RCN Education Forum National Conference & Exhibition 2021

Stepping up: educating the nursing workforce in challenging times

20 Apr 2021 - 21 Apr


In a year where COVID-19 has presented the greatest global health crisis of our time, this conference will provide an opportunity for reflection and showcase how the nursing profession has prepared and responded in a pandemic.

Booking is now open for the first virtual RCN Education Conference

With over 30 hours of CPD all accessible at your fingertips, inspiring nurse leaders and educators will showcase how they have innovated and adapted in a rapidly evolving situation; and will be ready to take your all-important questions. 

What’s more, the move to a virtual conference means you will now enjoy additional benefits including:

  • A 50% discount on the standard two-day conference rate
  • Extended access to the conference recording
  • Additional CPD hours with all presentations available to view on demand to inform your reflective account for revalidation

This conference will be hosted on Hopin; a word leading all-in-one virtual event platform.

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The conference is open to all nurses, student nurses, healthcare assistants and allied health professionals working in the academic, clinical and professional setting in the UK and overseas. This includes those working in NHS, independent and voluntary sectors, universities and colleges.

By attending this conference you will have unrivalled opportunity to hear the latest developments, share good practice and network with colleagues.


Benefits of attending:

With over 30 hours of content, participating in this event will enable you to:

  • Identify new, diverse and innovative approaches to inclusive education
  • Discuss the challenge of being responsive and agile in the face of adversity
  • Contribute to the discourse on the future of education following extraordinary events
  • Evaluate a range of leadership strategies in learning, teaching and assessment
  • Describe, cascade and apply strategies for delivering high quality education to upskill the workforce at pace.

Need a helping hand with securing time off or funding to participate? Please download these helpful hints and tips.

Here’s what some of our past attendees thought:

"I thought it was a full packed programme my head was reeling with such inspirational topics, facts new information, good working practices and patient care."


"Motivational, inspirational, future vision, a positive influence and uplift to my sometimes tired jaded worry of what is going to happen to our patients. Brings me down to my grass roots and secures and "roots " me back into my passion and love of nursing. Also reassures me of the multi-faceted work of the RCN in all areas that Nurses, AHCP are supported and developed continually in a fast demanding world. Keeping ahead of the times and guiding us into the future.


"The conference is not only enjoyable as you are sharing knowledge and skills with likeminded people who have the passion to take nursing and education forward, but it also gives the opportunity to open new doors and pathways to network and bring together excellent and innovative ideas. This ultimately enriches and drives the nursing profession."

Conference fees



RCN member £125.00 £25.00 £150.00 (Previously £300)
Non-RCN member £185.00 £37.00 £222.00 (Previously £450)
RCN member pre-reg student, retired, health practitioner (40% discount) £75.00 £15.00 £90.00
RCN representatives (25% discount) £93.75 £18.75 £112.50


Please note as the conference fees are discounted by 50% there will be no presenter rate for the 2021 conference.

Discounts - conditions and exclusions

  • 10% group discount is applicable on 3 or more conference places
  • Discount offers cannot be combined. Only one discount can be used for each booking whether it is an individual or group booking
  • RCN member: pre-reg student, retired, health practitioner  (40% discount) - this discount is strictly for RCN members.
  • Only students that are enrolled in a pre-registration nursing programme will qualify for a 40% discount

If you are booking 3 or more places and not using any other discounts please ring our RCN Events Registration phone line or download and complete a booking form.

VAT is charged at the prevailing rate of 20%. When making payment please remember to add 20% VAT. If you are being funded by your employer, RCN Events can provide an invoice. Just complete a booking form and ask your finance team to send this along with a purchase order to education@rcn.org.uk

Presenter registration – deadline: FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2021

In order to be eligible to present, all presenters must register for the conference by Friday 12 February 2021. Failure to do so may result in your abstract being removed from the final conference programme. As the main presenter you are responsible for co-ordinating the registration of your co-presenters (if applicable) in addition to yourself.

Please note there will be no presenter rate for this conference as the standard conference fee has been heavily discounted.

To book your place, please download and complete the booking form from our website, or call +44 (0)29 2054 6460. Note you will need to quote your abstract reference number upon booking.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and uncertainty around in-person events, plans are now underway to host an engaging and interactive conference experience on Hopin; a world leading all-in-one virtual event platform. Presenters will be contacted in January to confirm the technical arrangements and guidance for delivering their session.


Types of conference presentation

Concurrent sessions

Concurrent sessions will be delivered as a 15-minute pre-recorded video presentation to minimise the risk of technical issues on the day. Presenters will be expected to participate in a 5-minute live Q&A session with delegates following the presentation which will be facilitated by a chair


Posters will be presented as part of a poster tour during the breaks and facilitated by a chair. Presenters will have a 5-minute slot to present their poster and take any questions from delegates. Posters should be visually stimulating in design and convey clear aims and outcomes.


ViPERS will be delivered as 10-minute pre-recorded video presentation to minimise the risk of technical issues on the day. Presenters will be expected to participate in a 10-minute live Q&A session with delegates following the presentation which will be facilitated by a chair.


Symposia will be delivered as a 45-minute pre-recorded video presentation to minimise the risk of technical issues on the day. Presenters will be expected to participate in a 15-minute live Q&A session with delegates following the presentation which will be facilitated by a chair

Programme slot

Alterations may be made to the programme affecting the time of sessions prior to the conference. To keep up-to-date with any developments affecting the conference programme, we suggest checking the conference website regularly.

More details coming soon.

Download programme

Programme is draft and subject to change.

Please contact the RCN Events Registration team to book your place on 02920546460 

Monday to Friday (9am-4.30pm)
+44 (0)2920546460

Event Organiser
Andy Murphy
+44 (0) 207 647 3960

General enquiries
For any other queries relating to this conference please contact:

Tel +44 (0)2076473577
Fax +44 (0)2076473411

Page last updated - 21/01/2021