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About Healthcare Conferences UK

About Healthcare Conferences UK & Social Care Conferences UK 

Healthcare Conferences UK and Social Care Conferences UK are part of the HCUK Group

Our experience

We run over 300 CPD certified events a year attracting between 25 and 600 delegates. We are the largest independent organiser of healthcare and social care conferences in the UK and as such have expert knowledge of the market.

Our conferences range from small masterclasses and in house events through to two days with multiple conference streams and workshops per day, social events in the evening, and large independent exhibitions.

The group of companies has three Directors all of which are owners and work within the organisation: Clare Gallagher, Managing Director, Kerry Tarrant, Marketing Director and Peter Gallagher, Finance Director. The current company turnover is just under £2M. The company was founded in July 2011.

In December 2019 we were delighted to win the 2019 ABPCO Excellence award for Best Agency Conference Organiser. 

We make a difference

In 2014 we undertook a survey of all delegates in the last two years to answer the question

“Does healthcare conference attendance impact on practice/service/patient care?”

The aim of the report was to understand the impact of conference attendance on practice/service/patient care, and the value of networking post conference. The report was initiated by a discussion on twitter about the value of healthcare conferences and whether they were as some stated “just a jolly for doctors”.

Our evaluations which are completed when delegates leave the event at the end of the day demonstrated that 91% of HCUK delegates rated the event as excellent or good and 96% of our delegates would recommend the event to a colleague. However what we had no evidence of was whether attendance at the conference had any real impact on practice/service and patient care beyond attendance when delegates return to their organisation.

We sent a survey to all delegates who have attended our events in the last 2 years. We have had over 260 responses to this survey to date. The results are as follows which include both the free text comments and the percentages who answered the questions

Findings: 81% of those who responded to the survey said that attendance at a HCUK conference had impacted on their practice/service/patient care. Of the 19% who said it had not, 91% of those said that attendance had been useful in validating/confirming their current practice. In actual numbers only 3 people said that the conference had not had an impact or been useful in validating current practice.

We also asked whether the conference was useful for networking and whether the delegate had made contact with anyone from the event since the conference. 72% of delegates responded positively to this question.

“The events we have exhibited at have provided our organisation with an opportunity to network and share good practice with senior representatives from Health and Social Care settings. Also to have the opportunity to hear from some excellent speakers within the conference and discuss some very interesting and relevant topics”

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Putting the patient/service user at the centre

We believe in involving patients and service users in everything we do. Patients are regular speakers at our events, and facilitators of our masterclasses. We offer free places for patient and service users at all of our conferences. We have involved patients in the development of programmes and we have worked with organisations such as the National Service User Network (NSUN) and Patient Leaders such as Jonathan Hope and Paul Scates to develop jointly produced conferences and programmes.

Our knowledge

We work only in health and social care — which means we really know the NHS: all its constituent bodies, trusts, specialities, and disciplines including organisations related to it.

As importantly, we are very aware of the issues that concern all their staff.

This familiarity comes from having researched, planned, marketed and organised events for every level of clinician, practitioner and manager in trusts and local authorities from board director to healthcare assistants, and in specialities that include pharmacy, ambulatory care, anaesthesia, cardiology, elderly care, mental health, orthopaedics, paediatrics, palliative care, surgery, and many more.

If you would like to find out more about HCUK please email clare@hc-uk.org.uk