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RCN International Nursing Research conference and exhibition 2017

When: 05 Apr 2017 - 07 Apr
Where: University of Oxford Examination School, 75-81 The High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BG

Within the overarching theme of ‘influencing’, delegates will debate how research influences policy and political decision making. Using a range of formats, the extensive oral and poster programme will stimulate discussion on areas such as research methodology, patient experience, workforce issues, nursing policy and practice.

Paper of the Day and Poster of the day supported by the Journal of Research in Nursing and SAGE Publishing 

Research Paper of the Day Winners

- 5 April 17 - 2.3.3 Abstract number 272 Performances and positional spaces of siblings living in the context of cystic fibrosis. A dramaturgical perspective. Dr Amie Hodges, Cardiff University, UK. Chaired by Daniel Wolstenholm 'A truly innovative project pushing at the boundaries of what we are currently conceptualise as 'nursing' research. Truly giving voice to the young participants in a participating, creative process. The opportunities in the next 12 months include a play, a film, an exhibition - the possibilities are huge!'

5 April 17- 1.3.2 Abstract number 38 An exploration of breast health awareness: uncovering experiences of Saudi women. Norah Madkhali, Queens University Belfast, UK. Chaired by Julie McGarry 'This paper offered a passionate and engaging journey into the beliefs, values and cultural influences that impact on reporting by women and responses by professionals and within the particular context of Saudi culture. Has the potential to inform policy and practice and healthcare for women in this litt​le explored field of health and healthcare.'  

6 April 17 - 5.7.3  Abstract number 78 'Should we be selecting nursing students on the basis of their emotional intelligence?: findings from a prospective longitudinal study'. Dr Rosie Stenhouse, University of Edinburgh, UK. Chaired by Irene Mabbott, she said: 'A very current subject in light of getting students into nursing and being the 'right' workforce of the future. So much work is ongoing in the NHS at the moment about getting the right people into posts but this project looking at pre-registration is innovative and so right for the profession as a whole. Using validated tools, the project covered a wide range of variables - all relevant. A large cohort and the results are necessary for the future workforce. The session was informative, humorous and thought provoking.'

7 April 17 - 8.2.1 Abstract number 55 ‘Co-designing hepatitis C services’. Dr Ray Poll, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust, UK. Chaired by Rachel Taylor, she said: ‘Ray (and Daniel Wolstenholme) were able to show how it is possible to engage a population who are traditionally termed ‘hard to reach’ (drug users with HCV) to be involved in identifying issues related to accessing services but also working with stakeholders to transform/identify ways to improve access. I will be talking about this because from project conception to integration into practice there has been a very short time frame – the Gold Standard I think we should be striving for.’

Research Poster of the Day Winners

5 April 17 - Poster 19 Abstract 293 'Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?'. A Study exploring mother's lived experiences of abusive relationships and how to survive. Diane Phimister, Coventry University, UK.

6 April 17 - Poster 29 Abstract 206 'Exploring the reality of Clinical Research Nursing in acute NHS trusts: a qualitative study in four organisational case studies'. Helen Jones, Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, UK. 

- ​7 April 17 - Poster 39 Abstract 155 ‘What factors influence the continuity of care following completion of a clinical trial? A qualitative study of patient experiences’. Nicola Johnson, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, UK. 

Final Programme   Flyer/booking form    Why should I attend? 

View Prosfessor Trish Greenhalagh presentation here

Breaking programme news - panel members announced for 'Focussing on influencing' question time

Friday 7 April 3.35- 4.15pm 

Panel members: Lara Carmona, Associate Director - Policy, International and Parliamentary, Royal College of Nursing; Jane Ball, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton; Sally Kendall, Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health, University of Kent; Dr Abigail Masterson, Abi Masterson Consulting Ltd.

Chair: Jane Hughes, Deputy Director of Communications and Campaigns, Royal College of Nursing

New for 2017

There is a Light – an original performance presenting young patients’ perspectives on specialist cancer care in England. Meet colleagues on a similar career path at the PhD/Early Career Researcher Social and UK Nursing Professoriate Networking Event.

Conference programme available here.
Book of abstracts available here.

Keynote speakers confirmed for 2017

Keynote speaker biographies available here.

Trish Greenhalgh OBE, Professor of primary Care Health Sciences, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, UK
Jane Ball, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, UK
Sally Kendall, Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health, University of Kent, UK

Conference information

All registrations and pricing queries should be directed to the events registrations team.

We recommend attending all three days to maximise learning and networking time however, if you are unable to, a one or two day rate is available, see below.

How to book

Telephone bookings: +44 (0)29 2054 6460 

Email a completed booking form to

By post: see address details on booking form

Conference fees (ex.VAT)

Prices held for the fourth consecutive year

RCN member or international Non RCN member
Delegate rate
Full 3 day conference £375 (+VAT) £485 (+VAT)
2 days £300 (+VAT) £388 (+VAT)
1 day £225 (+VAT) £291 (+VAT)
Presenter rate (paper, poster, symposia, fringe)
Full 3 day conference £315 (+VAT) £410 (+VAT)

* If you wish to book the presenter rate or two days attendance please telephone +44 (0)29 2054 6460

  • all presenters are offered a discounted presenter rate - equivalent to 15% off the full three day conference fee. 
  • all international delegates are entitled to the RCN member rate at this conference
  • other discounts are available on conference fees including group discounts for three or more delegates (please see the discounts section below)
  • all prices are exclusive of VAT which will be charged at 20%
  • onsite registrations at the event will be subject to a 10% increase.

Additional discounts

  • nursing student (pre-registration only)/ associate retired/ HCA / AP: 40% discount
  • accredited RCN rep: 25% discount
  • RCN credit card: £15 discount
  • groups of 3 or more: 10% discount when booked together
  • only one discount can be used for each booking
  • discounts do not apply for accommodation

Travel to the venue

The Oxford Examination Schools has very good transport links, whether travelling by plane, bus or train. Buses from Heathrow and Gatwick stop directly outside the venue as does the Oxford Tube (coach service) from London. Click here to view more information.


There is a range of accommodation available in Oxford from university halls to hotels and bed & breakfasts. As a lot of the city centre is owned and managed by the university, a university hall of residence may offer the best located and best priced accommodation as well as an authentic Oxford experience.

You can book a room at a range of colleges direct via the following online service; these range from simple study bedrooms at £37 per night to four person apartments at £225 per night.

Alternatively, Experience Oxfordshire offer an accommodation service. How to contact:

Call +44 (0)1865 686430 (option 2 – accommodation) or email


Stand 1: LV=
Stand 2: NIHR
Stand 3: Research Quality Association
Stand 4: Sage Publishing
Stand 5: Routledge
Stand 6: RCN Library and Archive Services
Stand 7: RCNi
Stand 9: Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
Stand 10: Wiley

Abstract Management System

Presenters can log into the Abstract Management System here to view previously submitted abstracts and results.

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Event Contact

Jane Edey
Conference and Events Organiser
Tel: 02076473578