Abstract submission for 2017 is now closed!


Thank you for your submissions, we appreciate the time and effort required to put them together. The reviewers are already hard at work reading through. Good luck!

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: 

  • Interprofessional partnerships
  • Innovation in practice
  • Education and training
  • Research
  • Service Improvement
  • Quality Improvement Projects with a focus on Prevention (see 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.

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.

NEW! Partners in Prevention - Scholarship Opportunity!

BACCN and Sage Products 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 2017 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 London and return travel from your home location to conference.

BACCN and Sage Products 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 Sage Products
  4. The abstract must be submitted by the deadline of midnight on 31 March 2017
  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 Sage Products will make the final selection and award the successful applicants.


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: 

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 16 years ago and has been the Conference Director since 2009.

Dr Suzanne Bench, Lecturer and post-doctoral research fellow, King’s College, London
Suzanne has worked in intensive care since 1990 and as a lecturer in critical care at The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, King’s College, London since 2001; with clinical links to King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 
Suzanne has been on the National Board of BACCN for 4 years, currently in the role of Journal liaison for the BACCN journal ‘Nursing in Critical Care’. She has also served on the Southern Region committee since 2004. Suzanne has extensive experience of publication and conference presentation and is a reviewer and international advisor for a number of critical care nursing journals.

Karin Gerber, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Critical Care Outreach, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Karin completed her nursing training in South Africa in 1994, and subsequently moved to the UK in 1998. Karin went on to complete her Intensive Care training as well as a BSc in Health and Social Science. She's been working in Critical Care Outreach for the last 13 years and became a Non-Medical Prescriber in 2010, and more recently completed her MSc in Advancing Practice. Karin have been part of the BACCN since coming to the UK and has served on the Central South Regional Committee as Treasurer and Chair. She joined the National Board in 2013 as a Regional Advisor, and has recently moved to the Conference Support Role with the view to eventually becoming the new Conference Director.

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 for 10 years as both a Professional Advisor and 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.

David Waters, Senior Lecturer in Critical Care, Buckinghamshire New University
David is currently Acting Head of Department within the School at Advanced Healthcare at Buckinghamshire New University.  He has been part of the University critical care team for the past 8 years & contributes to post-registration educational delivery relating to acute, critical & peri-operative care.  To maintain his credibility, David continues to work clinically, undertaking regular shifts within critical care and aeromedical repatriation specialties.  He has been on the BACCN National Board for 10 years & 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 for the past 6 years.

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