Rheumatology conference in Sheffield was biggest yet

Rheumatology conference in Sheffield was biggest yet

08 November 2017

Anne-Marie McMahon, Sheffield ambassador and consultant rheumatologist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, is still buzzing from the success of Sheffield’s first ever conference for the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR).

The event, which is jointly organised by a local host and the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR), is held at a different venue annually and welcomes rheumatology specialists from all corners of the UK.

With more than 300 delegates in attendance, this year’s three-day event was the largest in the conference’s history and, in Cutlers' Hall, they found one of the grandest venues they’d ever had.

“I remember my first BSPAR conference being really inspiring, so I was determined to do a good job,” said Anne-Marie. “The whole conference had a great energy and everyone really enjoyed the ambience at Cutlers’ Hall. Our educational programme, which showcased Sheffield's musculoskeletal expertise, had positive feedback too so I felt we did Sheffield proud and Sheffield did us proud.”

The help provided by the Sheffield Ambassador Programme was also ‘invaluable’ to Anne-Marie. “We probably wouldn’t have had a conference if it wasn’t for Gemma at Marketing Sheffield, who helped us organise the event from the very beginning in January 2016,” she continued.

“Gemma and her team have a great relationship with venues so we could identify the most suitable location without having to start from scratch. The BSR would now like to use this model again when they’re organising events outside London.”

Though Anne-Marie currently has no firm plans for hosting another event, it seems one will soon be on the horizon.

“We’re quite a new team and, while we’ve organised several education days, we had never done anything on the scale of the BSPAR conference - but I didn’t realise just how much the smaller events had prepared us for this.

“I’ve definitely caught the conferencing bug now and I’m already looking into what other events or courses we could host in the future.”

The Sheffield Ambassador Programme is searching for more people like Anne-Marie to become ambassadors. If you bring conferences to the city, or would like to, you could benefit from the free, expert support available.

You can find out more here. If you’d like to speak to someone about becoming a Sheffield Conference Ambassador, or attending the ambassador dinner on 22 November, contact Gemma Tissington on 0114 273 5978 or Gemma.Tissington@sheffield.gov.uk.