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Nursing education and professional development: the global perspective

Conference and exhibition hosted by the RCN Education Forum

When: 21 Mar 2017 - 22 Mar
Where: Cardiff City Hall, Gorsedd Gardens Road, Cardiff, CF10 3ND

Are you interested in the future of nursing education and practice in the UK? Join this conference to discuss latest developments, learn new knowledge and influence future practice

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To book onto this event please fill in and return the booking form, or call our friendly registrations team on 02920 546 460.

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Confirmed keynote speaker:

Professor Dame Jill MacLeod ClarkRecalibrating Nurse Education Standards Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark, Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in the University of Southampton, is leading on the NMC’s work to develop new standards of proficiency for the future graduate registered nurse. These are standards that must be met by all nursing students on NMC approved programmes prior to entry to the register. It is essential that these new standards are accessible, outcome focused and fit for the future, embracing the values set out in the Code. During this keynote Jill will update delegates on the project, share the journey to date and the vision for the future of undergraduate nursing.

Recalibrating Nurse Education Standards workshops

These workshops which will take place on day 1 and day 2 of the conference and will be hosted by Pauline Walsh, Chair of the RCN Education Forum, will provide you with the unique opportunity to have your say and influence the future of undergraduate nursing education in the UK. How should we be developing world class nursing staff that will support better outcomes for patients and be the future clinical leaders? Join us at this workshop to explore what the future framework of nursing education should look like and discuss the NMC's proposals: the recommendations and feedback from these workshops will be passed to the NMC to assist with future development.

Setting the scene to the workshops

Developing nursing standards that are fit for the future

The current pre-registration standards for nursing were published in 2010 and since then we have seen unprecedented change in healthcare. Work has begun on developing new standards that are outcome focused and fit for the future, embracing the values set out in the Code.

This work is being led by Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark, Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in the University of Southampton. She is working closely with a group of thought leaders, representing nurses from across the four fields of practice and the four countries.

The new standards will apply across all current fields of practice and all healthcare settings, from acute to community. They will give all nurses, regardless of field, an understanding of mental health care and physical care. They will also reflect the growing focus on public health and health education.

New for 2017:

  • Panel discussions: your opportunity to ask the experts questions you want answers to
  • Updates on the work of the RCN and how to get involved
  • The 4 country perspective: understand what’s happening across the sector
  • The global and 4 country perspective

Why attend?

  • accrue over 15 hours of CPD
  • 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. 
  • 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.

Testimonials from 2016:

"This conference was friendly and informative. Even for a novice presenter it felt like a safe, supportive environment to share experience."

"Excellent variety of posters and presentations. Feel very inspired - my head is buzzing with ideas. I am more proud than ever to be a nurse and amongst such company!"

"A real opportunity to explore 'hot topics' with key experts and like-minded clinicians/educators. I will return to my Trust bursting with ideas to share and consider as an option to utilise in the workplace. I look forward to next year!"

Is this conference for me?

This conference is designed to support all healthcare educators from around the UK and the globe in the clinical and professional setting. 

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 warmly encouraged to attend. 

Conference fees

(incl. VAT): RCN member: £300 Non-member: £440


Please note a maximum of 2 presenters (main presenter and a named co-presenter) will qualify for the presenter rate of £255.00. All speakers must be registered for the conference by Friday 3rd February 2017. 

If you have any queries please contact

Presenter guidance:

Concurrent presenters
Poster presenters Symposia presenters First time presenters
Presenter FAQs Presenter abstract acceptance form


If you are looking to source accommodation for the duration of the event you may find this useful:

Closest hotels to Cardiff City Hall:

Jurys Inn Cardiff
Park Plaza Cardiff
Hilton Cardiff
Premier Inn Cardiff City Centre
Travelodge Queen St
Marriot Cardiff
Radisson Blu Cardiff


Exhibit with the RCN and reach your target audience!

The RCN Education Forum national conference and exhibition provides you with an unrivalled opportunity to connect directly with a significant group of the UK's leading specialist education nurses.

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, this includes hosting a sponsored education session as part of the main conference programme.

For exhibition packages and sponsorship opportunities, please download the sales brochure or contact the sales team, information below.

Availability is limited and bookings will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, so please contact Helen Percy at your earliest convenience to discuss tailored packages to help achieve specific objectives.

Contact: Helen Percy


Tel: 01442 870143

Exhibitor List

Stand 1    Routledge
Stand 2    
Stand 3   
ALK Abelló Ltd
Stand 4    
Clinical Pocket Reference
Stand 5   
EMD Services
Stand 6   
ARC Technology Ltd
Stand 7   
Linc Medical Systems Ltd
Stand 8   
Stand 9    
Stand 10 
Sage Publishing
Stand 11 
School of Care Sciences, Faculty of Life Science and Education, University of South Wales
Stand 12 
Guidelines for Nurses
Stand 13  
Stand 14 
Association of Advanced Practice Educators UK (AAPE UK)
Stand 15 
RCN Wales
Stand 16 
RCN Library
Stand 17 
Stand 18 

Event Contact

Liz Russ, 
Conference and Events Organiser