Unite-CPHVA annual professional conference

07 September 2018

Everything you need to know about the Unite-CPHVA annual professional conference.

This year’s Unite-CPHVA annual professional conference is just around the corner – next month to be precise (17 to 18 October) – so if you haven’t got your tickets yet, now’s the time to find out exactly what you can expect and the invaluable benefits you’ll gain by attending. Plus discover the best ways to get there, the ticket price options and even how you might be able to fund your place.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Learn from the past: your role, your voice, your future’. This year of course is a special anniversary one, so the 2018 conference will be celebrating the achievements of the NHS, the suffragette movement and contributions from the Windrush generation. Here’s all you need to know…


Who's speaking?

The impressive range of speakers include the chief nursing officers for Northern Ireland and Wales; the professional advisor for public health to the Scottish Government; the chief information officer at NHS England; the shadow secretary of state for health; and the programme director of Unicef – as well of course as leading academics and campaigners. Topics will include the future of public health, the role of technology, health literacy, CNN registration, and paternal mental health. For the full programme, visit and for the full list of speakers, see


Where is it?

Address: Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH

This year the conference is being held at the Bournemouth International Centre – one of the largest venues for conferences, exhibitions, entertainment and events in southern England. The centre is also close to Bournemouth’s beach and pier, gardens and town centre – handy as Bournemouth itself has seven miles of award-winning beaches, plus traditional seaside piers to walk along. There are also 2000 acres of gardens and parks, plus plenty of entertainment and shops to help you get the most from your visit, or if you wanted to extend your stay.

To make it as simple as possible, Redactive Events has arranged special rates at a number of hotels near the Bournemouth International Centre.

For more information on accommodation, see and for Bournemouth itself, visit

Getting there;

  • If driving, there are excellent road links, and a multi-storey car park you can use
  • Daily train services offer regular direct connections from around the UK
  • The train station in Bournemouth is around 1.5 miles from the BIC
  • Bournemouth Airport is about a 10- to 20-minute drive from the town centre

For more directions and all delegate information, see


The social part

The legendary conference party is back! And this time you can vote for your favourite theme. Which will it be?

The party will be held on the evening of 17 October at the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel. Expect great music, delicious food and plenty of fun.

Simply go the survey at to have your say and vote by Wednesday 19 September.


Funding your place

There are many options for help with funding your attendance at conference, either from Unite branches 
or your employer. If asking for funding from your employer, some concrete points can help gain managerial approval.

They include:

  • 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 with the team.

It might be possible to get financial support from your Unite branch, especially if you attend their branch meetings, or keep in touch with what they’re doing. Each branch has funds that can be used where considered appropriate, and that might include supporting members to attend conference. A good plan is to ask for items that can be evidenced with a receipt – such as the cost of a ticket, travel or accommodation – so the branch can keep an accurate record of money spent. The request is best made in writing to the branch secretary. Ideally attend the next meeting, too.



All bookings must be paid for before the conference

  • Group discounts are available for multiple bookings
  • Prices exclude VAT

For further information, see