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06 September 2019

Discover all you need to know about this year’s Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference.

Have you got your tickets to this year’s Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference? If not, there is still time! Whether or not you’ve booked yet, here’s all you need to know about what’s happening this year – on 16 and 17 October 2019 at the Harrogate Convention Centre, King’s Road, Harrogate, HG1 5LA. Want to know what you’ll learn, who’ll you hear, and the many ways you can benefit, both professionally and personally? We’ve got that covered. Plus, find out how to get there, the important details of how much it will cost and how you may be able to get support in funding your attendance. Not forgetting your invite to the infamous conference party…

How will you benefit?

  1. Are you a health visitor, school or community nursery nurse, researcher, lecturer or student? You’ll find highly relevant sessions on the programme 
  2. You can tailor the programme to meet your professional and personal needs by selecting your concurrent sessions and masterclasses 
  3. The plenary sessions will give you focused updates on key changes and policies, keeping you in the loop 
  4. There will be the invaluable opportunity to share knowledge and gain insight from fellow practitioners and academics from all four UK nations
  5. Actively develop your skills and further your knowledge, while gaining professional and clinical updates to support your CPD and revalidation
  6. There will be the invaluable opportunity to share knowledge and gain insight from fellow practitioners and academics from all four UK nations
  7. Talk to people from leading organisations to help support you in practice, at the conference exhibition
  8. Be a part of a number of networking events, including the legendary conference party
  9. Last but by no means least, allow yourself to soak up ideas and be inspired!

The speakers

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite will be opening the conference. After which, you’ll find a packed programme which you can tailor to your needs. Leading speakers will include: Professor Alan Emond, emeritus professor of child health at the University of Bristol and senior editor of the latest Health for all children; Yvonne Coghill OBE, director of WRES implementation in NHS England; and Professor Jane Barlow, professor of evidence-based intervention and policy evaluation at the University of Oxford. Topics to be covered will include the future of community practice and public health nursing; equality; mental health at work; and supporting victims of abuse. Find more details at bit.ly/C_programme

This way

Conference this year is being held in the Victorian spa town of Harrogate. The Harrogate Convention Centre has been hosting events for almost 200 years and is in the heart of the North Yorkshire town. If you are able to extend your stay just before or after conference, you’ll find a long list of places to enjoy. On the food front, as well as restaurants, bars and pubs, it’s home to the well-known Bettys – a 100-year-old and popular tea room. To relax in spectacular style, there is the impressive Turkish Baths Harrogate – the UK’s most fully restored Victorian Turkish Baths which also offers spa treatments. There’s a wide range of shops from independent boutiques and antique shops to high-street favourites, too. All of this is just a short walk from the convention centre.

See visitharrogate.co.uk for more information.

Get there and stay

To make your visit as smooth as possible, Redactive events has arranged special rates at two hotels near to the convention centre: Crowne Plaza Harrogate and The Majestic Hotel. Be sure to indicate your chosen hotel and dates when booking for conference. Find more at bit.ly/conference_stay

The train from London is around 3 hours, and less than 2 hours from Manchester and Sheffield. Leeds Bradford Airport is approximately 20 minutes from the convention centre. If driving, there are a number of car parks nearby. See bit.ly/get_to_conference

Find funding

You may be able to get help with funding your place at conference, so explore what’s possible: there are numerous options, from either a Unite branch or your employer.

If asking for funding from your employer, give them concrete reasons for doing so, as this can help to gain managerial approval. For example, say:

  • ‘It will support revalidation, with best-practice workshops, plenary sessions and masterclasses.’
  • ‘I’ll hear policy updates on the latest regulatory challenges.’
  • ‘I’ll bring back useful insights to share.’

Financial support from your Unite branch might also be possible, especially if you attend their meetings. Each branch has funds that can be used where considered appropriate, and that might include supporting members to attend conference. Try:

  • Asking for items that can be evidenced with a receipt – such as the cost of a ticket or travel. The branch can then keep a record of money spent
  • Aim to make the request in writing to the branch secretary
  • Ideally attend the next branch meeting.

Ticket pricing

  • All bookings must be paid for before the conference
  • Group discounts are available for multiple bookings
  • Prices exclude VAT

For further information, see bit.ly/get_to_conference