Thank you to everybody who contributed to this year’s conference by submitting an abstract for a poster or oral presentation. The submission deadline has passed but you can still read our top tips on writing an abstract and how they are scored.

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Top tips on writing your abstract


The text of your abstract should not exceed 300 words, excluding the title, authors’ names and references. The title should not exceed 100 characters. 

Abstracts must be written in English and any abbreviations explained.

In order to facilitate the anonymous review process, the abstract text should not contain information about its authors or employing organisations.

Where appropriate, you should: 

  • use generic, rather than proprietary, names of drugs
  • indicate the source of any funding of your work or any conflicts of interest. 

You can pick up further tips on writing an abstract by reading this ehospice article - ‘How to write a compelling abstract for Hospice UK’s national conference’.

Find out how abstracts are reviewed and scored


The aim of the anonymous peer review process is to give everyone an equal opportunity for their abstract to be selected for an oral presentation or displayed poster.

The reviewers do not know the names or workplace of people whose abstracts they review. Each abstract is independently scored against a set criteria of headings by two reviewers. These scores inform decisions made at the final abstract decision meeting (held later in the summer).

We strongly advise you to describe enough detail under each of the headings so that the peer reviewers can allocate scores for your abstract. All sections are scored so ALL sections should have content (except for the Conclusion relating to abstracts for work in progress).

Each of our peer reviewers scores your abstract out of a maximum of 18 points. Any empty sections in your submission will score Zero points. There are six section headings and each of these should be included in your abstract (the only exception being the ‘Conclusion’ for abstracts submitted as ‘work in progress’).  Each of the 6 sections are scored 0 - 3.

The six section headings are: 

  1. Background: What is the rationale or gap in knowledge/practice that the work is based upon? (maximum 3 points)
  2. Aim(s): What does the work/project aim to achieve and who for? (maximum 3 points)
  3. Methods: What are/were the methods used to deliver or evaluate the work/project? (maximum 3 points)
  4. Results: What are/were the anticipated results and how will they make a difference? (maximum 3 points)
  5. Conclusions: Do the conclusions and recommendations seem logical from the completed or anticipated results? (maximum 3 points)
  6. How innovative or of interest is the abstract? (maximum 3 points)

In addition, please include five references, using the Vancouver style of referencing. For more information about the Vancouver style of referencing, see this guide from the library at the University of York.

The peer reviewers will also be asked for their recommendation for each submitted abstract i.e. oral presentation, displayed poster or a declined abstract as well as given an opportunity to add any final comments.

To help you a copy of the scoring criteria sheet is available to download

We have also produced the following imaginary examples of abstracts with explanations as to why they would or wouldn’t be accepted:

• Example 1: Abstract Will Not Be Accepted
• Example 2: Abstract Unlikely To Be Accepted
• Example 3: Abstract Likely To Be Accepted
• Example 4: Abstract Very Likely To Be Accepted

Good luck, we look forward to receiving your abstract and seeing many of you at the conference.



The deadline for submitting an abstract was 23:59 on Monday 16 May 2022. Note that there will be no extensions to this deadline.

You will no longer be able to edit your abstract content.

You will have received an automated email response confirming receipt. If you did not receive this, please contact Lisa at:

To submit, you will have visited the Compleat Conference website to register a new account and this will allow you to log back into your profile at a later date and view the status of your abstract submission. 

If you have any problems, please email

During the week beginning 11 July we’ll let you know by email whether your abstract has been accepted.

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