Sheffield hosts UK’s biggest foot and ankle conference

Sheffield hosts UK’s biggest foot and ankle conference

31 October 2017

A Sheffield Conference Ambassador is hosting the UK’s biggest foot and ankle conference in Sheffield this week.

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Chris Blundell is president of the British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (BOFAS) and is delighted to be bringing the society’s annual meeting to Sheffield 1- 3 November.

The event is the highlight of the UK foot and ankle surgeon’s calendar and will welcome up to 500 delegates to the city.

Combining scientific talks and educational courses, it’s no ordinary meeting and requires a large, flexible space to accommodate the different elements. Sheffield City Hall, which will host the majority of the programme, is an ideal location for the packed schedule of events.

For Chris, there’s no bigger achievement than being president of BOFAS, and it’s thanks to the Sheffield Ambassador Programme that he had the confidence to go for the role.

“I attended the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) meeting at City Hall two years ago when [fellow ambassador] David Stanley was the organiser and that gave me the idea of how to do our congress,” he explains.

“Before that I hadn’t put my name forward to be the president because I didn’t really want to do it if I couldn’t host it in Sheffield.

“Although I’m not from the city, I’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere and I’m fiercely proud of Sheffield so I was really keen to do it.”

The ambassador team provided support from the very start and has since helped Chris to find the most suitable venues for talks, accommodation, meals and entertainment.

As the finishing touches are made, Chris is looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime event, and the opportunities it will present for those who attend.

“It’s a lot of fun to have conferences and it’s a great opportunity to get people together who otherwise don’t share the same values,” he says.

“A lot of the discussions in my world happen much better over a cup of coffee or in a bar than by email. Particularly in the modern digital age, getting people face-to-face to have a proper conversation with one another is invaluable.”

The Sheffield Ambassador Programme is searching for more people like Chris to become ambassadors. If you bring conferences to the city, or would like to, you could benefit from the free, expert support available.

You can find out more here. Or if you’d like to speak to someone about becoming a Sheffield Conference Ambassador, contact Gemma Tissington on 0114 273 5978 or Gemma.Tissington@sheffield.gov.uk.