barbara Jack, Head of Research and Director, Evidence based Practice Research Centre, Edge Hill University and Dave O'Carroll, Information and Communications Manager (Research and Innovation), Royal College of Nursing
Sponsor: RCN Research Society
Time: 13.20 - 14.20

This fringe event is aimed at nurses based in clinical and academic settings - who are in the early stages of undertaking research or who may be planning to start a research project. The research road can be very long and winding with plenty of road works to stop you in your tracks. In the early stages of undertaking research this can be a journey in which a little help, direction and support can be of great value.

The purpose of this event is to establish what may be of help to you on the research journey. Additionally the last 5 years fringe events have provided feedback to the Research Society Steering Committee as to what help nurse researchers need.

The aims of this event are to enable you to:

  • meet with others at a similar stage of their research development
  • share experiences
  • find out what help is available
  • meet new people and network

So come along and meet us at this event and you never know you might find the exact help that you were looking for.

Presentation: Novice researchers (PDF, 87KB)


Promoting and enabling practitioner research

Presenters: Dr Theresa Shaw, Chief Executive, Foundation of Nursing Studies and Mrs Kate Sanders, Practice Development Facilitator, Foundation of Nursing Studies
Sponsor: RCN Research Society
Time: 13.20 - 14.20

Over the last 4 years, the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) has supported a practice based research programme (http://www.fons.org/programmes/development-research.aspx) in partnership with the General Nursing Council Trust for England and Wales.  Both organisations share a commitment to:

  • Advance nursing
  • Promote practitioner research
  • Enable nurse led teams to experience how practice based research methodologies can enable practice improvement and change

We have recently renewed our partnership for a further 4 years and plan to use our learning from the first ten projects we have worked with to refine and strengthen the programme. At the fringe event, we would like to engage with potential stakeholders (clinical nurses, nurse researchers and academics) to both share our experiences to date and our proposals for the future.  We would also welcome discussion and debate that could help inform how practitioner/practice based research can be encouraged and strengthened as a means of informing and improving and enhancing patients’ experience of care.

Presentation: Promoting and enabling practitioner research (PDF, 127KB)


Writing for publication for experienced authors and researchers

Presenters: Professor Judith Gedney Baggs, Editor, Research in Nursing and Health and Professor Alison Tierney, Editor in Chief of Journal of Advanced Nursing
Sponsor: Wiley Blackwell
Time: 13.20 - 14.20

This fringe event will provide experienced authors and researchers the opportunity to learn how to take their publications to the next level.

The event will cover the following topics:

  • How to decide where to submit, how many papers to write as a result of your research project for optimization
  • Learning what makes an article top quality, including what reviewers look for, pitfalls to be avoided
  • Writing for an international readership
  • Ethical considerations for health related publications and their affect on what you submit

Presentation: Writing for publication for experienced authors and researchers (PDF, 736KB)


Tuesday 17 May 2011

Nursing journals of the future: a facilitated discussion

Presenters: Professor Alison Tierney, Editor in Chief of Journal of Advanced Nursing, with editors of other journals as co-facilitators, including amongst others Professor Roger Watson, Editor, Journal of Clinical Nursing and Professor Judith Gedney Baggs, Editor, Research in Nursing and Health
Sponsor: Wiley Blackwell
Time: Breakfast debate, 08.00 - 08.50

Until recently traditional print journals have provided the main medium for disseminating scientific research. But journals have been changing fast over recent years with internet technology constantly opening up new possibilities.

In nursing we have an ever-increasing array of journals in which to publish our research, both in print and online. Do we now have too many journals? Do nurse researchers publish too many papers that don’t really add to existing knowledge? Are journal editors gate keepers or facilitators of research dissemination? Do traditional journals have value that open access journals can’t emulate (and vice versa)? How could journals of the future improve the uptake and impact of new knowledge and evidence for nursing practice and policy that derives from research?

These are some of the questions for discussion in small groups, with editors as facilitators, following a brief presentation from Alison Tierney outlining recent changes in journal publishing.

