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25th International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference 2019

12 Sep 2019 09:00 - 13 Sep 16:00

RCN London, 20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London, W1G 0RN

An exciting and informative programme of talks, debates and presentations about transforming mental health care services.

Join us at this premier international conference as we explore developments in mental health nursing research, education and practice.  Discover how nurse-led initiatives are influencing the global mental health agenda and improving quality of life for people living with mental health difficulties.

This two day conference provides an opportunity to:

  • share your research, critical thinking, practice development or education initiative with an international audience  
  • hear from renowned keynote speakers, leading researchers with practitioner and service user backgrounds, and both practice and education developers
  • network with like-minded colleagues, including those starting out in their careers through to experts in the field
  • engage in constructive debate amongst an inclusive, supportive audience and discuss the evidence that is transforming mental health practice at local, national and international levels
  • contribute to your professional development and revalidation requirements.
    This international conference is open to all health professionals, educators, practice developers, researchers, service users and carers who share an interest in connecting the global to the local in the mental health context.

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RCN London
20 Cavendish Square

20 Cavendish Square is located behind John Lewis, Oxford Street.

Visitor car parking

Q-Park Oxford Street is an underground car park situated underneath Cavendish Square.  You can pre-book your parking by visiting the Q-Park website.


The nearest stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street.


There are many buses routes that stop nearby, including the 10, 25, 55, 73, 98 and 390.


London has five major airports: London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton and London Stansted.

  • London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports have dedicated express train services into central London.

  • London Heathrow and City airports are directly connected to the Tube network.

  • National Express, Easybus and Greenline coach transfers run 24 hours a day and start as low as £2 when booked in advance.

About Lonodn

For more information on London as a destination please visit; the official city guide to London.  



For any queries about this event please contact

The Events team, RCN


•  020 7647 3577


Key dates
The call for abstracts will open Monday 11 February 2019 and close at midnight on Monday 22 April 2019

Abstract submission deadline now extended to midnight on Sunday 28 April 2019

The scientific committee will meet in May 2019 to review submissions. Submitters can expect to be notified in writing with the outcome week commencing 10 June 2019.

When you submit your abstract please ensure you print a copy for your records. If you wish to confirm your abstract has been received or to request a copy of this please contact 

Criteria for abstract selection
Criteria for abstract selection 
Guidelines for submitting an abstract 
We strongly recommend that you read guidelines for submitting an abstract and criteria before preparing your submission. All abstracts must be submitted online through the Abstract Management System (AMS) which can be found here.  

Abstracts reflecting any of the themes listed below are particularly invited, though abstracts falling more generally within the mental health field are also welcome.

Theme 1: Promoting mental health, preventing mental illness
Theme 2: Capability, capacity and creativity
Theme 3: Rights-based approaches to mental health

Types of conference presentations

Authors will be asked to identify their preferred mode of presentation from the list below when submitting their abstract.  

Concurrent session (350 words)

Concurrent papers are presented orally and will be 15 minutes in length with a further 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

Poster presentation (350 words)

Exhibited on one day of the conference, poster presentations are a significant part of the conference proceedings and presenters will have an excellent opportunity to interact with delegates. A poster is a way of visually conveying information about your work. Therefore posters should be visually stimulating and legibly presented. Presenters will be expected to make themselves available to speak with delegates during identified poster viewing times. Exhibited on one day of the conference, posters are visual displays of material.

Symposium (350 words per paper)

We welcome symposia that group 3-4 papers together on a central coherent strand of relevance to the conference theme. Submissions for symposia should clearly indicate the proposed chair, the list of papers and presenters, provide abstracts as per the abstract guidelines for each paper and allow sufficient time for discussion. The total amount of time available will be 70 minutes for symposia.

Workshop (500 words)
Proposals are invited for workshops relating to the conference themes. The workshops could focus on aspects of education, practice or research. Workshops will be 70 minutes in length.

Further guidance on how to prepare your abstract for the different types of presentation can be found in the guidelines for submitting an abstract.

Any questions?
If you have any questions regarding the submissions process or if you are a first time presenter looking for additional assistance please contact 


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 mental health nursing.

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 mental health nursing
  • a learning opportunity to develop your communication and presenting skills
  • an excellent opportunity for networking, expanding your knowledge and promoting your work to an international audience.

Who can present?
Whether you are a first time or experienced presenter, if you are engaged in a research project, practice development or education initiative that addresses current challenges within the field of mental health, then we want to hear from you!
We welcome submissions from health professionals including student nurses, educators, practice developers, researchers, service users and carers. This includes those working in NHS, private and voluntary sectors, universities and colleges.



If you are interested in how nurse-led initiatives are shaping the global mental health agenda, would like an opportunity to share good practice and network with like-minded colleagues, then this this this conference is aimed at you.

Benefits of attending
Accrue up to 14 hours of CPD to count towards your revalidation
Discover the latest developments and research in the field of mental health. 
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, 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 those questions you want answers to 

Is this conference for me?
The conference is open to RCN members and non-members and aims to support nurses and members of the nursing family, as well as allied healthcare professionals, 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 mental health are also welcome to attend.

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.

To book your place call RCN Event Registrations on 029 2054 6460 (Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm).

For any other queries please contact:
RCN Events
Tel: 0207 647 3577


Booking for the conference will open on 11 February 2019

RCN member / International / Presenter £250.00 + VAT (£300.00)
RCN non-member £370.00 +VAT (£444.00)
Student Member/ Student Presenter / Service User £150.00 +VAT (£180.00)
Conference Dinner £37.50 +VAT (£45.00)

If you wish to book the presenter rate please telephone 02920546460.

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. 

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 3577.


We are delighted to announce that the Students in Partnership scheme will be running in 2019.

Pre-registration nursing students submitting an abstract for the conference are welcome to apply under the scheme. The top two scoring abstract submissions from pre-registration students selected to present at the conference will be supported with the costs of their travel and accommodation up to a maximum of £300. Please contact for further details.

All RCN student members wishing to attend the conference will qualify for the discounted conference fee of £150 plus VAT. Not a member? Join today to qualify for the discounted conference fee.  


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