After a gap of three years our conference is back in 2023, with a two-day event combining a traditional conference and learning day.
Conference Theme and Programme
The title of our 2023 conference is Intersectionality+, and we will be considering how best the ambulance service can meet the needs of people with multiple protected characteristics as well demystifying the LGBTTQQIAAP acronym. If all that sounds ambitious we will also look at the role of allies in supporting the development of services and creating supporting environments for staff. It is for that reason we are looking for each Ambulance Trust to identify delegates from three specific groups to attend the conference. These are:
- LGBT+ staff
- People of influence
- Aspiring allies
The first day of the conference will take the form of a traditional conference with keynote speakers and breakout workshops. The second day aims to be more informal and will provide a wide range of different learning experiences to engage with. Each delegate will be able to design their own learning experience from the options available. We are also delighted to announce the National Ambulance BME Forum and National Ambulance Disability Network will be taking part in the event to broaden the scope of the subject matter. As with all our previous events, you can expect some surprises along the way too.
We will be announcing the full programme and speakers in the coming months.
We will be returning to the fantastic Brooks Building at Manchester Metropolitan University for this conference. The decision to return here is based on the wonderful facilities the venue offers that perfectly supports the aims of this conference. The building is fully accessible and catering will be provided to meet all dietary requirements.
Registration for the conference will begin on 1 March 2023 and will utilise Eventbrite. Each NHS Ambulance Trust will have fifteen delegate places to fill and it is up to each Trust to decide on a selection process. Other places are available for colleagues from St John Ambulance, The Air Ambulance Service and other partner organisations.
To register you will need the promo code for your organisation's delegate places. On the 1 May 2023 any remaining places will be made freely available to all NHS ambulance staff on a first come first served basis.
Please note, we request that delegates who find they are no longer able to attend the conference cancel their place so that someone else can attend. Whilst the conference is free to attend, the National Ambulance LGBT+ Network reserves the right to charge individuals who do not attend and fail to cancel their place.
The National Ambulance LGBT+ Network will not be providing accommodation for this event but we will be providing links to accommodation booking agencies that offer preferential rates at a number of hotels close to the conference venue. More information, and a link, will be provided here in due course.
Manchester offers a wide range of accommodation and hotel options for every budget. The conference venue is a 30 minutes walk from the City Centre and mainline railway stations. For those travelling by car, there is a multi-story car park adjacent to the Brooks Building.