Online Conference

Delve into this online forum and engage with crucial guidance for improving the capacity of your Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) and Intravenous (IV) Therapy service. With a focus on maximising patient safety and experience, this conference engages with the practicalities to support treatment across a breadth of settings. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from centres of excellence and walk away with implementable tools ready to improve standards of care in your team.

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OPAT and IV Therapy National Networking Forum
Online 5 hours From £209+VAT

5 hours Continuing Professional Development: what you will learn

Take full advantage of this opportunity to network and share best practice with other OPAT and IV Therapy colleagues from across the country. Engage with approaches to improve your service delivery and explore:

  • Implementing and utilising elastomeric devices
  • Achieving safe and effective self-administration at home
  • Improving collaborative working between OPAT and IV Therapy teams
  • Increasing capacity in your OPAT service
  • Developing the role of the community IV therapy team
  • Transforming your vascular access management

Attend this online NHS event from the comfort of your own home

Delivered by centres of excellence, this conference is packed with expert advice and implementable tools, plus benefit from:

  • Meeting each other – turning on your videos and microphones in the breakout rooms
  • Listening and watching presentations and speakers’ Q&A – in the main conference room with your chair
  • Taking part in facilitated interactive sessions – enabled by moderators in the breakout rooms
  • Feeding back and engaging – using the chat box and moderators sharing content in the main conference room
Join, tech support and opportunity to network in your meeting room
Introduction, instructions and chair’s opening remarks
Liz Wilson, OPAT Lead Nurse, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Optimising elastomeric devices
Delivering IV Antibiotics: what if there is another option?
  • Exploring the opportunities of elastomeric devices in your OPAT and IV Therapy services
  • Understanding the science behind elastomerics
  • Overcoming barriers and challenges to effectively utilise elastomeric devices
  • Measuring the outcomes: what have we learned and how have elastomeric devices improved patient and clinician experience
Andrew Lewis, Principle Clinical Pharmacist, Antibiotic Management, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Managing patients at home
Empowering your patients: achieving safe and effective self-administration at home
  • Encouraging patient confidence and competencies for self-administration
  • Delivering effective home assessment and training to manage the risks of self-administration
  • How will self-admin of OPAT patients continue to develop?
Elizabeth O’Donnell, OPAT Specialist Nurse, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Questions and answers with your speakers
Interactive discussion: Utilising effective treatment pathways to improve capacity
  • What effect has Covid-19 had on your capacity to deliver treatment in clinic, in the community and at home?
  • How does your service select suitable pathways of care for its patients?
  • What measures are your service implementing to make community and home treatment more available and accessible?
Screen break
Interactive discussion feedback: Utilising effective treatment pathways to improve capacity
Establishing collaborative working approaches
Case study: Developing collaborative working and communication between OPAT and IV Therapy services
  • Exploring the benefits of collaborative working for primary and secondary care
  • Establishing collaborative working in your service: explore Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s journey
  • A look to the future: continuing to develop collaborative working to support patient and clinician experience
Donna Hamill, OPAT IV Access Specialist Nurse and David Wynne, IV Access Lead Specialist Nurse, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Questions and answers with your speakers
Interactive discussion: Improving suitable medication storage to meet regulations
  • What measures does your service currently take to ensure medication is correctly stored?
  • How do you ensure self-administering patients store their medication correctly?
  • How could your service develop its storage protocol to ensure regulations are met?
Lunch break
Interactive discussion feedback: Improving suitable medication storage to meet regulations
Improving your capacity
Increasing capacity in your OPAT service to maximise patient outcomes
  • Exploring oral versus intravenous antimicrobials
  • Achieving high standards of care with low risk: developing patient outcomes and experiences
  • Breaking down barriers to achieving a formalised OPAT service
Liz Wilson, OPAT Lead Nurse and Victoria Whitehead, OPAT Nurse, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Delivering treatment in the community
Transforming OPAT: Specialist nurse care at home
  • Benchmarking and maintaining quality of IV therapy in the community
  • Improving multidisciplinary working across acute, community and primary care settings
  • Managing a wider and more complex range of treatments
Florence Taylor, OPAT Community Nurse Specialist, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Questions and answers with your speakers
Progressing Paediatric OPAT services
Interactive discussions: Establishing and progressing a paediatric OPAT service
  • How does your service manage P-OPAT patients?
  • What are the challenges and potential solutions for delivering paediatric IV therapy?
  • How does your service support paediatric patients and their families to be treated in the community and at home?
Screen break
Interactive discussion feedback: Establishing and progressing a paediatric OPAT service
Developing vascular access
Transforming your vascular access management to reduce complications
  • Improving education and standardisation of vascular access for administration
  • Preventing and controlling infection
  • Managing vascular access complications in clinic, in the community and at home
  • Exploring the opportunities and challenges of utilising PICC lines
Jan Hitchcock, Vascular Access Lead, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Questions and answers
Close of day

