International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research



Deadline of registration has now been extended till 31st August 2016!

Event: International Symposium

Theme: Changing populations, changing needs: Directions and models for community orientated primary care

Venue: University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Date: 15-16 September 2016



The overall aim of the symposium is to explore new models and ways of working for all nurses and other health and social care practitioners within a community orientated primary care context.
We have an exciting programme of international speakers who lead on research and development of innovative models of care.


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The symposium is being held on the Canterbury campus of the University Kent. Set in ancient woodland, the campus has spectacular views of the medieval city of Canterbury.

The symposium reception will be held on the first evening (Thursday 15th September) in the precincts of the cathedral. We have arranged a very special treat for attendees; a performance from the world famous Canterbury cathedral boys choir.

Included in the residential symposium package are the following:

  • Registration fee
  • 2 nights en suite bed and breakfast in campus accommodation (Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th September)
  • Lunch and refreshments on both days at the symposium
  • The symposium reception

Included in the non-residential package are the following:

  • Registration fee
  • Lunch and refreshments at the symposium

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Confirmed speakers

  • Jos de Blok (Buurtzorg organisation, Netherlands)
  • Ruta Valaitis (McMaster University, Canada)
  • Maxine Jones (NUKA model, NHS Tayside, Scotland)
  • Juan Carlos Contel (Regional Health Council of Cataluña, Spain)
  • Vari Drennan (Kingston and St Georges University London, England)
  • Alison Leary (London South Bank University, England)
  • Catherine Evans (Sussex Community NHS Trust, Kings College London, England)
  • Susan Hamer (National Institute of Health Research, England)
  • Jenny Billings (University of Kent, England)
  • David Gilbert (Patient Director, England)
  • Jane Ball (Southampton University, England)

Symposium themes

  • Community orientated primary care
  • Community participation
  • Models of integrated care
  • Team working
  • Practice development
  • Service development
  • Education and training
  • Multidisciplinary initiatives
  • Impact of technology on models of care
  • Workforce modelling
  • Workforce development
  • Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously and must:
  • Not exceed 250 words;
  • Be written in English as concisely and clearly as possible;
  • Abstracts can be on research, practice or policy.
  • Research based abstracts should include; objectives; methods; results; and conclusions. Policy and/or practice based activities should include; objectives; activities; deliverables; and conclusions.
  • The abstract must relate to the overall community and primary care focus of the symposium and demonstrate a clear relationship to at least one of the conference themes:
    • Community orientated primary care
    • Community participation
    • Models of integrated care
    • Team working
    • Practice development
    • Service development
    • Education and training
    • Multidisciplinary initiatives
    • Impact of technology on models of care
    • Workforce modelling
    • Workforce development
  • Each individual may submit one abstract as presenting author. As a supplementary author, a person can be included on a maximum of two (2) additional abstract;
  • Submission must include all authors’ names and primary academic/institutional/organisational affiliation only, and contact details of the corresponding author.

Please consider the following when developing your abstract

  1. Does the abstract address the aims of the conference? (Please note that abstracts relating to research, policy or practice/service development are acceptable).
  2. Is the relevance of your abstract to models of primary, community and social care readily apparent?
  3. Is your abstract written in the specified symposium language (i.e. English).
  4. Will the material you plan to present be of relevance/interest to symposium delegates?
  5. Have you addressed governance or ethical aspects related to the abstract, where appropriate?
  6. Is material in your abstract concise and coherent, with the focus of the abstract stated clearly?
  7. Have you made explicit what you intend to present in your poster?
  8. Does the material in your abstract have wider applicability beyond the immediate context of the study/project/policy discussion?
  9. Have you specified how your poster will contribute to the development of knowledge, policy or practice within community health and social care?
  10. Is your abstract logically structured and does it accord with submission criteria?
  11. Have you provided brief and relevant contextual information?
  12. Where appropriate, have you provided information about the study/project site and participants?
  13. Where appropriate, have you made clear how the study/project was undertaken and provided information about results or, if work in progress, about the anticipated outcomes?

Abstracts which fail on criteria 1-4 will be automatically rejected

Abstracts may be recommended for a short facilitated oral discussion where the author has the opportunity to speak briefly about their poster with a small group who will then discuss the implications (Visual Presentation and Expert Review – ViPER). Authors will be notified by May 31 2016 whether they are invited to participate in a ViPER.



Please use the form below to submit your abstract, if you cannot see the page, please click the green button below: