RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2021

The value of nursing research in a time of global crisis.

07 Sep 2021 - 09 Sep


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The value of nursing research in a time of global crisis. 

**Call for abstracts is now closed**

The over-arching theme of this year's conference is, 'The value of nursing research in a time of global crisis'.

Conference themes may include, but are not limited to:

• clinical effectiveness and nursing research
• methods that may enhance impact
• evaluating change
• patient experience and the role of research
• health and social care policy research
• the impact of research on nurse-sensitive outcomes.

The conference is open to anyone interested in nursing and research. It will be of interest to nurses, and colleagues in related disciplines, involved in the development and use of knowledge that impacts on nursing practice or the context in which nurses’ practice.

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Please note the below programme will be updated regularly, a final copy will be circulated prior to the event. 

View the provisional programme. 

We are delighted to announce the stellar line-up of keynote speakers for 2021’s conference:



Professor Patricia Davidson

Patricia Davidson, PhD, Med, RN, FAAN, joined Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in September 2013 as dean. Since then she has introduced a new pre-licensure degree program, Master’s Entry into Nursing, and progressed advanced practice degrees to the Doctor of Nursing Practice, doubled the school’s PhD program intake and increased engagement with communities, locally, nationally and internationally. 

A global leader in cardiac health for women and vulnerable populations, Dr. Davidson has an established program of research in supporting individuals living with chronic conditions and developing innovative models of transitional care. A primary objective of her work has been to improve the cardiovascular health of underserved populations through development of innovative, acceptable, and sustainable initiatives internationally. She is a leader in advocating for palliative care for non-malignant conditions. 

Since 2003, Dr. Davidson has secured over $25 million in competitive research funding from national and international funding bodies, and co-authored 460-plus peer-reviewed journal articles, 25 book chapters, and more than 150 peer-reviewed abstracts.  

Dr. Davidson is Counsel General of the International Council on Women's Health Issues and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International’s Institute for Global Healthcare Leadership Advisory Board, Mentorship Committee and Foundation Board Chair. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Heart Association, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and the Australian College of Nursing.


Professor Jane Coad

Professor Jane Coad has over 25 years drawing on her arts background and nursing. She specifically focuses her research programme on children, young people and young adults with complex needs and their families. 

Jane uses arts-based participatory qualitative methods, systematic reviewing, mixed method surveys and complex evaluation projects nationally and internationally.
Jane is currently lead for the research centre - Children and Young People’s Research (CYPHR) in the School of Health Sciences in the University of Nottingham aiming to improve children and young peoples health care and research. 

Jane is also Director for Clinical Academic Careers (N&M) and holds Clinical Academic Professor in Nursing posts in Nottingham University Hospital and University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire in key leadership positions in both organisations. 

Jane also works as a voluntary community nurse/carer with South Warwickshire Foundation Trust, Warwickshire. 
In terms of professional recognition, Jane was awarded a prestigious Royal College of Nursing Fellowship in 2013 for lifetime research and leads on a number of local, national and international groups holding substantive posts in the field of Child Health and Clinical Academic Careers.




Professor Candy McCabe 

Candy McCabe, PhD, RGN, is the Florence Nightingale Foundation Clinical Professor in Nursing at the University of the West of England, Bristol and Dorothy House Hospice Care, Nr. Bath, UK. She is the South West Hub lead for the NIHR 70@70 Senior Nurse and Midwife Research Leaders programme and Director of the Bristol & Bath Integrated Pain Management Health Integration Team.

Candy trained as a nurse at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London and after working in a variety of specialties including ward based and research work she moved to the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD), Bath in the mid- 90’s, which is now part of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. During the 20+ years she spent at the RNHRD she established with colleagues the national centres for multi-disciplinary rehabilitation for those with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and for those suffering with Complex Cancer late effects. 

Her research and clinical interests directly relate to increasing our understanding of the mechanisms and potential therapies for those with chronic unexplained pain, such as CRPS, and for those with complex pain related to life limiting conditions.  Her work has a particular focus on the relationships between chronic pain and the sensorimotor system. Candy joined Dorothy House Hospice Care in October 2019 as Head of Research.  

Candy is a member of a number of national and international committees in the specialties of rheumatology and pain, co-founder and Chair of the CRPS UK Clinical Research Network, and Chair of the Scientific committee for the International Research Consortium for CRPS. She was the nursing representative on the NICE Guidelines committee for chronic primary pain and immediate past-Chair of the IASP Special Interest Group for CRPS. She is a past President of the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology and a past-member of the British Pain Society Scientific Committee. She is an NIHR Mentor and a strong advocate for clinical academic careers


Acceptance and registering

The outcome of the abstract reviews is now available. To view, please login to your AMS portal via https://flame.firebird.systems/RCN/INRC2021/MySubmissions 

Key Dates:

Registration deadline for presenters Friday 25 June.

