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15 May 2019

International nursing conference to set agenda transforming global health and care

Nurses from around the world will gather in London next year for an international conference on how they can transform global health and care.

Statue of Florence Nightingale
Statue of Florence Nightingale.

The Nightingale2020 conference, takes place 26-28 October 2020 in the ExCel Centre London. It will commemorate the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, and her legacy which continues to inspire and motivate nurses to improve patient care. The event is hosted by the Florence Nightingale Foundation, a close partner of our Faculty.

Nurses make up the largest healthcare workforce in the world and have valuable experience and insight that should be used to transform the way we deliver health and care in the future. We will use Florence Nightingale’s example to challenge outdated practices and let the voice of nurses be heard to drive positive change in international health policy.

Dame Yvonne Moores, Chair of the Florence Nightingale Foundation

The World Health Assembly is expected to declare 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. This is a once in a generation opportunity to put nurses and midwives at the centre of national and global health policy, and to celebrate all that the nursing profession does to improve health across the world. Nursing Now, a collaboration between the World Health Organisation and the International Council of Nursing will present learning and insights from its international campaign to improve health globally by raising the status and profile of nursing.

Barbara Stillwell, Executive Director, Nursing Now said, ‘Nightingale2020 will be a wonderful celebration of the legacy of Florence Nightingale who was an influential and disruptive leader and the first woman member of the Royal Society of Statisticians, and this event will be an exciting opportunity to look forward to the next generation of nursing.’

The Nightingale2020 programme covers four broad themes: 


  • Celebrating the impact nurses have on patient care and health and care systems

World health 

  • Nurse-led primary care solutions
  • Nursing in crisis: refugee health, veteran health and nursing in theatres of war


  • Leadership that positions nursing as a 21stcentury profession 
  • Reaching clinical parity for nurses: training and career support

Health Tech 

  • Patient-centred care through digital technology 
  • Evidence based care through data analytics
  • Genomics and life-sciences
  • Ensuring the nursing workforce is digitally literate

Nightingale2020 will include an Innovation Hub hosting more than 150 workshops, presentations and practical demonstrations. A Scientific Committee is open for papers and submissions and is chaired by Professor Ian Norman, Executive Dean of our Faculty.

Take part in Nightingale 2020

Nightingale2020 is a chance for nurses and midwives to meet and influence nurse leaders from the NHS and around the world. Content submissions for each of the four themes are being accepted until 8 January 2020.

Submit your content for Nightingale 2020