This fringe event aims to stimulate awareness in the nursing research community of the important changes taking place in journal publishing. It is targeted at conference participants at all levels of research experience, to encourage creative thinking about how nursing journals can maximise opportunities provided by the internet for faster, more effective research dissemination.

Presentation: Nursing journals of the future: a facilitated discussion (PDF, 3.1MB)


What's Happening in Yorkshire and the Humber?

Presenters: Irene Mabbott, Practice Development Co-ordinator (Evidence Based Practice), Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Dan Wolstenholme, Clinical Researcher, User Centred Healthcare Design, NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, South Yorkshire
Sponsor: RCN Research Society
Time: 13.35 - 14.20

Nurses particularly, have the potential to work in isolation from others and “reinvent the wheel” when it comes to ways of working, guidelines and seeking out new knowledge.  Having a region wide group to network through, use as a personal resource and gain support can be a real lifeline to both the experienced and novice researcher. Although the Yorkshire & the Humber RCN Research Society Group has been in existence for many years now, recently great changes have taken place with an emphasis on getting nurses, both clinical and academic into a fulfilling networking group and sharing skills, support and help.

As co-facilitators of this updated group, we are very keen to extend a friendly welcome to all our colleagues across the region and beyond. We would like to use this fringe event to show where we are up to with the group, highlight the updated website and share good practice from the region. Any members who wish to join the group and be added to the mailing list would be most welcome. We, the facilitators are very keen to explore new ways of keeping members in touch using the facilities we have available and maybe others too!

Presentation: What's Happening in Yorkshire and the Humber (PDF, 322KB)


The Economic Assessment Tool (EAT): a pragmatic methodology to support service improvement

Presenter: Iain Ryrie, Senior Fellow, Office for Public Management
Sponsor: RCN Research Society
Time: 13.35 - 14.20

The purpose of this event is to share a pragmatic methodology for assessing the costs and benefits of targeted services and interventions. Five key stages of the Economic Assessment Tool (EAT) will be described and their application demonstrated with reference to worked examples of innovative nursing practice.

The event is aimed at nurses based in clinical and academic settings who wish to incorporate an economic perspective into their research and service improvement activities. They will be invited to review and critique the EAT, including its outputs, and to consider its use in their own work.

Anticipated outputs from the event include:

  • appreciation of HM Treasury guidance for economic evaluations
  • understanding a five stage methodology for assessing costs and benefits
  • opportunities to review worked examples
  • reflections on attendees’ own practice and how economic assessment principles could be applied
  • economic assessment networking opportunities

Presentation: The Economic Assessment Tool (EAT): a pragmatic methodology to support service improvement (PDF, 353KB)


Questions about getting started with patient collaboration in research

Drop-in session with Pam Richards, patient research partner
Sponsor: RCN Research & Innovation Team
Time: 13.35 - 14.20

The opportunity for delegates interested in starting to collaborate with patients in research, to drop-in and ask Pam the questions they didn't want to ask in the Keynote Lecture.  This will be an informal drop-in session.


Playing the publication game

Presenters: Professor Peter Griffiths, School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Southampton, UK & Executive Editor, International Journal of Nursing Studies; Professor Ian Norman, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery, King's College London, UK & Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Nursing Studies; Dr Andrew Plume, Associate Director, Scientometrics & Market Analysis, Elsevier
Sponsor: Elsevier
Time: 17.30 - 18.15

At this event we will address strategies for successful publication by considering the consequences of a ‘Publish or perish’ culture. We will consider ethical issues in publication and how to meaningfully improve the quality of your publications and your success in the publications ‘game’. We will also give editors’ tips for publishing in English language journals and consider the use (and abuse) of publication metrics for assessing the quality of your publications, and that of the journals you choose to publish in.  Ultimately we will argue that there is no simple formula except to pay close attention to what journals are asking you to do and to spend time crafting a paper that has a clear message and is based on good science. But there are a number of pitfalls that you can avoid and which will maximise your chances of success.

