James Purdie Award

The James Purdie Prize Award is granted by the Circulation Foundation to the best abstract presentation at the SVN annual conference. The award has been presented following a legacy left by James Purdie, who was a patient with vascular disease under the care of Mr. Tony Chant, the co-founder of the Circulation Foundation.

Call for abstracts

The Society of Vascular Nurses would like to invite all registered nurses working in any setting with vascular patients to submit an abstract for a prize giving session to be held at the annual conference in Glasgow on Thursday 29th November 2018.

The award will be presented during the conference by the Circulation Foundation for £500.

Abstracts must adhere to the following criteria:

  • They must be about an original piece of work. Acceptable submissions include research, audit, practice development projects or original case studies, demonstrating an innovative approach to care. Large or small-scale studies are equally welcome.
  • The work must not have been previously published or presented elsewhere (other than at local audit or teaching sessions).
  • The entrant must have made a substantial contribution to the work, must be the principal author (up to 2 co-authors may be listed) and must deliver the paper in person. Each author listed should accept public responsibility for the integrity and content of the abstract (Entrants must confirm with their manager before submitting the abstract that they will be allowed to attend the conference if their paper is selected.)
  • The entrant is required to be a member of the Society of Vascular Nurses

Maximum length for abstracts is 250 words. Any above this length will automatically be rejected. Up to 3 key references may be included if necessary.

When writing your abstract, it is suggested that you include these specific elements and components:

  • Background: A statement that identifies the nature of the work
  • Aim: A statement of the purpose of the work
  • Method: A sentence or two that explains how the work was done
  • Results: Several sentences that describe the main findings
  • Conclusion: Final sentence that describes the major impact of the work

SVN has collaborated with the Vascular Society to offer joint electronic abstract submission.  Please use the following link to submit your abstract: https://www.vascularsociety.org.uk/asm/abstract_submission.aspx Preliminary closing dates 11th July 12 noon

A subcommittee of the SVN will then grade the abstracts anonymously. Please avoid using any identifying details, e.g. the name of your hospital, in the abstract. If any abstracts have been submitted by a colleague or student of one of the judges, they will declare their interest and will not score that abstract. The marks awarded by the other judges will be adjusted accordingly.

The best abstracts will be selected to be presented at the SVN conference. Any which have not been selected but which reach a satisfactory minimum standard will be invited to give a poster presentation.

Presentation Details

Successful applicants will be required to give a 12 minute presentation at the SVN conference (10 minutes plus 2 minutes for questions). The winning presenter will receive a Circulation Foundation Prize of £500.  The lead author or presenter of the paper will be able to register for the conference free of charge.

The criteria by which the abstracts will be selected for presentation are described below.


Score 0 – no 1-partly 2-yes
1. Is the background to the study explained?
2. Are the aims of the study stated?
3. Are the methods used clearly described and appropriate?
4. Are the results or outcomes clearly presented?
5. Are the implications for vascular nursing practice and/or further research explained?

For tips on presenting at conferences I suggest you read the following article: http://www.nursingtimes.net/stand-up-and-be-heard-at-presentations/201128.article

Past Winners of the James Purdy Prize Award (2004- present)

  • Wendy Hayes – 2004
    Issues in establishing a nurse-led clinic
  • Sarah Jane Owen – 2005
    Nurse led cell salvage
  • Jude Day – 2006
    Versa jet
  • Michael Van Orsouw – 2007
    A review of cardio-vascular risk factors in a diabetic foot clinic
  • Helen Sanderson – 2008
    Development of a wound management team
  • Donna Parkin – 2009
    Nurse led pinch grafting in the diabetic foot
  • Sarah Smith – 2010
    Statin use in intermittent claudication: the impact of a nurse-led claudication clinic
  • Vish Ramoutar – 2011
    Evaluation of inner north east London (INEL) PCT variation in lower limb amputation rates in patients with diabetes
  • Rachael Lear – 2012
    Identifying safety failures in vascular surgery: a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Ben Cooper – 2013
    Development of a specialist nurse led varicose vein service at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
  • Bernie Hannon – 2014
    Lessons to be learnt from the establishment of an ambulatory care for the treatment of varicose veins
  • Rachel Lear – 2015
    A multi-disciplinary, nurse-led study identifies obstacles to safer aortic surgery
  • Lisa Poole – 2016
    Rapid access for the vascular patient and the role of hot clinic
  • Niamh Williams – 2017
    2017 Development and Introduction of an Acute Diabetic Foot Pathway – A Multidisciplinary Approach

Poster Presentation details

For the seventh year in a row there will also be a poster exhibition. The committee invites you to submit an abstract for your poster that, if accepted, will be exhibited at the SVN conference. The posters will be judged by a panel and the winning entry will receive a £100 kindly donated by the Circulation Foundation.

This is an excellent way of sharing good practice, and may not be quite as daunting as giving an oral presentation at conference. Your poster may feature any aspect of vascular clinical practice, research or innovation. It does not need to be commercially produced. The size of the poster should not exceed standard A1 poster size (594mm x 841mm). So come on get thinking and putting your ideas together. Again if anyone would like help or information please feel free to contact us.

For tips on preparing a poster I suggest you read the following excellent article: http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/documents/evidencebasedpractice/files/How%20to%20create%20an%20effect%20Poster%20Pres.pdf