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Call for Abstracts

Why Submit An Abstract?

The oral presentation of abstracts and the display of posters detailing work done by both members and non-members is a key element in the exchange of good practice at BLS Conference. It provides an opportunity to bring work to the attention of a wide audience, enhancing the prestige of the presenter.

How and when to submit an abstract?

All abstracts must be submitted by midnight on Friday 26th May using the Oxford Abstract System. You will need to create a login and upload your abstract. Please follow this link to the BLS Conference page click here

What can I submit?

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations may be submitted on the following:

* Research studies,

* Clinical audits,

* Case reports,

* Service developments/ educational initiatives including user involvement,

* Literature reviews.

Abstract Format

The maximum word limit for an abstract is 250, excluding the title. Please use the headings below as guidance for setting out your abstract.


Research Study Clinical Audit Case Report Service Development Educational Initiative
  • Introduction / background
  • Aims
  • Methods (including Ethical approval)
  • Results
  • Conclusions i.e. what does the study add to existing knowledge
  • Introduction
  • Audit aims
  • Standards being audited
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions i.e. in relation to any changes in practice or revision of standards
  • Describe original / rare cases
  • Reason for report
  • Case(s) description (confirm consent obtained)
  • Discussion eg. Compare with previous reports, implications for practice
  • Aims
  • Description
  • Evaluation
  • Introduction
  • Aims
  • Rationale
  • Description
  • Evaluation

How are the abstracts judged and when will I be informed of the outcome?

The Scientific Committee review all submitted abstracts using an anonymised system. Applicants will be informed if their abstract is successful by mid-August 2017. If you are not successful this time the Scientific Committee will provide you with feedback and hope you will resubmit next year.
Please read and follow the guidance provided on top tips for writing an abstract and choosing a title (see attached document). This document includes details of what the Scientific Committee are looking for when reviewing an abstract.
If you have any questions relating to your abstract please do not hesitate to ask for advice from the Scientific Committee (Katie.Riches@nhs.net).
On submission of an abstract you are agreeing to attend the BLS conference and present your oral presentation/poster at whatever time is scheduled within the conference programme. The BLS Scientific Committee will decide on the appropriate time to allocate based on the nature of the abstract and its content.
All Abstracts will be reproduced in the Conference Programme and submission of an Abstract constitutes consent for publication.


Extra reasons for submitting an abstract… Win a prize

The four abstract categories are as follows:

  • Best novice poster presentation
  • Best overall poster presentation
  • Best novice oral abstract presentation
  • Best overall oral abstract presentation

The prize, sponsored by Mark Allen Healthcare, will be a journal subscription of the winner’s choice from their range of publicationsThe BLS Scientific Committee will decide on the winners and their decision will be final.

These awards will be presented at the end of the conference. Both members and non-members who are attending the conference are encouraged to submit their submisisons.


Deadline for submission: 26th May 2017 via the Oxford Abstract system, please click here.