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RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2018

16 Apr 2018 10:00 - 18 Apr 16:30

College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

CPD hours: 27

Influence and shape nursing practice through evidence and innovation

Book of abstracts ISBN 978-1-912739-00-4 available here 

Please see location tab for information on travel and accommodation. 

Exchange views with opinion-formers and leading researchers at this important nursing research event and lead transformation in nursing through evidence-based practice.

The leading international nursing research conference is open to RCN members and non-members and is designed to support nurses, as well as allied healthcare professionals working in academic, clinical and professional settings in the UK and around the world. This includes those working in the NHS (UK), independent and voluntary sectors, universities, colleges, health charity organisations and government offices.

Download programme here

Themes include: 
Workplace stress/resilience
Older people 
Safe staffing
Newly qualified nurses 
Methodological innovation 
Patient experience
Critical care 
District nursing and patient care
Mental health nursing 

See what some of 2017’s 300 plus delegates had to say:

“The presentations were well organised. The conference enabled me to gain a good insight into qualitative research approaches.”
“I love the diversity of the presentations but was particularly pleased to see that clinical research nursing was on the agenda this year.”
“Very good experience and I now feel more encouraged and confident as a PhD student.”
“I think it was an excellent opportunity to catch up with my colleagues in other institutions nationally and internationally!"
“Exceeded my expectations. It was an excellent conference. This is the first time I attended.”
“There was an excellent standard of presentation and these were logically organised within the concurrent sessions.”
“High calibre of oral presentations and discussion.”


To book your place please contact the RCN Events Registration team on

Monday to Friday (9am-4.30pm)
+44 (0) 29 20546460
For any other queries please contact the Research Team
Tel +44 (0) 207 6473578
Fax +44 (0) 207 6473411

College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

The principal base of the college is part of the main campus of the university in Edgbaston, adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, and with a number of other key buildings both on and off campus. Other NHS trust partners are also on the same campus, including Birmingham Women’s Hospital and the Barberry Hospital. 

Situated in the largest health care region in the UK, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, the college is positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight outstanding specialist institutes.


Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation.

The link below will take you to Birmingham Convention Bureau’s dedicated webpage for the International Nursing Research Conference. Using the buttons on the information tab you can link to details about places to go during free time, delegate discounts and accommodation.

Accommodation can be booked through the webpage. To secure your preferred hotel, we recommend early booking. Please note there is no accommodation available on the University campus. 

Travel information office

There is a travel information office outside Birmingham New Street Station, where you can obtain bus timetables and departure point information. Maps can be found throughout the city centre indicating bus stop locations.

You can also access Network West Midlands' Live Travel Map for current rail and bus information.



Most cross-country services to Birmingham arrive at New Street Station. Up to six trains an hour depart for the University on the cross-city line (ten minutes to University Station, final destination Longbridge or Redditch). The centre of the main campus is a five-minute walk from University Station.

By taxi

There are taxi ranks at New Street Station and throughout the city centre. The journey to the university takes about ten minutes. 


Birmingham International Airport has direct flights from locations in the UK, as well as from the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

The journey by taxi from the airport to the university takes approximately half an hour. Alternatively, Air-Rail Link provides a free, fast connection between the airport terminals and Birmingham International railway station. Air-Rail Link operates every two minutes (journey time 90 seconds). Birmingham International railway station has frequent services to New Street Station in the city centre (journey time around 15 minutes). 

If you are arriving at London, there is a frequent train service from London Euston railway station to New Street Station (journey time around 1 hour 30 minutes).

  • From Heathrow Airport. Take the Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station and then the underground or a taxi to Euston Station. Alternatively, an Airbus runs from Heathrow Airport direct to Euston Station
  • From Gatwick Airport. Take the Airport Express train to Victoria Station and then the underground or a taxi to Euston Station

By car

Approaching from the north west or south east along the M6

  • Leave at Junction 6 (signposted Birmingham Central) to join the A38(M)
  • At the end of the motorway, keep to the right, go over a flyover, then through some underpasses to join the A38 Bristol Road
  • The university is on your right, two and a half miles from the city centre.

Approaching from the M42 north:

  • Leave at Junction 8 to join the M6 northbound and follow the instructions above.

Approaching from the south west:

  • Leave the M5 at Junction 4 signposted Birmingham SW) to join the A38
  • The university is approximately eight miles from the motorway.

