Research Symposium 2021

The year’s research symposium provides an exciting opportunity for international research collaboration. In line with our conference theme ‘Critical Care across the world: breaking down barriers’, across two sessions we will hear how a number of different countries are developing nurse led research; offering a chance for learning together how we can improve the health outcomes and experiences of our critically ill patients and their families.

The symposium is split into two sessions (morning and afternoon). Each session will include two 30-minute presentations followed by time for questions and discussion.


The morning session (11.30-13.10) focuses on developments within the UK and Ireland:

Professor Suzanne Bench

Suzanne, a professor of critical care nursing in London, England will focus on the development of nurse led research in England. This will include an overview of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) 70@70 senior nurse research leader programme, the nursing and midwifery incubator and an update on new nursing research leadership posts in in England.

Natalie McEvoy

Natalie is a member of the Irish Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is the first critical care research nurse associated with the RCSI to be appointed in Ireland and is currently undertaking her PhD. Natalie will talk about her journey from research nurse to nurse researcher.


The afternoon session (14.00-15.40pm) focuses on nurse led research outside of the UK: 

Dr Peter Nydhal

Drawing on his own experiences as a clinical-academic nurse, Peter will share with us the situation in Germany focusing on how nurses become researchers and some of the challenges and facilitators related to this.

Dr Frances Lin

Frances is an Associate Professor of Nursing in Queensland Australia. Her talk uses a case study approach to discuss their collaborative research, which involves nursing academics working in partnership with critical care clinicians to conduct clinical research and to build future clinical nursing research capacity.