Annual conference excuses

We know Annual Conference makes a difference to every delegate who attends, but if you are looking for reasons not to go to the 2019 Annual Conference here are some excuses,  however we have also given you counter arguments … so read on..

 “There aren’t enough sessions in my area of practice that makes coming to Conference worthwhile.”

Conference is an excellent opportunity to broaden your knowledge of the profession. You can find out about the political and social policies that will affect the future of occupational therapy and hear how other services have addressed issues you are currently facing in the workplace. You will definitely find sessions relevant to your practice.

 “I’m too busy at work to take the time off for Conference.”

Conference takes place over just two days. It’s being held in one of the best transport networked locations, cutting travelling time for many. At Conference you can gather useful information and evidence to support your practice, enabling you to work smarter, not harder. It is an investment in time, but you will see the benefits of attending Conference as soon as you return to work.

 “In the current economic climate I’m certain I won’t get funding.”

Conference is a cost effective way to support your CPD and help you improve your practice. Most organisations require a business case or supporting statements that outline how they will benefit from you attending Conference. View a business case and letter template you can use when asking your employer for funding. And remember…if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

 “There’s nothing new at Conference.”

We always have world leading and innovative occupational therapists presenting at our Annual Conferences, and with the scientific programme that has gone through a rigorous peer review process, there is always something new being shared and discussed. Sessions cover a range of subjects including innovation in clinical practice, social media and latest research outcomes, so you will be better informed when identifying the best and most cost effective solutions within your practice.

 “My department is under threat of closure; I can’t possibly spend two days away from work.”

There are sessions on how to promote your services and how to use outcome measures to evaluate the effectiveness of your practice. Can you really afford not to be at Conference?

“I won’t know anybody there”

There are many events to help delegates get to know each other, for example an informal drinks reception. There are also networking opportunities.  We’re a very friendly bunch, and we’re sure you’ll be surprised by how many people you know from within the occupational therapy community.

“I am a manager and not practising; why should I attend Conference?”

Not all sessions at Conference are clinically based. There are sessions that address management and leadership issues facing the profession; how to influence stakeholders and promote the service you run. Conference offers you the opportunity to update your knowledge and hear about the latest thinking in occupational therapy. If you’re still registered with HCPC, Conference will provide useful and relevant CPD evidence for your portfolio.


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