Abstract submission is now closed. 

Abstract submitters should expect to hear from us by the end of May 2018.


Your abstract submissions help us to create a packed, varied and inspiring programme so we're looking for your input to ensure the programme is as current and relevant to all critical and immediate care professionals as possible. 

The themes this year are: 

  • Developing New Roles & Ways of Working
  • Building Resilience within Critical Care Nursing 
  • Education & Training
  • The role of Research Nurses and Nursing Research within Critical Care
  • Patient & Family Involvement within Critical Care
  • Quality Improvement Projects with a focus on Prevention - see scholarship details below

We have a range of presentation styles to choose from for delivering your paper, from oral presentations to electronic poster displays. Whether you’re a seasoned presenter or a first time speaker we have lots of guidance and support in place to make sure you get the most out of your session and feel confident in your presentation. Visit the download centre to read guidelines, watch our first time presenter video and download electronic poster templates. 

Once uploaded your abstract will be reviewed by our scientific committee and once all abstracts have been reviewed we will confirm if your paper has been accepted for the conference.

3rd April 2018

Already submitted? Make sure you have your confirmation email - if not contact us on 0191 241 4523 or email info@baccnconference.org.uk

Poster Presentations
Following the success of the last few years we will once again be presenting posters in an electronic format at the conference. This saves the presenter time and money in preparing a paper copy and allows the poster to be sent electronically prior to the conference. For more information please contact us on info@baccnconference.org.uk

Poster abstracts still need to be submitted via the online abstract portal for review by the scientific committee.


Partners in Prevention - Scholarship Opportunity!

BACCN and Stryker have created a partnership titled Partners in Prevention. This initiative has been established to encourage and support critical care practitioners working on Quality Improvement Projects related to Prevention to attend and present their work at conference.


Project presentations will be encouraged to provide an overview of the prevention strategies used around a specific aspect of critical care. The presenters will form a panel with a critical care expert to discuss and share ideas for transfer and dissemination. 

In order to be considered for the scholarship, please submit an abstract about a Quality Improvement Initiative within critical care focused on Prevention! The BACCN Scientific Committee will review all of the submitted abstracts and those receiving the top five panel review scores will be invited to present their project a modified ViPER format in a dedicated session during the BACCN 2018 Annual Conference. 

This format is suitable for all, including first time presenters, so please, share your initiatives with us as we want to learn more about the great work you are doing!

Those whom accept the invitation will receive a scholarship from Sage Products to cover full conference registration, two night's hotel accommodation in Bournemouth and return travel from your home location to conference.

BACCN and Stryker Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria

  1. Scholarships are for critical care professionals based in the UK.
  2. The applicant must not be a member of the BACCN National Board
  3. The applicant must not be an employee of Stryker
  4. The abstract must be submitted by the deadline of 5pm on 30 March 2018
  5. The abstract must adhere to all abstract submission guidelines, available on the BACCN Conference website downloads centre

In the unlikely case of more than 5 abstracts receiving equal top scoring, the Conference Director and Stryker will make the final selection and award the successful applicants.


BACCN Grants

If you'd like to attend conference but cost is an issue, BACCN members can apply for a grant towards conferences: see details at www.baccn.org in the Grants and Scholarships section.


Scientific Committee

The scientific committee is responsible for reviewing abstract submissions and have been selected by the conference director. All abstracts are reviewed blind through our online system. The scientific committee is made up of the following: 

Dr Suzanne Bench, Associate Professor, London South Bank University
Suzanne has worked in intensive care since 1990 and as a clinical academic since 2001. Her current role is a joint appointment between London South Bank University and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, where she is the Deputy Director of nursing (research). Suzanne has been on the National Board of BACCN since 2013, currently in the role of National secretary. Suzanne is an experienced critical care researcher, has extensive experience of publication and conference presentation and is an associate editor for a critical care nursing journal. Suzanne represents BACCN on the UK critical care research group, the UK critical care leadership forum and the UK critical care nursing alliance.

Vanessa Gibson, Learning and Teaching Champion and Teaching Fellow, Northumbria University
Vanessa Gibson is a Teaching Fellow at Northumbria University in Newcastle and has been Programme Leader of the Critical Care course for 22 years. Vanessa has been on the National Board of BACCN since 2008 as a Professional Advisor and currently as Finance Director and has also served on the Northern Region committee. She has extensive experience of publication and conference presentation and has been a member of the scientific committee for the past 7 years. Vanessa is also a reviewer for other organisations such as the Higher Education Academy.

Colette Laws-Chapman, Non-medical Lead and Deputy Director, Simulation and Interactive Learning, Guys and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Colette completed her nurse training in Norwich in 1989 and has worked in critical care in Manchester and Central London. Colette is a qualified nurse teacher registered with the NMC and has a Diploma (Post Graduate) in Advanced Practice- Leadership with Merit. She joined the National Board in 2002 and was the Conference Director from 2009-2017.

Catherine Plowright, Acute Care Nurse Consultant, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
Catherine trained in Glasgow and qualified in 1985. She has worked within a variety of critical care settings since 1987 and is currently an Acute Care Nurse Consultant working at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. She is also an Honorary Lecturer at her local University, teaching on a variety of undergraduate and post graduate programmes. Catherine  has been on the National Board of BACCN since 2008 and currently is one of the Professional Advisors. Catherine has extensive experience of publication and conference presentation both nationally and internationally and she is on the editorial board for two critical care nursing journals and reviews for numerous nursing  journals. She has been a member of the BACCN conference scientific committee since 2014.

David Waters, Associate Professor, Birmingham City University
David is currently Associate Professor and Head of Department for Post-Qualifying Healthcare Practice, within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Birmingham City University.  David continues to work clinically, undertaking regular shifts within critical care and aeromedical repatriation specialties.  He has been on the BACCN National Board since 2009 & currently is Communications Director & Commercial Projects Lead. David has extensive experience of national and international conference presenting and has been a member of the BACCN conference scientific committee since 2011.

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