International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference

Thinking ahead: new futures for mental health nursing

09 Jun 2021 - 10 Jun

20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London, W1G 0RN

In association with Mental Health Nursing Academics UK, an exciting and informative programme of talks, debates and presentations about transforming mental health care services.

Call for abstracts now open

Join us at this premier international conference as we explore the past, present and imagined future of mental health nursing. Discover how nurse-led initiatives are influencing the provision of mental health services and improving quality of life for people living with mental health illness.

This two-day conference provides an opportunity to:

  • share your research, critical thinking, practice development or education initiative with an international audience
  • hear from renowned keynote speakers, leading researchers, and both practice and education developers
  • network with like-minded colleagues, including those starting out in their careers through to experts in the field
  • engage in constructive debate amongst an inclusive, supportive audience and discuss the evidence that is transforming mental health practice
  • contribute to your professional development and revalidation requirements.

This international conference is open to all health professionals, educators, practice developers, researchers, service users and carers who share an interest in mental health
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During the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we are continuing to follow government advice and all RCN events remain subject to change. As a Royal College we have a responsibility to play our part in containing the spread of the virus whilst ensuring the safety of our delegates. We sincerely hope to be able to see you in person on 9 and 10 June 2021 and will keep you updated should the situation change.

20 Cavendish Square

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

Visitor car parking

Q-Park Oxford Street is an underground car park situated underneath Cavendish Square.  You can pre-book your parking by visiting the Q-Park website.


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.


London has five major airports: London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton and London Stansted.

  • London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports have dedicated express train services into central London.

  • London Heathrow and City airports are directly connected to the Tube network.

  • National Express, Easybus and Greenline coach transfers run 24 hours a day and start as low as £2 when booked in advance.

About London

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Call for abstracts now open

Key dates

Call for abstracts will close at midnight on Sunday 31 January 2021.
Submitters will be notified of the outcome via the abstract management system week commencing 1 March 2021.
Deadline for registering at the discounted presenter rate is Friday 16 April 2021.

Criteria and guidance for abstract selection

Guidelines for submitting an abstract

Criteria for abstract selection

Conference terms and condition

Top tips for submitting a successful abstract.

We strongly recommend that you read the criteria for abstract selection, guidelines for submitting an abstract and conference terms and conditions before preparing your submission. All abstracts must be submitted online through the Abstract Management System (AMS) which can be found here.


Abstracts are invited for concurrent sessions, symposia, workshops and posters; particularly those associated with one or more of the following:

  • research projects completed or in progress;
  • education developments;
  • practice initiatives;
  • innovative, critical thinking.

The scientific committee will review all abstracts and subsequently determine themes in which to place those accepted which help cluster presentations into concurrent sessions. Abstracts are therefore encouraged for presentation of all work relevant to contemporary mental health nursing.

Types of conference presentation

Authors will be asked to identify their preferred mode of presentation from the list below when submitting their abstract.

Concurrent session (350 words)
Concurrent papers are presented orally and will be 15 minutes in length with a further 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

Poster presentation (350 words)
Exhibited on one day of the conference, poster presentations are a significant part of the conference proceedings and presenters will have an excellent opportunity to interact with delegates. A poster is a way of visually conveying information about your work. Therefore, posters should be visually stimulating and legibly presented. Presenters will be expected to make themselves available to speak with delegates during identified poster viewing times.

Symposium (350 words per paper)
We welcome symposia that group 3-4 papers together on a central coherent strand. Submissions for symposia should clearly indicate the proposed chair, the list of papers and presenters, provide abstracts as per the abstract guidelines for each paper and allow sufficient time for discussion. The total amount of time available will be 70 minutes for symposia.

Workshop (350 words)
Proposals are invited for workshops that focus on aspects of education, practice or Workshops will be 70 minutes in length and proposals should describe the interactive elements and workshop activities that delegates will participate in.

Further guidance on how to prepare your abstract for the different types of presentation can be found in the guidelines for submitting an abstract

Any questions?
If you have any questions regarding the submissions process or if you are a first time presenter looking for additional assistance please contact

This conference is open to all nurses, student nurses, health care assistants and allied healthcare professionals working in the academic, clinical and professional setting in the UK and overseas. This includes those working in NHS, private and voluntary sectors, universities and colleges. By attending this conference, you will have unrivalled opportunity to learn latest developments, share good practice and network with colleagues.

