State of the Art: extension to standard registration date

Dear colleague

Registrations for State of the Art 2015 are at a record high, with nearly 800 of you already signed up – this is higher than at this stage in any previous year.  It promises to be a vibrant meeting and we are looking forward to seeing you.

For medical staff of all grades, we appreciate that the proposed second day of industrial action on 8th December may be causing some uncertainty over Trust planning and study leave, not least as it is unclear which way things will go after 1st December. 

For this reason, we have extended the standard registration fee deadline until midnight on Friday 4th December, and will keep the conference fees at current levels until then.  We hope this will avoid any financial penalty if you need to wait before registering.  For simplicity and parity, we will apply the same arrangements for nursing and AHP registrations.  Please note the online booking system will close on Monday 30th November, but you will be able to register at the same delegate rates by telephone (website will be updated with details).

For junior doctors who already have approved leave and are wondering about the BMA view, new FAQs are due out from them soon but our understanding from Mark Porter is that if you have booked external professional or study leave, the BMA supports you attending planned educational events, and would not expect you to participate in industrial action.  You will need to inform your employer as normal.

We have been in contact with our speakers and are planning to run the full programme with minimal substitutions.  We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Ganesh Suntharalingam

State of the Art Programme Lead