Pre-recording and poster deadline Monday 26 July.

We are delighted to confirm that the conference will be hosted on the world leading all-in-one virtual conference platform; Hopin, providing a highly interactive and engaging experience for participants.  A demonstration of the platform from an attendee’s perspective can be viewed here. 

Presenter guidance

  • Concurrent sessions

Concurrent sessions will be delivered as pre-recorded videos to minimise technical issues. Each concurrent session is 20 minutes in length, 15-minutes for the presentation followed by 5 minutes of live Q&A on the day. Guidance to support you with the live Q&A will be sent before the event. 

Directions on how to submit your pre-recording and tips on presenting virtually can be viewed here. Please read the guidance before preparing your presentation and note that pre-records must be submitted in MP4 format. The deadline for pre-recording your 15-minute presentation is Monday 26 July 2021 (6 weeks prior to event). 

  • Digital posters

Your poster will be presented as part of a poster tour and facilitated by a chair. You will have a 5-minute slot for a live presentation including Q&A with delegates on the date and time scheduled in the programme. Guidance to support you with the live participation will be sent before the event.

Directions on how to prepare your poster presentation can be viewed here, along with some helpful tips and pointers for you to bear in mind for digital content.  Please read the guidance before preparing your presentation The deadline for submitting your poster is Monday 26 July 2021.

  • ViPER

ViPER presenters have been allocated 20 minutes, 10 minutes to talk around their poster and 10 minutes facilitated discussion with viewers. The talk may focus on the background, rationale, methodology, key findings and/or discursive key issues.

Directions on how to prepare your ViPER poster presentation can be viewed here along with some helpful tips and pointers for you to bear in mind for digital content.  Please read the guidance before preparing your presentation. The deadline for submitting your poster is Monday 26 July 2021.

Guidance to support you with the ViPER live participation will be sent before the event. 

  • Sympoisa

Symposia will be delivered as pre-records to minimise technical issues. Symposia with 3-4 papers have 1 hour allocated in the programme and those with 5 papers have 1hour 15 minutes.  Within these total times you’ll need to allocate time for each paper and for live questions on the day. Guidance to support you with the live Q&A will be sent before the event. 

Directions on how to submit your symposia pre-recording and tips on presenting virtually can be viewed here. Please read the guidance before preparing your presentation and note that pre-records must be submitted in MP4 format. The deadline for pre-recording your Symposia is Monday 26 July.



All participating presenters must register to take part in the conference. 

We ask that you register by Friday 25 June.

  • Where there is more than one presenter, the lead presenter is asked to take responsibility for co-ordinating pre-records with co-presenters 
  • ensuring participating co-presenters register   

Please note sessions with no registered presenters are at risk of being removed from the programme.

Conference fees can be viewed here.

Conference programme changes 

Please keep up-to-date with programme alterations made prior to the event by checking the conference website regularly.
We are here to support you as much as possible. If you have any queries or would like to use an alternative platform to record your session, please email Research@rcn.org.uk

The digital pricing structure is approx. a 40% discount on the 3-day rate for an in-person event providing good value for money as delegates will have access to all 3 days’ worth of content to watch on demand.

**Please note there is no presenter rate and no daily rate.**

Conference fee

Price EX VAT


RCN Member







Discounted offers

  • 25% discount for RCN representatives (including forum committee members)
  • 40% discount for RCN pre-reg student nurses, health care assistants and retired members
  • 10% discount on group bookings of 3 delegates or more 

 Discounts cannot be accumulated.

To redeem a discounted offer, please contact the Events Reg Team directly on

Email: Eventsreg@rcn.org.uk 
Tel: +44 (0)29 2054 6460 

To make a booking

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.

To pay by invoice

To pay by invoice you must send all of the below to eventsreg@rcn.org.uk
  • A copy of the Purchase Order document from your organisation or company (we cannot process your order without it)
  • Your Finance department/accounts payable contact email address to receive an electronic copy of the invoice from us
  • A completed RCN Events Booking Form for each delegate in the booking

Once the invoice has been raised, you will then receive confirmation of your delegate booking on the event requested. Invoices are to be paid within 30 days of the invoice being issued.

Conditions and exclusions

  • Sharing of a multi-day conference pass between two or more delegates is not permitted. Only delegates that have registered their details through the RCN's events registration system will be granted access

  • 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

  • Member: Pre-reg student, retired, health practitioner (40% discount) - this discount is strictly for RCN members and only available on the maximum number of conference days that can be booked

  • Only students that are enrolled in a pre-registration nursing programme will qualify for a 40% discount

  • The RCN representative 25% discount is only available on the maximum number of conference days that can be booked.


