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RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2022

Nursing research: looking forward...

05 Sep 2022 - 06 Sep

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3ER

To book online using a credit/debit card select ‘Book Now’. *Excludes presenter fees as these must be booked direct with RCN Event Registrations Tel: 02920 546460. For all other payment methods check the fees tabs.

The over-arching theme of this year's conference is: Nursing research: Looking forward …

Join us on 5 and 6 September as we host our first in-person RCN International Nursing Research Conference since 2019. Access an exciting and informative programme of keynote speakers, concurrent sessions and poster presentations on the latest nurse research.

See the conference programme now to view the nurse-led research being presented across a broad range of themes. The conference programme is available here.

Words from the Conference Chair, Prof. Daniel Kelly:


"We look forward to welcoming you to Cardiff in 2022 to explore the future possibilities for nursing research. We will be sharing findings from new studies as well as exploring new opportunities that are now available to promote nurse-led research, and strengthen its role in addressing the needs of health systems which continue to face significant demand. 

Everyone is welcome to share their work and their interests and to experience a world class conference in a friendly capital city. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible."




Sponsored by Cardiff University, School of Healthcare Sciences

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Castle Grounds
Cathays Park
CF10 3ER

The venue is situated on North Road in Cardiff, a short walk heading north from Cardiff Castle and opposite the Cathays Park civic center.

Car Parking

Parking spaces at the College are restricted to Blue Badge holders only. These spaces are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. These spaces cannot be reserved. There is a pay and display car park immediately next to the College. There is also further parking a short walk away at the civic centre opposite the College.


Cardiff Central Station is 0.9 miles from the RWCMD (19 min walk). 


Preferential rates have been negotiated by Meet in Cardiff at several nearby hotels. Please note the dates 4-6 September 2022 on the accommodation booking page are dates accommodation is available, not the event dates (5-6 September). 

To access the accommodation booking website please click the Accommodation Link.  

View programme here.  

Please note these programme details and timings are subject to change. To keep up-to-date with any developments affecting the conference programme, we recommend checking the conference website regularly.

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 18 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 hints and tips as well as a template letter you can use. 

And find out the top 5 reasons everyone should attend a conference for their professional development read more. 

Who will this conference appeal to?

This conference 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. 

Here are what some of our 2019 in-person attendees thought:

“The topics were relevant and interesting. There was a mix of both theoretical research subjects and the actual research topics.  Good interactive discussion both within the seminar rooms and during the breaks. There was a general friendly and interactive feel to the event”.

“Provided inspiration and opportunity to collaborate”.

“This was an excellent conference with inspirational keynote speakers and high quality papers/posters.”


Presenter registration deadline extended to 31 July 2022. 

In order to be eligible to present, all presenters must register for the conference by 31 July 2022. Failure to do so may result in your abstract being removed from the final conference programme. Please note, If you are the main presenter, you are responsible for coordinating the registration of your co-presenters (if applicable) in addition to yourself.

The deadline for accepting the presentation date and time, reference your confirmation email providing the date and time of your presentation, is Friday 6 May 2022.

Please note:

There will be no call for late breaking research for the conference.

All presenters are expected to register to attend the conference in person to present. See conference fees tab for presenter rates.

The discounted presenter rate will apply to the lead presenter and one co-presenter only, for Concurrent and Poster sessions, and 1 presenter per paper for symposia to a maximum of 5 papers.

Prior to preparing and delivering your presentation, we strongly advise that you read the RCN terms and conditions for this years conference. 


Types of conference presentation:

Concurrent (20 minutes) 

Concurrent sessions (oral) are allocated a maximum of 20 minutes to present their paper followed by 5 minutes for Q&A, which will be facilitated by a chair. 


Posters will be exhibited for one full day of the conference and nosted poster tours will take place during the lunch break on each day.

Posters should be visually stimulating in design and convey clear aims and outcomes. 


A symposium is a presentation of between three and five papers with a shared focus.  Depending on the number of papers, the duration of a symposium is 60-90 minutes and each presenter is allocated a maximum of 20 minutes to present their paper followed by 5 minutes for discussion. 

Programme slot

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


Presenter guidance documents

Oral presenters

Poster presenters 

Professor Mei Krishnasamy


Keynote: Influencing cancer policy and practice through co-design

This talk will overview a program of nurse-led cancer supportive care research, outlining its progress from consumer co-design initiative to policy imperative. The capacity of nurses to elevate the voice of those we care for to drive local and system level change will be demonstrated, and ways in which nurses can influence health policy, inform, and innovate for provision of value-based health care, will be discussed. 

