My name’s Claire Beynon and I’m a registrar in my third year of training.
I went to the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) conference in Brighton last year (above) and I’m going to this year’s event in Telford in June. So I thought I’d offer some thoughts on the benefits to other registrars of coming along as well.
As a registrar working in Wales I know most of the people in my area really well, but I don’t have much of a chance to find out about what’s happening across other parts of the UK or meet other registrars.
The FPH conference brings registrars from across the UK together. Last year I met several other registrars from opposite ends of the country and we shared stories and experiences about the different health systems we now work in.
I also bumped into a few people who I hadn’t seen in a long time, and we caught up in the relaxed breaks and mealtimes over the course of the two days.
I was lucky enough to have my abstract accepted last year and I spoke in one of the parallel sessions on childhood obesity. I shared my work with people who, like me, are really dedicated to tackling childhood obesity. I found it was a great platform to share work you have finished recently and get some vital feedback and new ideas from other experts in the field.
The thing I liked most about last year’s conference was the atmosphere. As we all know, people working in public health are fabulous, so perhaps it isn’t a surprise that the conference was fun.
The FPH Specialty Registrars Committee (who represent registrars) also has a dedicated conference session at which registrars will be sharing their experiences of the National Treasure placements.
And there will be time to socialise too. This year committee members will all be at the conference party at the end of day one. It’s going to be a fantastic opportunity to get to know people informally who you will very likely end up working with over the rest of your career. So come along and say hello!
You can register to come to this year’s conference here http://www.fph.org.uk/fph_annual_conference_and_public_health_expo_2017