Our annual Conference enjoyed for many years as a lively hotel based event with great speakers, great networking opportunities and plenty of dancing. So, when it came to planning the 2020 conference it was with some trepidation.
COVID-19 has brought with it many challenges and with large gatherings out of the question we knew that our conference must take on a new form. But challenges bring opportunities, and at Unite Professionals we are not know for shying away from an opportunity.
And present an opportunity it did. The hotel became a platform, and the delegates invited to join us from their homes far and wide.
Our Vision, Recognised.
Months of planning came to fruition and on 21st October we were proud to open our first virtual conference. A live presentation from globally renowned limb reconstruction surgeon, Mr Matija KrKovic with an enthusiastic Q&A session (and some pretty graphic images) set us off with a bang.
“Lots of inspiring sessions. Hearing from my amazing UPL colleagues also made me feel proud to be a part of UPL”.
UP Conference Delegate
As the conference progressed, we heard from Ricky Rossiter of Social Care in Action, who then joined the team for a virtual coffee and a chat in our online break out room. Our own team members Catherine Cottle and Natalie Beevers discussed how personal hobbies can positively influence well being and have surprising links to their job roles.
Scott Richardson of PACE Prosthetics introduced us to Naked Prosthetics and motivational speaker and counsellor Verna Morris who engaged us all in a very interactive session entitled Readiness For Rehab: are your clients ready?
During their professional careers both MD Jo Evans and Clinical Manager, Rachel Culyer have cultivated relationships with a high calibre of health care professionals, and it is testament to them both that we were able to offer our delegates such a varied programme of events.
Our closing day saw Lauren Hurney of Irwin Mitchell discussing the Swift v Carpenter case which recently had its verdict read in the Court of Appeal, Elizabeth Nightingale of Chiltern Music and Dr Devdeep Ahuja who shared his insight in to chronic pain, litigation and case management.
This year has been a year where our ability to adapt has been rigorously tested. Willingness of our staff and associates to embrace new technology and come together as a countrywide team made our conference a resounding success with a sense of collaboration and spirit that our team is famous for.
As the conference began to draw to a close and we prepared to close our laptops and say virtual fair wells, MD Jo Evans took to the stage and paid tribute to the staff and associates for their support in making the UP journey so far a special one.
Thank you to the presenters, the delegates and of course our conference team.
“As my first virtual conference I enjoyed it and thought it was well organised, informative and enjoyable.”
UP Conference Delegate