I am very grateful to the Scottish Cardiac Society for the Emily Taylor Travel Award. This enabled me to attend the 2018 Royal College of Nursing and Midwifery International Nursing Research Conference in Birmingham, where I presented my poster on patient recruitment into research within an acute cardiology setting. The conference was attended by research nurses and nurse researchers from a range of different specialties and institutions. Despite being from different specialties, many people had experienced similar challenges when recruiting patients to clinical trials. My poster stimulated some great discussion with other research teams around different recruitment strategies and I received many valuable comments. I was able to take back some of these suggestions to the team, which may be beneficial for our future research studies.
It was a very informative conference with many networking opportunities. I was able to hear about nursing research developments and speak to many experienced researchers about the different methodologies they had used. This will be beneficial to me in my future career as I hope to undertake my own cardiology research project. Furthermore, it was highly valuable speaking to research teams who have undertaken patient and public involvement work, as our team were in the process of developing a patient advisory group. Since this conference we have had our first patient and public involvement meeting with our patient advisory panel, which was a great success.