It is easy to say “Conference is not for me”, particularly with pressures on budgets and reduced resources. However…


Attending conference is crucial for occupational therapy staff. We had almost 1,200 delegates at our 2017 Annual Conference and they benefited from enhancing their professional development and discovering how to demonstrate the value of their profession.

For the first time in over 20 years, our Conference will be held in Belfast, at the Waterfront conference centre in the heart of the city.

Belfast is well connected by road, rail and sea transport and air with 2 local airports the city. George Best Belfast City Airport is only a 10 minute drive away, whilst from Belfast International it takes only 25 minutes to reach the heart of the city and the conference centre. There are 24 UK mainland airports with competitively priced flights to Belfast. Many of these flights are cheaper than you think!

For example, using our 2017 Conference venue of Birmingham as a comparison…

Train from London to Birmingham 
  • Journey time: 1 hr 25 minutes
  • Train return cost: £73.50 including booking fee 
Flight from Belfast to Birmingham 
  • Journey time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Return ticket with hand luggage : £64.48 including booking fee

*N.B. These prices are for example purposes only. Prices for rail and airfares are priced for booking three months prior to booking and during peak travel time and are correct at time of publishing.

Annual Conference returns to two and a half days duration, Monday 11 (half day) to Wednesday 13 June, with a dedicated exhibition area and exhibitor demonstrations.

We have produced downloadable resources to help with your business case.


“I really enjoyed conference! The talks were great for CPD and it was nice to be around so many other occupational therapists. ”


2017 Conference Attendee