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  • Posted on: 5th February 2021
  • What: IMI 2021: Service and Skills Update
  • When: Friday 17th September and 1st October 2021
  • Where: Online and Wyboston Lakes, Bedford

This year we’re trying something a little different! Our Skills and Service Update event will run over two days.  

 

Booking now open for Members and Trade!

 

Day One: Friday 17 September 2021 – Free admission  

Location: Virtual 

A series of presentations, the ever-popular New Voices and the 2021 AGM.  

Details on how to register for this free event will be made available in due course. 

 

Day Two: Friday 01 October 2021 – Chargeable  

Location: Wyboston Lakes Conference Resort, Bedfordshire. 

An array of workshops and Trade stands, affording delegates the opportunity to learn new skills, sample new equipment and broaden their networks with others in the profession  

The proposed timetable will be updated with new information so check back regularly and keep your eye on IMI’s Social Media Accounts.

Members and Trade are now able to book here. 

For booking queries, please contact Amy Lake: confsec@imi.org.uk 

Call for papers 

Content will reflect on the health and wellbeing of patients and staff and how the profession can move forwards in a post-COVID-19 world.  Delegates will have the chance to enhance their professional practice and expertise by attending sessions that demonstrate and offer insights into different working methods, new technologies and skill development. 

The team are working hard to produce an exciting programme of presentations, workshops and trade exhibitors over the two days, but we would also like to hear from you! If you have a success story, cautionary tale, innovation or point of view to share, submit call for papers to conference@imi.org.uk  by 31st March 2021. 

 

Our Venue 

The beautiful Wyboston Lakes Resort is nestled in amongst a 340-acres site and is conveniently located off the A1 in between Bedford and Cambridge.  For those wishing to extend their stay over the weekend, why not play a round of golf, indulge in the health & leisure centre or even try your hand astand-up paddle boarding or jet skiing (all subject to COVID-19 restrictions)!  A range of great days out are also possible, such as the Shuttleworth Museum, Peterborough Cathedral and Whipsnade Zoo. 

 

Awards and Prizes 

The annual awards banquet will take place in the Willows Conference Centre on Friday 01 October, where certificates and prizes will be presented to this years’ winners. More information about the awards available can be found here. 

 

COVID-19 Restrictions 

Due to current, legal, social distancing restrictions, there is extremely limited ticket availability.  We sincerely hope as the year progresses, rules will be relaxed, at which point we will be able to release more tickets.  The Conference planning team will be in constant communication with the hotel to assess availability.  In the meantime, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.   

Trade  

At this time, companies will be limited to booking a trade stand with one representative only. 

Awards Banquet 

Only delegates booking a day ticket are also currently able to book an evening banquet ticket.  A small number of banquet tickets will be reserved to allow award winners to attend the evening if they are unable to attend the day. 

We are unfortunately unable to accept banquet bookings from Trade companies/ representatives at this time. 

 

A waiting list system will be in place and venue capacity will be reviewed regularly with updates sent out when we are in a position to release more tickets. 

For further information on how the Conference Venue will be managing COVID-19 restrictions, please see the following links: 

  • Full video of the safe events – here 
  • Delegate Journey – here 

 

Booking System 

The booking system is now live! Tickets for the workshops and trade day on 01 October can be booked by IMI Members and Trade, here 

Registration for the virtual event on 17 September will be made available nearer the time.

 

Accommodation 

Accommodation is not included in ticket prices this year.  It is strongly advised not to book accommodation until your conference ticket has been confirmed.  

There are several options available on site and in the immediate vicinity. 

Wyboston Lakes:  

The Willows Training Centre – There are preferential booking rates available here by entering our promotional code ‘IMI2021’ until the 30th of June 2021 via this link.  With a range of prices from £72.00 to £94.18 per night, depending on terms and conditions. 

Also available on site 

The Waterfront Hotel 

The Woodlands 

 

Nearby hotels: 

Premier Inn, St Neots (Colmworth Park) 

Premier Inn, A1/Wyboston  

Travelodge, Bedford Wyboston 

The Nags Head Hotel St Neots 

 

 

Travel 

The beautiful Wyboston Lakes is easily accessible via road, rail and air.  Situated just off the A1, close to Cambridge and Bedford. 

 

Wyboston Lakes Resort
Great North Road,
Wyboston,
Bedfordshire,
MK44 3AL 

 

Nearby Railway Stations 

The nearest rail station to Wyboston Lakes Resort is St Neots, a 48-minute train journey from London King’s Cross. St Neots and Sandy Train Stations are both 10-minute drive away. 

 

Local Taxi firms 

Steve’s Taxis: + 44 (0)1480 215 666 

Anglian Taxis: + 44 (0)1480 475 222 

 

Nearby Airports 

Luton Airport – 45 minutes  

Stansted Airport – 45 minutes  

Heathrow Airport – approx. 90 minutes 

 

Electric Car Charging 

In association with Chargemaster and Tesla, Hotel guests are offered charging facilities for electric vehicles 24/7. Chargemaster require you to subscribe for usage and to supply your own compatible charging cable. For more information: 

If you’re travelling to Wyboston Lakes and need to find somewhere to charge along the way, use the carwow tool. 

 

Meet the Team

Co-chairs: Jill Fell/ Emily Appleby – conference@imi.org.uk 

Conference secretary: Amy Lake – confsec@imi.org.uk 

Conference treasurer: Ross Milligan – deputytreasurer@imi.org.uk 

Trade: Paul Quinlan –  trade@imi.org.uk

Photography & video stream: Richelle Lewton – rlewton@sgul.ac.uk

Graphics and medical art: Jo Culley – joanna@medical-artist.com 

Reception: Alice Milligan