Approaching from the M40:

  • It is easier to turn south on the M42 and leave at junction 1, heading north on the A38 Bristol Road
  • The university is approximately eight miles from the motorway

Visitor car parking

Visitors to campus are requested to park in our pay and display car parks:

  • North East Multistorey car park (access via Pritchatts Road) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SA
  • North Car Park (access via Pritchatts Rd) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2SB
  • Pritchatts Road Car Park (at the junction with Vincent Drive) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2QU
  • Pritchatts Park Village (Pritchatts Rd) Sat Nav B15 2QX

Visitor charges (at August 2017)

  • Up to 1 hour £2.00
  • 1-3 hours £3.00
  • 3-5 hours £4.00
  • 5-8 hours £6.00

Long-stay parking information will be provided shortly.

Please be advised that enforcement procedures are in place in all university parking areas and penalty notices may be issued to any driver that fails to comply with the University Traffic Regulations.

For maps

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)

We strongly recommend that you attend the full three days of the conference to maximise learning and networking time.

However if you do wish to book the two days attendance rate please telephone 02920546460.

Pricing Grid – Prices shown are exclusive of VAT, which is charged at the prevailing rate of 20%.

When making payment please remember to add 20% VAT.

Presenter rate

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

The main presenter and one co-presenter are offered a rate equivalent to 15% off the full three-day conference.

For symposium submissions one presenter per paper is eligible for the presenter rate up to a maximum of five presenters.

We regret that the presenter rate cannot be offered on the one or two day conference fee. 

Deadline for booking the presenter rate - Friday 23 February 2018.

The outcomes of the abstract submissions will be published on Friday 12 January 2018. 

The outcome of late breaking abstract and fringe submissions will be published on Friday 26 January 2018.

International delegates

All international delegates attending this event are entitled to the RCN member rate.


We are delighted to confirm that the RCN Students In Partnership Scheme will be running again in 2018. 

To help pre-registration nursing students gain experience of presenting professional nursing knowledge, the RCN is offering two discretionary funded places at this conference to students who are RCN members and who submit an abstract which is accepted for presentation. Each student will be supported to attend on the day they are presenting.  The top two scoring abstracts submissions from pre-registration students will be supported with the costs of their travel, accommodation and registration up to a maximum of £300. Please contact for further information. 

All RCN Student members (pre-registration only) in full-time nursing education will qualify for a 40% discount on the registration fee. Not a member? Join today to qualify for the 40% discounted rate.

Discounts available

Note: only one discount can be used for each booking.

Group discount – three or more delegates booking at the same time
10% off each registration fee

RCN Nursing Student members (pre-registration only)
Associate retired
40% discount on quoted prices inclusive of VAT

Accredited RCN Trade Union Representative
25% discount on quoted prices inclusive of VAT

RCN credit card
£15 discount off quoted prices inclusive of VAT is available if you pay using an RCN credit card.

How to book

All booking forms must be accompanied by payment/remittance advice.
When making payment please remember to add 20% VAT

Download the booking form here and post with your remittance advice to
Event Registrations
PO Box 2329
CF23 8YZ

Phone 029 2054 6460 (payment with credit card/Maestro)

Fax this booking form to 029 2054 6489 with your credit card details

Join us at this flagship event and hear from opinion formers and leading researchers about the exciting developments in nursing research.  Lead transformation by strengthening nursing as an evidence based profession, exchange ideas with colleagues and add to your CPD by learning about cutting edge developments in research methodology and the latest research findings.

Attending this event will provide you with a quality assured opportunity to experience how research advances nursing practice. The conference provides a friendly, safe opportunity to contribute to end of session discussions and encourages questions to nursing leaders.

See our template letter and hints on how to justify your attendance and secure funding.

The benefits of attending include:

  • accruing up to 27 hours of continuing professional development - for UK nurses CPD counts towards your revalidation
  • hear how research is addressing contemporary nursing issues from leading keynote speakers
  • consider colleagues' research, how you can use their findings to inform yours and colleagues' nursing practice
  • learn about cutting edge innovation in research methods, policy and management

Is this conference for me?

The conference is open to RCN members and non-members and is designed to support nurses and members of the nursing community working in academic, clinical and professional settings in the UK and overseas. This includes those working in the NHS (UK), independent and voluntary sectors, universities, colleges, health charity organisations and government offices.

Students and those either wishing to pursue a career, or interested in research related to nursing are also welcome to attend. See conference fee page for student discount information.

