The College of Podiatry, Annual Conference and Exhibition 2014 will bring more than 1200 business visitors to Bournemouth during the run-up to Christmas.

Under the banner Making Connections, the conference at Bournemouth International Centre features a varied and exciting programme with speeches from top international and UK keynote presenters, and a wide range of concurrent sessions and workshops, covering the specialist podiatry spectrum.

All the keynote speakers are well known in the industry, but one stands out as a familiar public face. Opening the plenary session on Thursday morning, will be GP, writer and broadcaster Dr Phil Hammond, Private Eye’s medical correspondent and a presenter on popular TV shows such as Have I Got News for You and Trust Me, I’m a Doctor.

The event hosts the largest podiatry exhibition in Europe, with over 70 exhibitors showcasing and demonstrating the latest technology. This conference has an energetic, yet relaxed style, with generous session breaks, a free wine and networking reception and a Casino Royale Conference Dinner and Party in the Bournemouth Pavilion.

The event will occupy 2400 bed nights in Bournemouth and bring more than £800,000 into the local economy through business tourism.

“I am very pleased to welcome the College of Podiatry back to Bournemouth,” says Pat Coyne, BH Live’s Director of Venues. “The mix of conference, exhibition and hospitality makes the most of the facilities we have at Bournemouth International Centre and the nearby Bournemouth Pavilion. Delegates can look forward to a warm welcome here and from our partners throughout the town.”

“We have put together a programme which is all about making connections, whether re-establishing old ones or making new ones,” says Conference Chair Dr Ivan Bristow. “We’ll have three days packed with concurrent sessions covering all aspects of practice to help delegates to refresh and develop new skills. With independent prescribing now a reality, we will be looking at what this means for our members. “

Registration and the Exhibition open at 08:30am on Thursday 13 November 2014 and the conference runs until 3.30pm on Saturday 15 November 2014.

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