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A conference call

Frank Reilly first attended an international conference in 2013. Here, he explains why they are ideal for sharing ideas.

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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