Download programme here 

Professor Davina Allen

Davina Allen is a Professor of Healthcare Delivery and Organisation and Deputy Head of School (Research and Innovation) in the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University. A medical sociologist with a clinical background in nursing, Davina has an international research profile spanning 26 years. Beginning with studies of inter-professional working and in particular the organisation of nursing practice, her work has evolved to include a combination of sociological studies of organisational phenomena and a growing portfolio of large-scale applied research projects.
Her current research includes the development and application of Translational Mobilization Theory (in collaboration with Carl May), a programme of translational work on the organisational component of nursing practice, and empirical investigations of paediatric early warning systems, the use of patient experience data for quality improvement and referral pathways in the management of acute alcohol intoxication in the night-time environment.
She was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2016, and is a Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellow, Q Community member and Health Social Care Wales Faculty Lead Researcher. She is holds a Professor II post (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and is an Editor of Sociology of Health & Illness. In her spare time, she enjoys walking and running (slowly) with her dog (Hendrix) and gardening.

Janet Davies, FRCN

Janet Davies is the Chief Executive and General Secretary for the Royal College of Nursing. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. The RCN promotes patient and nursing interests on a wide range of issues by working closely with the Government, the UK parliaments and other national and European political institutions, trade unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations.
The key priorities for the Royal College of Nursing are to represent nurses and nursing, promoting excellence in professional and Trade Union practices and to help to shape health and social care policies.
Prior to this appointment, Janet was one of the Executive Director’s at the Royal College of Nursing (joining in September 2005) and had the strategic lead for nursing and service delivery to its members. Previous to joining the RCN, she had a long career as a Nurse within the NHS. She was Director of Nursing in West Lancashire and Liverpool and Chief Executive of Mersey Regional Ambulance Service.
Janet holds a BSc (Hons) Degree and MBA. She is a qualified RGN & RMN and a Fellow of the RCN.

Professor Michael Traynor

Michael read English Literature at Cambridge University, then completed nursing and health visiting training. He worked at the Royal College of Nursing in London and at the Centre for Policy in Nursing Research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is now Professor of Nursing Policy at the Centre for Critical Research in Nursing and Midwifery at Middlesex University. He is editor of the journal Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine. He recently wrote Critical Resilience for Nurses, published by Routledge in March 2017. He is currently writing Tales of Resilience: stories from the front lines of nursing.

Anita Charlesworth

Anita Charlesworth is the Director of Research and Economics at the Health Foundation, and Honorary Professor in the College of Social Sciences at the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham. Before joining the Health Foundation in May 2014, Anita was Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust (2010-14) where she led the Trust’s work on health care financing and market mechanisms. Prior to that she had roles as Chief Analyst and Chief Scientific Advisor at DCMS (2007-10), Director of Public Spending at the Treasury (1998-2007), where she led the team working with Sir Derek Wanless on his 2002 reform of NHS funding and worked as an Economic Advisor at DH and for SmithKline Beecham pharmaceuticals.  She has worked as a non-executive director in the NHS – for Islington PCT (2007-2011) and The Whittington Hospital (2011-2016). She was specialist advisor to the House of Lords' select committee on the long-term sustainability of the NHS. Anita has an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York and is a Trustee of Tommy’s, the baby charity. She was awarded a CBE in The Queen's 2017 Birthday Honours List for Services to Economics and Health Policy.



RQA (Research Quality Association)
National Institute for Health Research
Sage Publishing
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Yorkshire & Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC)
Wolters Kluwer                                                                               
University of Sheffield                                                                
RCN Library and Archive Services

For guidelines on oral presentations, please click here. 

For guidelines on presenting a ViPER, please click here.

For guidelines on poster presentations, please click here.

The poster of the day and paper of the day is supported by the Journal of Research in Nursing and SAGE Publishing.

Poster of the day 16 April 18
Poster number 1
Elizabeth Lumley, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
An exploratory study to review written nursing documentation.

Paper of the day 16 April 18
Heather Williams, London NW Healthcare Trust
Can care costs rise as patients gain independence through rehabilitation? A post hoc analysis of prospectively collected data.
Rigorous study showing that helping people to become more independent can actually raise costs in some cases. Beautiful method, important finding with massively ethical consequences.

Poster of the day 17 April 18
Poster number 24
Dr Marie Girdham, East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, UK
District nurse views on improving the transfer of care from hospital to blame.

Paper of the day 17 April 18
Dr Jenny Sim, University of Wollongong, Australia
Making nursing matter – using actionable data to improve patient outcomes.
Jenny made apparent the challenges of defining metrics/data measurements and types of indicators used but also imbued sense of the reason why it matters throughout the presentation and wanted to gather data that could help people be proud of nursing, not just metrics of failure. Breakaway from the Flick and Tick approach to assessment.

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