The NPPG executive committee have been following the events relating to COVID-19 closely and have unfortunately made the decision to cancel the 2020 NPPG conference which was due to take place between 2nd – 4th October. The call for Conference abstracts which was released earlier in March will be withdrawn. We are aware that healthcare workers, including NPPG members, will be extremely busy over the coming months, which will make it difficult for our Conference planning team to undertake the work required to deliver a comprehensive Conference for delegates. In addition, it is difficult to anticipate how long the timelines around various restrictions, recommended by Public Health colleagues, will last for. I do hope you understand our decision and I understand that this will be disappointing news for previous and potential new delegates to our Conference. The NPPG committee will however keep the situation under review and if it is possible to provide an event, such as a shorter Symposium, later in the year then we will try to do this.
I understand that this is a difficult time for all of our NPPG members, families and colleagues and my thoughts are with you all at this time. Please remember that NPPG is here as an organisation to support you. I am aware that many of our pharmacists will be supporting our adult colleagues during this difficult time. You will notice that we now have a dedicated section of the message board for you to discuss any COVID-19 issues. Please do share any problems or advice that you have with regards to local arrangements with other NPPG colleagues and I encourage you all to keep in touch (virtually) with each other.
We will all come through this and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at the Conference in 2021.
March 25th 2020