South West Clinical Schools Torbay and South Devon Annual Conference
  • TREC Lecture Theatre (Next to the Horizon Centre), Torbay Hospital, TQ2 7AA  

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Are you a nurse, midwife, allied health professional, social worker or care worker?  Would you like to improve patient experiences of care and develop your career? Do you have an idea, development or research project in practice to share?

Join us for this all-day, free event where you can learn more about cross-boundary and cross-discipline research and quality improvement activity with a focus on staff well-being and the integration of health and social care. The Conference will include:

  • key speakers from within health and social care
  • workshops to learn more about how your idea or research project can be put into practice
  • a poster exhibition with prizes to win.

Confirmed speaker: Professor Mark Radford, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer – Delivery and Innovation.

Further details of the day will be available shortly, and will include presentations showcasing research embedded in practice, clinical academic careers, a poster exhibition, and concurrent sessions and workshops. A prize will be presented for the best poster and presentation.

All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.

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Call for poster and presentation submissions

To display a poster or deliver a short presentation, please send an abstract via email to:

Abstracts should be up to 300 words in length (excluding title, authors and their affiliations, and references) and should be structured as per the guidance below. Abstracts can be on an area of practice innovation, research or quality improvement.

To discuss ideas and for guidance, please contact the Torbay and South Devon Clinical School team:
Mary Hickson:
Susie Pearce:
Chris Dixon:
Rich Collins:

Closing date: 9:00 on 28 August 2019

You should include:

  • Title of presentation – a title which accurately describes the study.
  • Authors – the names of all authors, job titles and place of work.
  • Background/aims – a brief explanation of how the study developed from existing knowledge and literature (the problem being addressed).
  • Findings – where possible, please include key findings of the research. For studies in progress with results to follow, please indicate this, explaining your plans for data analysis. For service innovations, please provide a description of innovation/impact.
  • Discussion/Conclusions – this is an opportunity to explain why the findings or impact are of interest and importance, and implications they may have for practice or teaching.
  • The email address and contact telephone number of the lead author/ presenter.
  • Whether you would like to present as poster or an oral concurrent session.

South West Clinical Schools

The South West Clinical Schools are a collaboration between the University of Plymouth and the NHS, working with nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals at all stages of their clinical and academic development.

Our work with local health services has identified the urgent need to capture improvements in patient and family outcomes, as well as ensure that existing evidence is used to best develop the research led by non-medical health professionals. To meet these needs, we have invested in clinical schools, which are professorial-led centres, in five of our local NHS trusts. The main focus for the clinical schools is to encourage health professionals to look at their practice, challenge current thinking, try out new ideas and work out ways to measure what they're doing.

Find out more about the South West Clinical Schools

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