Intended learning outcomes:

• Appreciate the potential of consumer co-designed research to address entrenched system disparities
• Appreciate the power and capacity of nursing’s voice to lead innovations in care and health policy
• Recognise the potential for optimised health outcomes through nurse-led system level collaboration


Professor Mei Krishnasamy is Director of the Academic Nursing Unit at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Honorary Chair in Cancer Nursing at the University of Melbourne. She is Research and Education Lead for Nursing for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Alliance, and co-lead of the Victorian Regional Research Teaching Hub. Mei is past President of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia and the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia. Her research focuses on health equity and experiences of care for people with poor prognosis cancers, and the contribution of nurses to patient and system level outcomes.
Qualifications: BA; RGN; DipN; MSC; PhD


Professor Ben Hannigan

Keynote:  Complexity, connectedness and coordination

In this presentation I begin with an overview of ideas which, over time, have proved useful in underpinning a programme of research in the mental health field. These ideas are: 

a systems approach which places emphasis on the complex relationships between policy, services and their organisation, work and service user experiences; 
the value of studying cases, at different ‘levels’ of organisation; 
the appeal of a plurality of analytic and research methods;
the importance of research which is directly informed by stakeholders.

I summarise what has been learned from exemplar studies informed by the application of these ideas, and close by drawing some cumulative insights for researchers and practitioners.

Intended learning outcomes: 

Understand some of the sources of complexity in health and social care systems
Identify the value of the detailed study of cases
Recognise key messages arising from a programme of research into mental health systems


Ben Hannigan is Professor of Mental Health Nursing in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University, and is a past Chair of Mental Health Nurse Academics UK. With a practice background in community mental health nursing, he teaches and supervises across all academic levels from pre-registration undergraduate through to doctoral and leads a programme of research examining mental health systems. Using ideas and methods from the health and social sciences, and with support from funders including the National Institute for Health Research and Health and Care Research Wales, Ben has led and collaborated on studies examining the interconnections between mental health policy, the organisation and delivery of care, and the experiences of people using services.





The conference booking link is now available. All presenters will be expected to register to attend the conference in order to deliver their presentation 

Presenter rates cannot be booked online. To book the presenter rate please contact RCN Event Registrations on 02920 546460. Please have your abstract reference number to hand.

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

In person conference fee, 2 days

Price ex VAT


Price inc VAT

Fee availability deadline

RCN Member presenter rate




31 July 2022

Non Member presenter rate




31 July 2022

RCN Member




Not applicable

Non Member




Not applicable

RCN Member: Pre-reg student, Retired, health practitioner (2 day / 40% discount)




Not applicable

Member: RCN representatives, forum steering committee (2 day / 25% discount)




Not applicable

Conditions and exclusions

  1. Discounts apply to conference fees only and are not available on the presenter rate.
  2. 10% group discount is applicable on 3 or more conference places and will only be applied to places where the maximum number of conference days have been booked.
  3. Discount offers cannot be combined. Only one discount can be used for each booking whether it is an individual or group booking.
  4. 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.
  5. The RCN representative 25% discount is only available on the maximum number of conference days that can be booked
  6. International delegates that book for multi day conferences qualify for the RCN member rate. An international delegate is classed as someone living and travelling from outside the UK at the point of booking.
  7. Maximum of 2 presenter rate places for any concurrent, poster and ViPER
  8. 1 presenter rate per paper for any symposia – up to a maximum of 5 papers
  9. 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.

Please note: discounts cannot be accumulated or redeemed when booking online. Please contact RCN Events Registration to book a discounted place.


Catering during the conference programme and conference materials are provided within the conference fee. Travel, accommodation and catering outside of the conference programme are not included in the conference fee.

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: 

+44 (0) 2920 546460. 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: +44 (0)2920 546489.

Invoice payment

To pay by invoice you must send all of the below to
• A copy of the Purchase Order document from your organisation or company (we cannot process your order without it)
• Your finance department or 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 our delegate booking on the event requested.  Invoices are to be paid within 30 days of the invoice being issued. 


This RCN International Nursing Research Conference event is an unrivalled opportunity for you to connect directly with nurses from across the UK.

How will this benefit you and your organisation?

• Engage with a nursing audience specifically in the field of International Nursing Research 
• Showcase your organisation and explain directly to them how and why it will aid them in their work
• Connect using the extensive exhibition time with an engaged and high quality audience


Sponsored by: Cardiff University, School of Healthcare Sciences

Our research is optimising health and social care to enhance quality of life for people across Wales and beyond. It is pursued within three core interdisciplinary research themes and our expertise and strategic partnerships enable us to tackle the important health and social care challenges of the 21st century.

Cardiff university healthcare sciences logo 

Exhibitors exhibiting at Conference:

Alzheimer’s Society

AA Euro Healthcare

Cardiff University School of Healthcare Sciences.

Class Professional Publishing 


Health and Care Research Wales Support and Delivery Centre

Health Education & Improvement Wales


NIHR Nursing & Midwifery Incubator

PRIME Centre Wales

Wolters Kluwer Health

If you have any queries regarding the conference or call for abstract process, please contact the Events Team via:


Tel: +44 (0)2076473577

If your query relates to a booking please contact the Registration Team directly:

Tel: +44 (0)29 2054 6460