Public health medicine conference 2022

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Hybrid event - virtual and at BMA House
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The conference is the BMA’s policy forum for public health doctors. This year’s theme is Healthy Planet, Healthy Humans: Global Health and Climate Change. You don’t need to be a BMA member to attend.

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Free for BMA members

Members: Free-of-charge
Non-members: £20 including VAT

Sign in using your BMA account details to register; non members may apply for temporary web access.

The conference will be a hybrid event and so delegates may attend in-person at BMA House, or virtually by MS Teams. Please indicate on the booking form how you intend to take part in the event.

We are keen to ensure that the conference is as accessible as possible. Please let us know what we can do to make this event fully accessible to you. If you would like to discuss your access requirements further, please contact [email protected]


Why should you attend?

The conference provides an opportunity for public health doctors from across the UK to meet together to reflect on and discuss key issues. You will also hear from leaders of the public health community, have the opportunity to network and share experiences as well as 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:

  • hearing from Sir Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health affiliated with the Centre for Climate Change and Planetary Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • engaging with an experienced panel on the practical measures to take on the ground in response to the global health 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.

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 9am on Thursday 12 May. The agenda committee would particularly welcome motions inspired by the theme of the conference. Motions should be submitted by e-mail to [email protected] 

Read our 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 £20 for non-members and includes refreshments and a delegate pack.

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)

If you need to make special arrangements to care for children or adult dependents in order to attend, the BMA is able to meet the cost of that additional care.

Support is available for those who request it by Wednesday 11 May 2022. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee to provide this facility if the request is made after this date.

Please contact Winifred Annan on [email protected] for further information or if you wish to make a request for support.

Travel costs

Reasonable standard class travel expenses will be reimbursed for attendees on production of receipts. You are asked to make every effort to book advance tickets and to make use of the cheap deals that are available. If in doubt, please contact [email protected] prior to making your travel arrangements.

Accommodation costs

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.

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