A conference call
Frank Reilly first attended an international conference in 2013. Here, he explains why they are ideal for sharing ideas.
I attended my first international conference three years ago. I had been an NHS manager for 15 years, but for the previous two years I had been redeployed to various tedious administrative roles – partly, I suspect, to ‘encourage’ me to move on. As a result, my skills had been degraded and I was finding it difficult to move on to other jobs. With nothing to lose, I approached my manager and convinced them to second me to the University of Strathclyde to develop some research skills and increase my profile, hoping I could then source another job. I had no ambitions to be a ‘real’ researcher, never mind an academic. Then came a European conference on mental health in 2013.
The conference developed from an initial plan to...
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