Our virtual venue: Hopin

The event will be hosted on the world leading all-in one virtual conference platform; Hopin, which enables a highly interactive and engaging experience.

Please note that this is a private event for registered delegates who will be required to have a valid conference booking. 

View a short video introduction to help you navigate around our virtual venue, Hopin.

Access to the event

All delegates will be emailed a unique link and details of the Hopin verification process in the two weeks before to the conference.

If you’re unable to locate this email, check it hasn’t landed in your Spam/Junk folder, or gone to another email address you might have used to register with.

If you are still unable to locate the email or have any other queries, please email the Events Team at rcnevents@rcn.org.uk or contact 020 7647 3577

When you’ve arrived on the Hopin Registration page, you’ll be directed to sign in and complete your profile. The ‘Join the event button’ will be visible on when the event’s live.

For best results:

  • use a computer if possible, preferably not more than 3 years old
  • if using a tablet, please ensure you download Google Chrome and use this browser to enter Hopin
  • using a personal device reduces the risk of organisational firewalls blocking access
  • if using a work device with firewall protection, share this network guide with your IT department with the list of sites to whitelist (the link will open as the Network Connectivity Settings tab)
  • close any programmes you do not need, and which also use your camera ex: Teams
  • use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your browser and open in an incognito window
  • if something goes wrong try refreshing your browser.

Updating your profile

When you first access the Hopin platform you’ll be prompted to set up your profile.

You can upload a photo, add your place of work, job title, social media contacts and a brief biography to give you more presence and support networking at the event.

The community involved in research related to nursing encompasses academics, nurse researchers, government departments, nurses involved in research projects and students in all healthcare settings across the world. Attending this conference provides a quality assured opportunity to improve nursing practice, learn, network and contribute towards meeting the challenges facing the future nursing workforce. 

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 

Need a helping hand with securing time off or funding to attend? Please download these helpful hints and tips as well as a template letter you can use. 

And here are the top 5 reasons everyone should attend a conference for their professional development.

Is this conference for me? 

It will be of particular interest to all current and aspiring nurses, and colleagues in related disciplines, involved in the development and use of knowledge that impacts on nursing practice or the context in which nurses’ practice.

You can attend this conference as a presenting or as a non-presenting delegate.

The conference provides the opportunity to:

• Hear from inspirational keynote speakers and researchers on the latest research and how it is impacting on nursing
• Share and learn about innovations in research methodology 
• Showcase your research and your employer on an international stage 
• Engage in supportive and constructive critical debate 
• Discuss and debate the impact of research on health and social care policy and nursing practice 
• Network with like-minded colleagues – from those starting out in their careers through to distinguished keynote speakers 
• Build new alliances and make new contacts 
• Judge poster presentations – every vote counts 
• Participate in a lively social programme 
• Evaluate the event and contribute to future conference developments 
• Contribute to your Continuing Professional Development and Revalidation requirements 

Delegates can be confident that papers are reviewed with rigour and the programme is designed to create a high quality forum in which to reflect on work, participate in networking events and discuss innovation in research. 


Benefits of the virtual conference

The event will be hosted on the world leading all-in one virtual conference platform; Hopin, which enables a highly interactive and engaging experience for delegates.

  • A 40% discount on the standard three day conference rate.
  • Save costs, time and carbon emissions on travelling and accommodation.
  • Extended access to the conference recording.
  • Additional CPD hours with all presentations available to view on demand to inform your reflective account for revalidation.
  • Ability to network and catch up with colleagues, new and old via speed networking, virtual coffee room, direct messaging, event chat.

This conference and exhibition is an unrivalled opportunity for you to connect directly with nurses from across the UK and beyond.


Exhibitors exhibiting at conference

  • University of Plymouth 



There are a number of ways you can get involved, from networking to raise your profile to tailored commercial packages to help achieve specific objectives. Please contact the exhibitions team on 02076473959 or email exhibitions@rcn.org.uk


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To book your place, please contact the Events Registration Team (Mon – Fri 9am – 4.30pm)

Email: Eventsreg@rcn.org.uk 

Tel:+44 (0)29 2054 6460


If you have a query relating to call for abstracts, the student in partnership scheme or a general enquiry regarding the Research Conference 2021, please use the contact details below:

  • Research Conference enquiries

Email: Research@rcn.org.uk 

Tel:+44 (0)20 7647 3578


  • Event Organiser - Melissa Askam

Email: Melissa.askam@rcn.org.uk 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7647 3595


Page last updated - 09/09/2021