6 March 2020
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has today announced the cancellation of its Spring Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Conference, scheduled to take place at Bournemouth International Centre from 24 to 26 March, following the escalation of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Europe and the UK.
The College has been following UK government guidelines and monitoring the development of the situation closely, but after consultation with College Council we have made the decision to cancel this year’s event.
We are very disappointed to have to cancel the CPD Conference and apologise to our delegates for any inconvenience caused. All delegates have been notified and will be fully refunded by Monday 16 March. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
We want to do our part in containing the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety and health of our communities. Now more than ever the wellbeing of our members, who are uniquely placed to help tackle this growing emergency, is essential. It has therefore been agreed that, as a precautionary measure, cancelling this gathering of nearly 400 EM clinicians is in the best interest of the NHS and wider public.
At this critical time, Emergency Departments need all hands on deck. This action is being taken to ensure Emergency Medicine professionals can be available for duty if needed rather than attend a conference at this time.
All other College events and exams are currently due to proceed but we will continue to review the situation daily. We will advise members as soon as possible should any further cancellations become necessary.
We thank our members for their understanding and cooperation in this matter.