BSGE ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING 2019, CELTIC MANOR
Prudent healthcare through innovation, technology and excellence
On behalf of the local organising committee, we wish to invite you to Celtic Manor for the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. This event results from collaboration between teams from Bristol and Cardiff, and we chose Celtic Manor because of its excellent conference facilities, and location between both cities. The initial concept of this meeting was raised by trainees and from that point on, it has been driven by the trainee members of the LOC. We are extremely proud of our younger colleagues and feel privileged to work with them.
Our theme is of providing prudent healthcare through innovation, technology and excellence. Prudent healthcare embodies co production, effective use of resources, doing only what is needed and reduction of inappropriate variation using evidence based practice. We are confident that as minimal access surgeons these principles must already be embedded in your practice. Minimal access surgery innovates continuously with new technology as it strives for excellence and has a fantastic track record of improving patient’s lives as a result.
Our programme is designed to challenge as well as inform, and our invited speakers are able to do both. Novel presentation methods with the aim of increasing audience participation have been introduced into the programme.
Our specialty could not exist without technology, which enables us to provide a clinical service to our patients. In a broader sense, the close relationship that the BSGE has with industry sponsors also means that we are able to put on meetings such as the ASM, as well as running our training programmes throughout the year. We are grateful for the continued support from our industry partners.
The BSGE is a multi-disciplinary society. With this in mind, the programme has been developed so that participation is also multi-disciplinary. We have moved away from the nurse / doctor split in the programme, and hope that members of every sort will be able to learn from and contribute to the sessions together, reflecting the joint manner in which we all spend our working lives. It is this sort of teamworking that results in excellence in patient outcomes.
Celtic Manor is a “full on” conference venue. It has hosted the G7 summit, so it has all the infrastructure required for our ASM. Newport, the nearest town is some distance away, so the majority of delegates will enjoy the on-site conference facilities for the duration of their stay. A very competitive room rate has been negotiated and is available for the duration of the conference shortly before and afterwards, but must be booked by mid February so please make your plans early. We hope that this allows you all to join us. The social programme will also give us plenty of opportunities for catching up, and socialising with colleagues.
The BSGE has long-standing tradition of lapsing into comedy after Gala dinner and many will remember ” Pedro” … and “the toothbrush salesman”. We are revisiting this tradition but at a much higher level with our infamous after dinner speaker Adam Kay.
The BSGE is a vibrant and energetic society and its success depends solely on you, the members. We hope that you contribute and participate in our ASM, and look forward to meeting you all at Celtic Manor 2019.
Sanjay Vyas, Co-chairman LOC, Bristol Richard Penketh, Co-chairman LOC, Cardiff