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Justify your Attendance

Justify your Attendance for a conference

If you need to get approval from your manager or training department to attend one of our events, then the following tips have been put together to help you put your business case forward.

Identify the technical benefits

Focus on the benefits to your organisation, not on how much you want to go. Are there specific sessions that have particular relevance to your role or your department? Can you take back any of the following?:

  • Tools and techniques to improve your skill set
  • Processes or best practices to increase productivity and efficiency
  • Second day workshops to help you overcome a specific problem
  • Information on changing requirements, policies or commercial opportunities
  • Teambuilding and development - if you are sending a group of delegates
  • The event vs consultancy fees: how much would similar insight cost if you were to pay a consultant for two days? Would it be as wide ranging as a conference?

Take advantage of the opportunity to network

Focus on the unique audience that your chosen event will attract. Where else will you be able to mix in person with an audience of like-minded individuals with similar information requirements? Highlight the networking benefits in your attendance request document/conversation. You will be able to:

  • Discuss problems and challenges that you are facing with your peers
  • Talk as an equal with Clinical, Service and Nurse leads
  • Establish future opportunities; the value of knowledgeable, helpful contacts must not be underestimated
  • Develop your contacts, catch-up with existing relationships and build your network

Cost saving tips

Don’t forget to show your approving manager how much you have saved:

  • Book with a colleague or your team. Find people to attend with from your Trust or across your patient pathway and achieve real savings. For public sector attendees, prices dip from £384 for one place to £299 each when you book two places and £284 each when you book four or more places. All prices are plus VAT.
  • Check out cheaper accommodation. Each event has a special deal with the local hotel. Alternatively Premier Inn offer good prices for those willing to book in advance Premier Inn
  • The cost of train travel can be reduced substantially by following these four steps:

Post conference benefits

  • Deliver a short presentation with a question and answer session after the event to share your findings with your colleagues. Brief and train your colleagues and they will benefit from your attendance too.
  • Share the speaker presentations with your colleagues, you will have access to these in PDF format after the conference via the conference website.
  • Use at least one thing you have learned at the conference to benefit your organisation; be it a new business contact; cost saving as a result of an improvement in your processes.
  • Of course, make sure you tell your approving manager what you achieved!
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SBK Healthcare is the leading provider of service delivery conferences, seminars and workshops for managers, nurses and clinicians working in the NHS.

  SBK Healthcare

10 Churchill Square,
Kings Hill, West Malling,
Kent ME19 4YU

Tel: 01732 897 788
Email: enquiries@sbk-healthcare.co.uk
Business Hours : 8:30 - 5:00

SBK Healthcare provides conferences, seminars3 and forums for NHS staff to come together and learn from NHS leaders across the country as well as each other. Every NHS course held by SBK Healthcare focuses on the unique clinical or operational demands that are putting the NHS workforce under pressure. By sharing examples of achievable service delivery, case studies of innovative clinical implementation and forums for attendees to meet like-minded individuals who are all striving for change, each NHS conference is designed to inform, inspire and motivate. Every NHS course is thoroughly researched and produced to help different NHS services to improve their patient experience, drive forward efficiency, and build better outcomes.

In 2016, we held over 85 dedicated NHS conferences and NHS courses. For 2017, we are currently developing over 95 forums to take place in Manchester, Birmingham, York, Bristol, Leicester, London, Leeds, Cambridge and Stirling. These events have and will cover the following NHS service areas: Acute Oncology, Admissions and Discharge, Cancer, Chemotherapy, Clinical Coding, Clinical Governance, Clinical Research, Continuous Glucose Monitoring, Critical Care, CAMHS, Diabetes Prevention, Diagnostics & Radiology, Digital Solutions, End of Life, Endoscopy, Emergency Unscheduled, Family Integrated Care, Gynaecology, Heart Failure, IAPT, IV therapy, Immunotherapy, Information Governance, Insulin Pumps, Maternity, Medical Devices, Mental Health, Neonatal, Non-Medical Prescribing, Nuclear Medicine, Nurses, Nutrition and Dietetics, Older People, Ophthalmology, Outpatients, Paediatrics, Pathology, POCT, Palliative Care, Patient Experience, Pathology, Pre-Operative Assessment, PWP Development, Rehabilitation, Renal, Respiratory Service, Stroke, Virtual Clinics.

Operating as a small business, SBK Healthcare provide industry-supported National Networking Forums in addition to SBK Healthcare conferences and courses, which are research driven and enabled through attendee funding.

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