The BMA’s 2019 public health medicine conference will take place on Tuesday 5 March 2019 at BMA House, London. It is the BMA’s policy forum for public health doctors. This year’s theme is resilience of public health systems and people. You don’t need to be a BMA member to attend.
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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 speakers including Mark Trewin, mental health social care advisor at DHSC and NHS England, and Dr Clare Gerada, medical director, Practitioner Health Programme. They will be speaking on how mental health services within local authorities can maintain their system and personal resilience in the face of ongoing funding challenges.
- 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 9.15am with the conference commencing at 10am. Following the close of the conference programme at 4.40pm, there will be a drinks reception until 6pm offering more informal networking opportunities.
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 noon on Monday 14 January 2019. Topical motions on issues that arise after the deadline can be submitted up to noon on Monday 4 March 2019. The agenda committee would particularly welcome motions inspired by the theme of the conference. Motions should be submitted by e-mail to [email protected].
Guidance on writing a motion
For further information on how to draft and submit a motion, please email the conference secretariat at [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 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.
Helping you to attend (BMA members only)
Please contact BMA conferences for more information about care facilities for children and dependent adults, which can be provided free of charge including in your own home by your usual care provider. Please send in the request as soon as possible and in any event no later than Friday 15 February 2019 as we cannot guarantee to provide this facility if notice is given after this date.
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 to make use of the cheap deals that are available. If in doubt, please contact [email protected] prior to making your travel arrangements.
The cost of overnight stays will normally only be met if it is necessary for the attendees to leave home before 6.30am. Nonetheless you must gain advance approval for a claim of accommodation costs. If you require the BMA to cover the cost of your overnight accommodation or have queries about it, you must email your request in advance to [email protected]
Accommodation expenses will be reimbursed up to a maximum of £205 per night. Delegates will be expected to cover any difference themselves.