The BMA’s 2018 public health medicine conference will take place on Friday 8 June 2018 at BMA House, London. It is the BMA’s policy forum for public health doctors. You don’t need to be a BMA member to attend.
Why should you attend?
The conference provides an opportunity for public health doctors from across the UK to meet together to discuss key issues, hear from leaders of the public health community, network, share experiences and set the policy and negotiating priorities for the BMA public health medicine committee for the coming year.
The aim is to enable high levels of participation throughout the day. This year’s conference will include:
- Keynote speech, 'Sustainability in an era of uncertainty, devolution, and localism: What are the opportunities for public health' from Dr Jennifer Dixon, chief executive of The Health Foundation
- Parallel sessions for doctors working in Public Health England, local government and the devolved nations and for public health trainees;
- Opportunities to hear from the BMA on its public health work during the last year including its representation of public health trainees and to hold it to account on that work;
- Debate of motions sent in by you, giving you the chance to decide which issues are important and to influence the work of the BMA in the coming year;
- Opportunities to raise and discuss general issues of importance with colleagues in public health and from other branches of medicine.
There will be a teach-in for new representatives at 9.30am with the conference commencing at 10.00am. Following the close of the conference programme at 5.30pm, there will be a drinks reception until 6.30pm offering more informal networking opportunities.
See last year's highlights
You will be able to attend one of the following parallel sessions taking place during the day, and you can indicate your preference on the booking form.
The sessions will be on the following subjects (further details to follow):
- Public Health England, Department of Health, NHS England and other Arms-Length Bodies
- Local government
- The devolved nations
- Public health trainees
- Other sectors: Academics, Global Health, Private Sector, NGOs
Motions for debate
There will be an opportunity for all representatives to submit motions for debate that could shape the BMA’s agenda over the coming years. The deadline for submission of motions is midday on Friday 6 April. Topical motions on issues that arise after the deadline can be submitted up to Thursday 7 June.
For further information on how to submit a motion, please email Alex Young.
See our guidance on writing a motion
Expenses and accommodation – applicable to BMA members only
Reasonable standard class travel expenses will be reimbursed for attendees on production of receipts. You are asked to make every effort to book tickets in advance, and make use of the cheap deals that are available. If in doubt, please contact [email protected] prior to making your travel arrangements.
You must gain advance approval if you need to claim for accommodation. Accommodation expenses will be reimbursed up to a maximum of £205.00 per night.
Please note that the cost of overnight stays will only be met if it is necessary for the attendees to leave home before 6.30am or arrive back at home later than 11pm. If you require the BMA to cover the cost of your overnight accommodation, you must email your request in advance to [email protected].
Attending the conference
Places at the conference are now open on a first come first served basis until the relevant places are filled.
Attendance is free to BMA members and costs £40 for non-members and includes refreshments and a delegate pack.
Non-members are entitled to the BMA rate if they join the BMA when registering. For further information about this call BMA conferences on 020 7383 6819/6137.
If for any reason after registering you should find yourself no longer able to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so your place can be allocated to someone else.