Presentation: Playing the publication game (PDF, 1.6MB)


Wednesday 18 May 2011

Writing clinical papers for publication

Presenter: Professor Roger Watson, Editor, Journal of Clinical Nursing
Sponsor: Wiley Blackwell
Time: 13.20 - 14.05

This event is aimed explicitly at nurses in clinical practice who wish to publish in refereed nursing journals.  The difficulty some nurses in clinical practice find in getting published will be acknowledged and some practical advice on how to select topics, prepare manuscripts and submit paper will be addressed.  Specifically, issues around what is eligible for publication, for example, audit and pilot studies versus full research studies; suitable topics, for example, nursing workforce versus studies involving patients; suitable methods: randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and surveys; is the paper good enough? Is the topic new? Does it add anything substantial? Is it of national or international relevance? 

An outline of the publishing process and who is involved and hints and tips on how to make your paper more attractive to editors and reviewers will be covered and some practical tips on how to create writing time within a busy clinical schedule.  Finally, some advice on good writing techniques will be presented.


Clinical academic careers for nurses and midwives

Presenter: Dr David Foster, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer and Jo Powell, Senior Manager, NIHR Trainees Co-ordinating Centre
Sponsor: RCN Research & Innovation Team
Time: 13.20 - 14.05

Dr David Foster will give a short presentation on the development of clinical academic careers in England since the publication of the UKCRC (or 'Finch') report (UKCRC Subcommittee for Nurses in Clinical Research (Workforce) 2007) and the progress so far. Following this, he will lead a discussion on developments with the national clinical academic careers schemes for nurses and midwives. This will be an interactive session with full audience participation and so delegates with an interest in the development and sustainability of clinical academic careers around the world are warmly welcome to this fringe event.

Delegates with a particular interest in developments in England will be afforded the opportunity to meet with David and Jo in a 'surgery' session that will follow on from the fringe event. It will be possible to sign up for an appointment at David's surgery at the conference registration desk.

Reference: UKCRC Subcommittee for Nurses in Clinical Research (Workforce) 2007, Developing the best research professionals. Qualified graduate nurses: recommendations for preparing and supporting clinical academic nurses of the future, UKCRC, London

Presentation: Clinical academic careers for nurses and midwives (PDF, 127KB)


Assisting adjustment following disfigurement: interventions for health care professionals

Presenter: Professor Rob Newell, University of Bradford, and Professor Alex Clarke, Royal Free Hospital, London & University of the West of England, Bristol
Sponsor: RCN Research & Innovation Team
Time: 13.20 - 14.05

This fringe event draws on many years of research by the Appearance Research Collaboration (ARC) into adjustment following disfigurement to describe how people in clinical practice can support those with visible difference. The approach to treatment offered in this event is based on an accumulation of evidence based on the work of ARC and other researchers. The event is also useful for researchers interested in how a programme of research translates into interventions.

The event presents a stepped approach to care suitable across the range of health professionals and lay organisations. The event will enable you to:

  • Reflect on the impact of visible difference on people's lives
  • Identify areas in clinical practice where visible difference is an issue
  • Identify factors contributing to adjustment following disfigurement
  • Apply intervention and referral tactics to enhance adjustment following disfigurement

Presentation: Assisting adjustment following disfigurement: interventions for health care professionals (PDF, 393KB)




  1. The conference is about research and all contributions must be about research or a research related issue.
  2. The purpose of the fringe programme is to offer networking opportunities and to complement the scientific programme. It must therefore be distinctively different to the scientific programme.

If you would like to see the type of fringes that take place, details of the 2010 fringe programme are available via the 2010 conference website. If you would like details of your fringe to appear in the final announcement, please send your suggestions by 15 November 2010. The final announcement is available on-line in January 2011. The final date for suggesting fringes is 31 January 2011. These will be announced in the conference programme, which delegates receive at the start of the conference.