Benefits of attending

  • Accrue up to 14 hours of CPD to count towards your revalidation
  • Discover the latest developments and research in the field of mental health
  • Hear from colleagues on their projects. Reflect on their findings and explore how you can use this knowledge to improve your practice.
  • Hear from eminent keynote speakers on contemporary nursing issues.
  • Attend themed sessions, participate and contribute to the discussions and debate.
  • Use this opportunity to network with your peers, mentor and support colleagues and showcase the work of your employer
  • Use the opportunity to ask those questions you want answers to

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

Whether you are a first time or experienced presenter, if you are engaged in a research project, practice development or education initiative that addresses current challenges within the field of mental health, then we want to hear from you.

We welcome submissions from health professionals including nurses, student nurses, educators, practice developers, researchers, service users and carers. This includes those working in NHS, private and voluntary sectors, universities and colleges.

Benefits of presenting your abstract include:

  • a platform to showcase your work and your employer on a national level
  • have your research recognised by your peers and receive constructive review
  • demonstrate your initiative and commitment to the future of mental health nursing
  • a learning opportunity to develop your communication and presenting skills
  • an excellent opportunity for networking, expanding your knowledge and promoting your work to an international audience.

Student Nurses

We are delighted to announce that the RCN Students in Partnership scheme will run once again for the 2021 conference.

Pre-registration nursing students submitting an abstract for presentation at the conference will automatically enrol in the scheme. The student with the top scoring abstract will be supported with their conference costs including delegate fee, travel and accommodation up to a maximum of £300. To be eligible you must be an RCN member and be a pre-registration nursing student undertaking a recognised nursing course in the UK at the time of completing your abstract submission.

Registration will open for conference presenters only from 1 March to 16 April 2021

Please check back to the website after April 2021 when remaining delegates places will be released for general booking.

RCN member /

International delegate

Non-RCN member

2 days

£250 (+ VAT)

£375 (+VAT)

1 day

£225 (+VAT)

£291 (+VAT)

Presenter rate (access all conference days)

Available until 31 March 2021

£212.50 (+VAT)

£315 (+VAT)


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

Presenter rate
If you wish to book the presenter rate please telephone 02920546460 quoting your abstract number.

Only the main presenter and one named co-presenter will be eligible for the presenter rate to attend the conference if presenting a concurrent, poster or workshop. Symposium submissions make one presenter per paper eligible for the presenter rate up to a maximum of 5 presenters.

We regret that the presenter rate cannot be offered on the one-day conference pass.

Deadline for booking the presenter rate – 16 April 2021.

The following discounts are available on the conference fees (exclusions and conditions apply*)

Discounts are only available on the two-day conference fees

Group booking

10% discount on each conference fee inclusive of VAT for three or more delegates booking at the same time.

Accredited RCN Trade Union Representative


25% discount inclusive of VAT

RCN Members

  • Student Nurse (pre-registration only)


  • Health Care Assistant/Assistance Practitioner, Associate


  • Retired Member


40% discount inclusive of VAT

Service user


40% discount inclusive of VAT


Not an RCN member? Join today to qualify for preferential conference fees.

*Exclusions and conditions

  • discounts are not available on the presenter rate or one-day conference places
  • discounts cannot be combined. Only one discount can be used for each booking whether it is an individual or group booking
  • the student nurse 40% discount offer is strictly for RCN student members enrolled in a pre-registration nursing programme
  • sharing of a multi-day conference passes between delegates is not permitted. Only delegates that have registered their details through the RCN's events registration system will be granted access to the conference
  • an international delegate is classed as someone living and travelling from outside of the UK at the point of booking
  • service user rate is strictly for non-health professionals

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.

Payment by invoice is available on request. A Purchase Order and booking form are required.

All bookings will be confirmed in writing.

The RCN reserves the right to refuse any booking at any time.

To book your place call RCN Event Registrations on 029 2054 6460 (Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm).

For any other queries please contact:
RCN Events
Tel: 0207 647 3577

Page last updated - 12/01/2021