IFOMPT 2016 Site Visit : A personal view

As I landed  on a beautiful sunny day at Glasgow airport  on the 9th of March I was excited to see the final arrangements  for the IFOMPT 2016 conference fitting  into place.

The team , lead by a tireless Chris Mercer, have been working behind the scene to ensure the delegates get a world class conference experience as soon as they walk off the plane in Glasgow.

The taxi driver drove me straight to the Crowne Plaza Hotel which  is adjacent to the SECC and  is our base throughout the conference. The hotel has been recently refurbished and I was given a room on the 12 floor overlooking the SECC and River Clyde.

A quick walk around the area confirmed that there has been a lot of development since we were last  in Glasgow. The Hydro centre  is now open, standing next to the SECC and attracting world class music and sporting events. We hope to keep delegates  informed of possible events  in the Hydro around the time  of the conference so that delegates can maximise their experience while  in the city.

There are also numerous running routes from the SECC and as I am currently training for two marathons and an Ultra I pulled  on my daps and set out  on a scenic 5k route down the Clyde and back via the Glasgow Science Centre. I had also promised Roger Kerry, one  of our keynotes and a fellow runner, that I would find some good routes for early morning pre-conference runs. From the SECC it is an easy walk or run down the River Clyde toward the city centre and many of Glasgow’s hotels. Delegates can enjoy the ease of getting around Glasgow either by foot, train, bus or the numerous taxis in the city.

The next day my partner  is crime, Chris Mercer, arrived. He, like me, was excited about seeing the conference venue again and going step by step through the delegate experience.

A catch up with the team at MCI, and the rest  of the organising committee and we were off round the venue.

I am still impressed each time I walk into the Clyde Auditorium where our keynotes and  invited speakers will be taking the stage. The acoustics are impressive and each seat provides an excellent view  of the speakers. The wifi capabilities at the conference is sufficient for over 3000 delegates so the team are happy that all the conference app features will be in place to make this conference truly interactive.

After the morning run and an early start, the best part  of the day was the conference food tasting. At previous conferences I have always been let down by the conference food provided. The team at SECC did not disappoint. Their award winning conference menu was exceptional and at a restaurant standard. I will look forward to each conference lunch knowing that all the delegates dietary requirements will be well met.

Last visit  of the day was to Glasgow Caledonian University , which  is the venue for the pre and post conference courses. The facilities at the  university are excellent and both the staff and students are excited to be a part of IFOMPT 2016. You will get the chance to meet some  of the students as they volunteer as conference helpers throughout IFOMPT and we would like to thanks Kay Keir and her team for all the help they  have given the conference. They  have made us truly welcome at their University.

As I finish this blog I leave you with one piece  of advice : Don’t miss the chance to join us  in Glasgow in July. We promise we will try and make IFOMPT

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helen welchThis article was written by Helen Welch. When not organising IFOMPT 2016 Helen specialises in neuromusculoskeletal medicine. Her currently role is lead extended scope practitioner for Cwm Taf Health Board specialising in spinal disorders. She represents Cwm Taf on the All Wales National Pathway for low back pain and also acts as a clinical lead into the Non Malignant Pain Pathway and Redesign of Musculoskeletal services in Cwm Taf.

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