First-hand speaker experiences

If you would like to give a presentation and share your work or the work of your service at this online conference, we would be delighted to hear from you. 

To discuss speaking opportunities please email the conference producer Katie Mason or call Katie on 01732 897788.

Job Title:
IV Access Lead Specialist Nurse
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

David is the IV Access lead Specialist nurse at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals which covers two main sites for a population of over 300,000, with approximately 900 inpatient beds. 

David has worked within vascular access for 11 years and set up the IV Access Service at WUTH in 2013. 

They insert a range of devices for both inpatient and outpatients and work closely with our OPAT service.

Job Title:
Vascular Access Lead Nurse
Infection Prevention and Control, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Jan Hitchcock MSc, BN, ICU Cert, Infection Cert, NZ RCpN 

Trained in New Zealand, graduating in 1983. Working in general surgical and orthopaedic wards before beginning a career in operating theatre, which included positions in London in 1987-89. 

Returning to NZ in 1989 commenced work in Intensive Care; completing post graduate certificate in Intensive Care Nursing and Bachelor of Nursing. Returning to UK 2002, started at St Marys London in Intensive Care before leaving in 2004 to establish and managed the Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Service including development of a PICC service. 2008 completed MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice at Kings College London. 

Vascular Access Lead Nurse at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust since March 2010, developing a team across the organisation to insert PICC and midlines using ultrasound technology, whilst leading on procurement , policies , education and audit related to vascular access . Completed post graduate certificate in Infection at Imperial College in 2013. Interim General Manager for Infection Control October 2016-August 2018, returning to the Vascular Access Lead Nurse role at this time. 

Published a number of articles over time including Medical Adhesive Skin Injuries ( MARSI) in PICCs, intraluminal occlusion prevention , Care bundles in preventing CRBSI and OPAT.

Job Title:
OPAT Lead Nurse
Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Liz is the Lead Nurse for the OPAT team based at Wythenshawe hospital in South Manchester, starting the OPAT service in January 2015. Before OPAT Liz worked in Infection Prevention teams across Greater Manchester in both the NHS and private sectors and the critical care setting.

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OPAT Nurse
Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

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OPAT IV Access Specialist Nurse
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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OPAT Clinical Lead
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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OPAT Community Nurse Specialist
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Lead IV Practitioner
Infection and Prevention Control, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

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Principle Clinical Pharmacist, Antibiotic Management
St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Andrew qualified as a pharmacist in 2004 after graduating from the University of Bath and has worked at St. Helens and Knowsley NHS Teaching Hospital (STHK) Trust since 2003. In 2006, he completed his postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy diploma at Liverpool John Moores University and completed his Independent non-medical prescribing course at Chester University in 2014. 

