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Published on 4 April 2012

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GHP/UKCPA conference marks Titanic centenary

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Registration has opened for the GHP/UKCPA 8th Joint National Conference, which will be held at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on 18–20 May 2012.

This prestigious annual event offers high quality keynote addresses, satellite meetings, medical exhibition and interactive workshops all at the same centre.

A final mention by the organisations is that the timing of the conference, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, will be recognised with the conference dinner in the Titanic Exhibition Centre.

This event is the pre-eminent annual conference for pharmacists in the NHS and organised by two pharmacy organisations GHP/UKCPA working in partnership to enhance the learning and development of their members from pre-qualification, post registration and specialisation and for some beyond into post practice or retirement.

The organisations say they have developed this pre-eminence through development of full and diverse programmes both educationally and socially with ample opportunities to network with peers and colleagues in part through plenaries on a range of national issues that will improve knowledge, interactive workshops that should improve practice and social events that allow more informal interaction and learning.

The organisations are grateful for the support of industry sponsors that allows them to increase delegates’ networking opportunities, provide greater exposure to changes in healthcare and delivery and ensure the organisations can deliver the conference at an economic price.

The key attraction of the conference is presentations by leading practitioners in their field, which provides delegates with the opportunity to improve and develop their own staff and services.

The organisations say in their press release: “We anticipate a high turnout for the work sessions due to the excellent quality of presenters, and there are a wide range of topics to suit all, irrespective of interest and experience.

“Some sessions will be more popular than others and allocation is on a first come, first served basis. But stretch yourself and avoid the crowds – evidence suggests that when faced with continuing education opportunities we tend to choose those we already know something about, whereas we actually learn more from those where initial knowledge is minimal.

“The social programme will be no less challenging. The Friday evening soiree will be in-house again this year, so we hope that you will take this opportunity to network socially with your colleagues.

“We are particularly fortunate that this year the conference dinner on Saturday night will be in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and be held in the Titanic Exhibition Centre.


“The 2012 conference promises to be another excellent event and we hope you are able to join us.”



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