First national eye cancer conference takes place in Sheffield
10 December 2019
Leading experts from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust hosted the first ever UK national eye cancer conference in the city last month.
Over 250 doctors gathered for the Ocular Oncology Conference at the Mercure Hotel, Sheffield, bringing together national eye cancer experts from across the UK and beyond.
Held across two days (18-19 November), the conference aimed to highlight ways in which diagnosis, investigation and clinical management of every patient, with any type of eye cancer, can be improved.
A world-leader in its own right, Sheffield’s own Ocular Oncology Service, based at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, was established 32 years ago by Professor Ian Rennie, who has been a pioneering influence in advancing management and practice for eye cancer care throughout the world.
Sheffield’s centre is just one of three national eye cancer services in England and the only one to treat all types of adult eye cancers under one roof. Mr Paul Rundle is the clinical lead and Mr Sachin Salvi is the MDT and research lead for the service.
Mr Sachin Salvi, who conceptualised the event and went on to become the Conference Director said: “It was honour to host the inaugural UK Ocular Oncology Conference here in Sheffield and the positive feedback we’ve had from the attending delegates has exceeded our expectations.
“For the first time ever, we were able to give eye doctors from across the country, a platform to come together and share best practice. Attendees have told us how valuable insights they took away from the conference, have already positively impacted their practice and increased their confidence as a practitioner, which is exactly what we wanted to achieve. This will now further benefit patients in the UK and beyond.”
Sheffield is seeing a growing trend in hosting world-first conferences, with the first ever International Child and Adolescent Knee Congress having taken place back in June and the inaugural Nuclear Innovation UK conference held at University of Sheffield's Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in July. Meanwhile the city is also set to host the landmark Child Health Technology 2020 (CHT2020) conference in May next year.
As business tourism in Sheffield is estimated to be worth around £152 million, conferences such as the UK Ocular Oncology Conference play a major part in the city’s local economy.
Sheffield’s Conference Ambassador Programme seeks to works in partnership with the city’s academics, medical specialists and experts from industry sectors, to help attract major national and international conferences.
Emma France, Business Tourism Manager at Marketing Sheffield said: “Leading association events such as this not only raise the profile of particular institutions and research areas, but they’re also present a really valuable opportunity to showcase our city.
“Sachin’s incredible work to establish the UK Ocular Oncology Conference in Sheffield, builds on the existing profile created by a network of Conference Ambassadors in the city, who are not just attracting events to be hosted here, but are going one step further by actually creating new conferences of the future. We can’t wait to work with Sachin and the team more, to help them bring yet more fantastic events here.
With potential plans for the UK Ocular Oncology Conference become an annual event in Sheffield and ambition to develop further related events, the conference could become a key addition to the city’s growing business tourism profile and reputation for world leading research events.
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