Andrew has widespread expertise in all areas of pharmacy within an acute hospital setting. He has provided specialist pharmacy input within acute medicine, burns (including at the Mersey Regional Burns Unit) and plastics, critical care, general surgery, endocrinology and currently covers orthopedics. He became the Lead Antimicrobial Management Pharmacist for the Trust in 2010 and became a Principal Clinical Pharmacist in 2016. Andrew has been the chair of the North West Antibiotic Pharmacist Group (NWAPG) from 2012 to 2018 and has remained integral to the development and activities of the group. In 2012, Andrew won a Trust award for clinical excellence for his contribution to the OPAT service of which he has been part since 2005. He has presented posters and presentations on OPAT services, innovations such as elastomerics and novel antibiotic therapies in both inpatient and outpatient settings both regionally and nationally. In 2014 Andrew helped develop the STHK Mersey Micro smart device app which included the first MHRA CE marked calculators for renal function, gentamicin and vancomycin dosing.

Full list of price options

  • £249 + VAT for one NHS or public sector place
  • £209 + VAT (each) for two or three NHS or public sector places
  • £699 + VAT for one commercial organisation place

Commercial companies are also invited to sponsor this day please email Sarah Kemm for further details.

If your funding has not yet been secured or you would like to hold your place with no obligation, you can reserve your place with us. Please email the reservations team at SBK Healthcare with your details:

  • Booking contact: name, job title, department, email and telephone number
  • Event(s) to reserve for: title and date
  • Delegate details (for each delegate): name, job title, department, email and telephone number
  • Organisation details: name and address

Alternatively you can make a confirmed booking by emailing the above information to the bookings team 

Once you have booked your place, SBK Healthcare will correspond with you using the email address you provided at the time of booking. Within one week of the online conference taking place, you will be sent final details of the course including a full agenda, programme timings and your Zoom joining instructions. This email will include a joining link that can be used to access the conference.

If you have not received your email two days before your event, do check your junk folder then contact SBK Healthcare on 01732 897788.

Practice sessions are available and you will be sent an invitation to join one of our delegate practice sessions. These are optional but great if you are unsure of whether your camera and microphone will work on Zoom. We hold several one hour practice sessions across the week when a member of SBK Healthcare staff will be waiting in Zoom to assist you. Please do pop in, say hello and make sure you are all set for the day.

On the day, when registration starts, you will be able to join the conference by initially entering a waiting room when there may be a short wait. In groups of between 6-10 people, you will be admitted into the main conference room to be greeted by a member of SBK staff. In the same group you will be taken into a breakout room and asked to turn on your video and microphone. A member of the SBK team will get your group started with some orientation tasks and ‘ice breaker’ topics, before leaving you to network.

When you are automatically brought back into the conference room for the start of the conference, you will be asked to turn off your camera and microphone so that the chair can start the forum. During each presentation you will be able to ask questions in the chat box function. The forum will include screen breaks, as well as topic themed interactive sessions which will take place in the breakout rooms.

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Certification of attendance

A certificate for Continuing Professional Development will be given to every fully registered participant who completes the course, as a record of your continuing professional training and development.

Registration fees

You will be sent an instant payment option or invoice on registration. Your payment is required in advance. If your fee has not been received prior to the event, and you are not able to provide a PO or proof of payment, you will be asked to make a credit or debit card payment on the day.

Modify registration

To let us know if your details are not correct when you have already registered, please email the bookings team.

Cancellations and substitutions

A full refund of fees will be made only for cancellations received within the first 48 hours of the booking being made. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing by emailing the bookings team at SBK Healthcare. Should you need to cancel your registration after this date, the registration fee remains payable in its entirety although a substitution will be accepted and conference documentation will be provided. Substitution attendees for delegates unable to attend after registering are acceptable at any time.

Event changes

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the conference organisers to alter the content, speakers or the timing of the programme. We will endeavour to keep you abreast of such changes but any unavoidable change to the format will not constitute a reason to refund the fee. Should the event be postponed, we will endeavour to reschedule the event. If, for reasons beyond the control of the conference organiser, the event is cancelled, a full refund will be made. We do not accept any liability for any incurred costs resulting from a postponement or cancellation.

