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Living well in older age: preventative and anticipatory care

RCN Older People’s Forum and BGS Joint Conference

19 Oct 2018

Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN

Booking now open

Click here to submit your abstract 

A healthy old age requires good preparation. This year’s conference focusses on the preventative and anticipatory actions we can take both individually and as a society in order to live well in older age. That might be mass vaccination to prevent flu, tailored risk reduction in dementia or composing an advanced direction. 

The theme of this year’s conference embraces a wide range of conference possibilities relating to older people’s care. 

The BGS offer a limited number of grants to attend conferences, please follow this link to find out more about how to apply:


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Royal College of Nursing
20 Cavendish Square

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


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.

Abstracts are invited for concurrent, symposia and workshop presentations under one of the below themes: 

Anticipatory care
Prevention of ill health
Promotion of health and wellbeing

Abstracts should be 300 words maximum. 

Abstracts should be a concise summary of the main points from your presentation. The abstract should be jargon-free and indicate clear aims and objectives. 




Concurrent sessions are 25 minutes in duration. The presenter is allocated a maximum of 20 minutes to speak followed by 5 minutes for questions and discussion. 


A symposium is an oral presentation with a shared focus with more than one paper being presented. The duration of a symposium for this conference is normally 40 minutes in duration. 35 minutes to speak followed by 5 minutes for questions. Authors wishing to submit papers as a symposium must nominate a symposium leader to complete a SINGLE online submission detailing all of the papers to be considered together as part of the symposium. 


A workshop should be more of an interactive presentation. Usually with individual or group exercises giving delegates the opportunity to reflect and share with clear learning outcomes. A workshop is usually 40 minutes in duration with time for questions and interactions being factored in during this 40 minutes. 

The call for abstracts will open at 9am on Monday 11 June 2018 and close at midnight on Monday 13 August 2018. 

Submitters can expect to be notified via email with the outcome on Friday 31 August 2018. 


All participants selected to present papers must register by the deadline prescribed in the acceptance letter for the conference to be eligible to present. 

Only the main presenter and one named co-presenter will be eligible to qualify for the presenter rate to attend the conference. 

The conference committee regrets it is unable to meet any accommodation, travel or subsistence expenses. 

You can download a booking form at: or call 02920 546460 to book your place. 


All presenters are fully responsible for ensuring the content of their abstract and presentation does not infringe any existing third party copyright or other intellectual property right.  

Presenters are therefore required to confirm at the time of submitting their abstract online that they are either the copyright owner of the work being submitted as part of the abstract for presentation at this conference, or that they have obtained the written permission of the copyright owner(s) to present their work at the event. This also applies to the use of any drawing, photography or other illustration, or multi-media content included in the presentation.

All abstracts submitted which are subsequently accepted for presentation will be published in a book of abstracts which will be made available on the website ahead of the Conference for delegates to download. The book of abstracts may also be published after the conference in both print and electronic format and stored in the RCNs library. The RCN may also look to record presentations at the conference to broadcast after the event via the RCN website or any of its associated educational platforms.

If your work is accepted for presentation you will be sent a speaker form for completion which will detail the intended uses of your work and enables you to agree or opt out of any of the above uses. If you have any queries regarding copyright and intellectual property permissions please contact

Before you submit your abstract online please ensure you have read the below abstract submission terms and conditions. If you have any questions please contact the Event Organiser, Loredana at 

You will submit your abstract online using our abstract management system. 

Once your abstract has been submitted you should receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive this within 24 hours of submitting please contact 

Please ensure all mandatory sections of the online submissions form (denoted by *) are completed. 

These are the questions you can expect when submitting your abstract: 

Personal information

Please include your details, as well as those of the author and any named co-presenters. 

1. Professional title (if applicable) 
2. First name*
3. Surname*
4. Qualifications
5. Job title*
6. Workplace*
7. Preferred mailing address*
8. Day time telephone number*
9. Mobile number
10. RCN membership no. (if applicable)
11. BGS membership no. (if applicable) 
12. Email address*
13. Co-presenter details (if applicable) 
14. Professional biography (written in third person, no more than 100 words)*

Abstract information

1. Title of paper*
2. Preferred type of presentation (concurrent/symposia/workshop)*
3. Presentation theme (anticipatory care/ prevention/ promotion of health and wellbeing/ leadership)* 
4. Aim of paper*
5. A 300 word abstract of you presentation*
6. Three intended learning outcomes
7. Three recommended reading titles
8. First time presenter at a conference – yes/no*


Use our template letter to help you get the time off work to attend and secure funding – Justify your attendance 

Attend this conference to:

Find out what preventative and anticipatory actions we can take to help people live well in older age
Learn about evidence based developments in preventative older people’s care
Explore new solutions to older people’s care
Celebrate and recognise the leadership of nurses and medical staff in service development both in the independent sector and NHS
Share specialist expert research, knowledge and practice
Accrue valuable CPD hours
Be part of a multi-disciplinary audience which facilitates a great networking experience 


Comments from delegates last year…

“An excellent, well-run inspirational event. Great examples of successful collaborations.”
“Great topics and speakers. It was really good to see the work other teams are doing across the country to improve care of older people.”
“The event is very good value for money as it is informative and professionally presented. All of the speakers/contributors were of the highest quality. I would not hesitate to recommend this or any other RCN conference to my colleagues.”
“An excellent event for learning about what others are doing in practice and networking with colleagues.”

To book your place, contact the RCN Event Registrations Team

Loredana D'Andrea, Conference and Events Organiser

Ways to book

  1.  Book Online (see below guidelines)
  2.  Call our Registrations Team on 02920546460 - *Lines open 9.30 -16.30 Monday to Friday
  3.  Download, complete and email your booking form to
  4.  Download, complete and fax your booking form to 02920546489
  5.  Download, complete and post your booking form to the below address.

RCN Event Registrations
PO Box 2329
CF23 8YZ

Please note – all bookings require full payment in order to secure your place at the event.

Online Booking Guidelines

Online bookings require full payment using a Debit or Credit card.

If you are booking on behalf of someone else you will be required to register on the RCN Website (MyRCN) in order to complete a booking. If you are booking on behalf of an RCN Member, please ensure you have their membership number to hand before starting your booking.

If you are an RCN Member you will be required to enter your RCN Membership number to obtain the relevant attendance fee (where applicable).

If you are Presenting at an Event please call our registrations team on 02920546460 as these special rates cannot be booked online.

If you have any queries regarding your booking, please call our friendly registrations team on 02920546460 or drop us an email at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Terms & Conditions

You can read our full Terms & Conditions at