A Message from the Committee

12 September 2019

As the summer comes to a close, we on the NTAM committee are looking ahead to the January 2020 Tignes meeting, with hopes that it will at least equal our very successful 2019 meeting making it the best NTAM yet. We are busy compiling the educational programme for the January meeting and look forward to welcoming Professor Hugh Montgomery (UCL Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Head of UCL Centre for Human Health and Performance, Director of Research for Institute for Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH), Consultant Intensivist at Whittington Hospital) as our plenary speaker.

This is the time where we get busy compiling the educational programme for the January meeting. We look forward to Hugh Montgomery's talks but in addition aspire to utilise the combined knowledge, skills, research and experience of all our distinguished delegates.

The trainees, Paolo and James, who run the day-to-day work of answering emails, dealing with the travel agent and persuading delegates for their talks begin to swing into action. We wouldn't be able to put it all together without an enormous amount of work from them. They would welcome any suggestions for topics, and even better, an offer of a talk. So, if you can give us an update in your area of practice, have introduced a new service, a successful training initiative, or had a particularly tricky case that will spark debate, tell us about it!

A quick note to let you know that we are aware of the guidance regarding Trainee study leave for international events that have been disseminated through the various training schools. We do believe that what NTAM provides, in terms of its long history of RCoA-approved educational content, value for money for trainees despite an overseas location, trainee prizes and unsurpassed opportunities for networking and career / personal development strongly justify a successful study leave application. We have seen that heads of school and TPDs take these points into account when approving leave applications, with the objective of not disadvantaging any trainee in their education and career development. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further information to share with us or if you need our help in any way.

We mustn't also forget to mention Simon Hoskyns of Alpine Answers who manages the accommodation, skipasses and transfer from Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Keeping the costs down is getting more difficult, let’s not mention the 'B' word. We've been going to the Village Montana in Tignes now for over 10 years. Simon has built a close relationship with them and managed to reserve our 'slot' even as the hotel gets ever more popular.

Getting the Most from NTAM

Speaker giving a presentation

Do... Tell us the Talks or Speakers that you'd like to hear

We invite a plenary speaker who is at the forefront of their speciality. But we also rely on our delegates, both to suggest talks and topics they'd like to hear, and to encourage people who can deliver them to talk at NTAM and disseminate their knowledge.

Grinning, Happy Delegates!

Don't...Be Shy

NTAM is a friendly meeting. We deliberately keep the numbers down as our feedback says that exchanging views and tips with colleagues in the bars and restaurants is an important part of the CPD that you can't quantify.

The Eurostar

Do...Think Carefully about your Travel

We've had delegates take a taxi from Geneva to the Conference in their keeness to attend and speak but at a cost! Planning and preparation will make sure that you can get to Tignes safely and in good time without breaking the bank.