This year, the BeneCare National Conference attracted a record breaking 137 delegates from over 57 hospitals to attend at the Luxurious Radisson Blu East Midlands Hotel for the weekend of the 7th & 8th of March, for a BOA accredited weekend packed with education, fun and plenty of surprises. Over the 9 years that BeneCare Medical has been running their conference, never have we had such a fast reaction of delegates registering for the conference… or better yet, for the delegate list to hit capacity until this year! The entire team were extremely enthused by the rapid and positive response we received.
The BOA accredited agenda for the weekend this year excelled itself, bringing together topics that are relevant and current within Plaster Rooms throughout NHS hospitals, from the most highly experienced and respected professionals within the industry. All topics of the lectures and workshops were interlinked and connected, allowing delegates to have a real focus on each topic. We had lectures including;
– Physiological Changes Associated to Diabetes – Frank Webb, Consultant Podiatrist.
– Bone Disease – Graham Radcliffe, Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon.
– Complex Humeral Fracture Management – Emma Mulgrew, Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon.
– Pain Management – Elizabeth Purser, Nurse Practitioner.
And a range of hands on workshops including:
– Wound Management – Clare Stevens, Wound Manager.
– A&P Complications of a Cast/Fracture – Bronwyn Delbridge, Chair OTA & Chris Wardman, Secretary OTA.
– FRC Wrist and Hand Splinting – Mel Turner, Staff Nurse & Sarah Showell, Orthopaedic Technician.
– Buckle Fracture Management – Christine Smith, Orthopaedic Technician.
– Humeral Bracing – Robeena Choudry, Orthopaedic Technician.
– Sharing Best Practice – Sue Miles, UK Casting and Training Advisor & Beth Tite, Orthopaedic Practitioner.
– DFU Slipper & Heel Cup – Pat Radcliffe, Clinical Specialist.
– Scarf Splint – Amanda Barlow, Senior Orthopaedic Practitioner.
The feedback we received regarding the educational aspect to the conference has been phenomenal, with all workshops and lectures averaging over 5.3 (each was scored from 0-6). You can view the full agenda from the weekend here!
The opening to the weekend presented by Ian Lister and Pat Radcliffe, provided delegates with their first surprise, a slight Star Wars (Cast Wars) twist to the weekend, which definitely kick started the conference with an unusual bang. We had a real life storm trooper to greet the crowd, along with a presentation introducing all of the team. You can view a slight snippet from our presentation on our Facebook.
As always the Black Tie Saturday night Gala dinner was a wonderful and fun filled evening, with an exquisite four course meal. This year we decided on a few surprises to really maximise the fun factor, including a fancy dress photo booth, for all of our delegates to have fun with and have some photo memories to take away with them. Along with a special appearance from our storm trooper, who everyone also had the opportunity to get their photo taken with, (these photos have been printed and framed and will be delivered to all of our delegates by their local account managers).
After the delicious dinner and delegates were wined and dined, another surprise was in store. We provided all of our delegates with some trilby hats and wayfarer sunglasses, a little clue as to who the evening entertainment would be…. A Blues Brothers Tribute Band. The brothers certainly managed to get everyone up and racing to the dance floor, fully equipped with their blues brother props. The evening was a fantastic night, filled with good food, good company, and a fantastic opportunity for everyone to network, socialise and dance the night away.
This year we had our preferred partners attend the conference; Medezine, Cuxson Gerrard, Your World Healthcare and Limbo, and also the reputable educational associations including The Orthopaedic and Trauma Alliance (The OTA), and the Associations of Orthopaedic Practitioners (The AOP). Having preferred partners and the educational associations in attendance, definitely created a buzz among delegates giving them the opportunity to see other products and services available to them, and also network with other companies in the sector.
Running the BeneCare Conference on an annual basis is something at BeneCare the entire team loves participating in. It gives us an opportunity to spend time and socialise with our valued and potential customers outside the plaster rooms and provides us with the chance to listen what you want from us as a company.
At BeneCare we have the aim to help you continuously progress and widen your knowledge within the plaster rooms, and it is something that we are dedicated to pursuing, and is what we aim to achieve by operating events like our conference and hospital studies days. If you require any information from the conference or are interested in a study day, please do not hesitate to contact your local Account Manager. Don’t forget about our online E-Learning portal the BeneCare Academy, which is a service for all technicians, you can simply register here for free to have to access to numerous tutorial videos….
The BeneCare Team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to making the conference such an unbelievable success; including all of our Speakers & Exhibitors, Educational Associations and also all of our delegates for giving up their precious weekend to spend time with our team.
We hope you all had as much of a fantastic weekend as we did and we look forward to seeing you all next year!
Junior Marketing Manager