The first Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research (NPNR) Conference took place in 1996, and the picture at the left is the front cover of the delegate’s handbook. My first visit to the NPNR conference, as a non-presenting delegate, was not until a few year’s later and I’m grateful to Russell Ashmore (the conference’s unofficial historian) for sharing this scanned document. The first presentation I gave at the event was during its seventh running, in 2001 (there having been one year previously in which two events took place); this went with the title Tales from the field: using ethnographic methods to investigate the provision of community mental health care. A glance at my records suggests that, to date, I’ve been involved in 27 papers delivered at the event over the years, as presenter, co-presenter and/or co-author. It’s the single conference I always aim to be at.
The NPNR became the International Mental Health Nursing Research (MHNR) Conference for 2017, and this year’s 26th running takes place over one day, June 11th 2020, at Middlesex University. A call for abstracts has been published on the Mental Health Nurse Academics UK website, and is reproduced here:
Celebrating Mental Health Nursing
Past, Present and Future
26th International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference
11th June 2020
The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT
Call for Abstracts
Follow us on Twitter: @MHNRconf and join in using the hashtag: #MHNR2020
This event represents a collaboration between Mental Health Nurse Academics UK (MHNAUK) and Middlesex University School of Health and Education.
Diversity of presenters, participants and topics will be a priority therefore all presenters will be offered one free place in addition to their own paid attendance which should be used to invite a student, service user researcher, carer, newly qualified nurse or a colleague who hasn’t previously attended a conference.
Abstracts are invited for work based in clinical practice, teaching, activism or research. Those looking at mental health more generally are also welcome, and options for presenting will be in the form of concurrent papers, symposia, workshops or posters under the following topics:
- Advanced practice: To include examples of expanded roles, skills and responsibilities for nurses in healthcare services.
- Celebrating mental health: To include any activities addressing the history of mental health work or professional identity.
- Building communities: To include examples of work to promote community resilience, mental health and diversity and to reduce stigma and discrimination
- Creative approaches: To include any examples of creative approaches to promoting wellbeing and mental health.
- Activism and social justice: To include examples of rights-based approaches such as addressing restrictive practices, upholding human rights and achieving equality of access and resource allocation for mental and physical health services.
- Working across professions and disciplines: To include examples of inter-professional and cross-organisational projects or services
- General mental health: Those which do not fall into any of the above can be grouped here
Key dates and registration information
- Call for abstracts opens: 28th January 2020
- Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 28th February 2020
- Confirmation of acceptance: 20th March 2020
- Programme announced: 6th April 2020
- Registration fees: £130 (for attenders, where this fee includes a place for an attender’s guest)/£70 for students and mental health service users
- Please register early as places are limited
Guidance for preparing abstracts
- Title: Should be clear, with appropriate use of capital letters that is, at the start of the title and when using abbreviations (RCN not Rcn).
- Theme: Abstracts will be considered for one theme only, so please select the one most suitable for your submission (see above).
- Word limit: Please adhere to the word limit given below.
- Abstracts for concurrent sessions and posters should be no more than 350 words.
- Concurrent sessions will be 15 minutes in length, with a further 5 minutes for questions.
- Posters should be visually stimulating. Presenters will be expected to make themselves available to speak with delegates during identified poster viewing times.
- Abstracts for concurrent and poster presentations MUST adhere to the following criteria:
- Abstracts reporting on the results of quantitative research studies must be structured: background, aim(s), method(s), results, discussion and conclusions.
- Statistics including sample size and sampling method used must be supplied.
- Relevant contextual information must be given (e.g. research setting).
- For qualitative studies the abstract must be structured: background, aim(s), sampling method, method(s), specific analytical approach or approaches, main findings, discussion and conclusions.
- Theoretical/methodological abstracts and practice and/or education developments must be structured: background, aim(s) of the paper, discussion and conclusions.
- For all abstracts authors must specify how the paper contributes to mental health nursing research, education, policy or practice.
- All abstracts must be written in English. NB All accepted abstracts will be published ‘as submitted’. It is therefore incumbent upon the author to ensure that the spelling, grammar and syntax are of an academic publishing standard.
- Workshop (350 words) will be 70 minutes in length. The abstract should include the aim(s) and proposed outcome(s), content, rationale for delivering the session in this format, how it relates to the conference themes, and description of any activities in which delegates will be invited to participate.
- Recommended reading lists: Provide up to five references relevant to your abstract. These should be cited in full using the Harvard referencing system, that: Author, I. (year) ‘ Article title’. Journal name in full, vol #, no #, pp 101-107.
- Biography: Maximum of 100 words, written in the third person.
- Presenter details and authorship: Please include author details as you would like them to appear in a conference abstract book: forename, surname, qualifications, job title, and place of work. Please put an asterisk (*) next to the presenting author(s).
All abstracts should be submitted using this form:
With this being the Year of the Nurse and Midwife #MHNR2020 is aiming to be the place for mental health nurses to share what they do, and to say why it’s important. I’ll be there, as always, and am looking forward.