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Expected attendees

Designed for NHS professionals delivering care across OPAT and IV access services. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Nurse Practitioners and Senior Nurses
  • Rapid Response Teams
  • IV Nurses and IV Therapy Team Leaders
  • OPAT Specialist Nurses and Doctors
  • Community Teams
  • Community IV Specialist Nurse
  • OPAT Community Nurse Specialists

Past attendee feedback

This specialised online conference continues on from the success of our ‘OPAT and IV Therapy National Networking Forum’, in July 2019, but don’t take our work for how much our attendees enjoy our training:

"A really good study session, worth booking time off work for and will actually change our practice. Good advice from other professionals and interactive"

Princess of Wales Hospital, Diabetes Technology in Pregnancy National Networking Forum, February 2021

‘Fantastic opportunity to network and see what other teams are doing’

North Somerset Community Partnership

‘Extremely informative, great speakers and content. Well-organised’

LP Clinical Homecare

‘Very informative. Good to hear about other teams and share treatments we give with other services.’

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

‘A great opportunity to network and share good practice ideas and success stories in all different areas of healthcare’

Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

‘Informative and inspiring’

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

‘Stimulating presentations and discussions’

Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

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An online forum like no other…

A live event that will feature leading presentations, interactive breakout rooms, and compelling Q&A discussions

As a sponsor you will have the opportunity to present your product or service, be a ‘face’ of the event and meet your audience face-to-face to discuss their experiences, interests and key concerns.

To find out more about sponsorship contact Sarah Kemm on 01732 897788 or you can email Sarah. Your organisation could be sponsoring this forum today!

Branding, marketing and education opportunities include...

  • Your organisation featuring on this forum website as ‘sponsored by’; including your logo, promotional text and links to your URL
  • 5 minutes presentation time during the main conference and taking part in the related speaker Q&A
  • Unique opportunity for the sponsored presenter to moderate one of the interactive breakout rooms
  • Additional company representatives can attend the online conference and meet the attendees during the interactive sessions in the breakout rooms
  • Your logo or company name will be included in all correspondence we send to registrations and all promotional emails sent out when marketing
  • Your support and sponsorship will be recognised when you are thanked at the opening and closing of the online forum as well as your logo featuring on the opening and closing slides
  • All sponsors will receive a copy of the registration and attendee list
  • Plus: a one-off option to add your question to the registration form, asking if attendees would like to share their email address with you so you can keep them informed after the online forum

Sponsor this forum and be part of a quality interactive event...

But don't take our word for it. We have had some excellent feedback from attendees to the forums that have been held to date:

"Forum was managed extremely well, and very professional"

IAPT National Networking Online Forum 2021 - 21st January 2021

“I am sure like everyone else I was apprehensive with going online, not sure how we could network, the ability for all participant's to participate and the quality of the presentations - all my fears were diminished this turned in to be a great day, networking, leading and sharing still occurred and links still formed. The presentations were excellent and the quality of the forum and set up great and so easy to follow and timing excellent.”

Reduce Paediatric Emergency Attendance Online Conference – 8th October 2020

“The conference has been far more engaging than in a conference centre. This I think is because of the ability to participate in chat throughout and the use of the breakout discussions.” “Excellent day! Organisation was great - loved the break out rooms for chat. Virtual chat added another really useful way to interact during the day, which isn't available to us at the physical conferences.”

Leading Change in Clinical Coding Online Conference - 11th September 2020

"Very informative, lots of opportunity for discussions and very well organised virtually"

Providing Support for Children on Long Term Ventilation - Tuesday 9th March 2021

"I enjoyed the group chats networking listening to others experiences, I also like that there was a lead on each group so the chats were influenced and no awkward silences that can occur on web meets. I thought the larger talks were really good and easy to listen to."

Modernising Outpatient Services Online Conference – 16th September 2020

“This is my first experience of an online conference and thoroughly enjoyed it. Wasn't sure what to expect. Would recommend to colleagues to attend future events” “This has to be the best online conference I have been to, I really enjoyed the breakout rooms.”

Advancing Ulcer Care Management Online Forum – 29th September 2020

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