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External events

This section gives health professionals the opportunity to view other up and coming conferences/training events. These events are not necessarily endorsed or supported by Bliss, but may be of interest to health professionals.

Please follow the link if you would like to see information about upcoming Bliss events for healthcare professionals.

Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Conference

The RCM are delighted to announce the launch of the annual conference and exhibition. In response to popular demand, conference will be FREE to attend for all RCM members.

The conference will boast a two-day programme, curated by RCM members and editor of Midwives magazine, Emma Godfrey-Edwards.

Why attend?

  • Five NEW content streams, packed over a two-day conference programme including dedicated sessions for student midwives
  • Face-to-face support and NEW resources for your revalidation in our Learning Zone
  • A conference address from the NEW RCM chief executive and president
  • A NEW central venue – making it even easier for all four UK countries to attend
  • NEW exhibitors at our lively, 60+, formula-free exhibition
  • NEW networking and learning opportunities. Share knowledge and experiences with an audience of more than 3000 midwifery professionals
  • PLUS, the opportunity to earn 16 hours towards your 20 hours required for revalidation.

The RCM Annual Conference will be taking place from Tuesday, 31 October 2017 and Wednesday, 1 November 2017 in Manchester.

The conference is now fully booked but interested individuals can join the waiting list, you will be notified if spaces become available.

Find out more from the RCM Conference website.

Family Matters

The Central Newborn & Trent Perinatal Networks are excited to host the Family Matters conference. It is anticipated that this event will be attended by a wide range of NHS staff from across the Midlands including Specialist Consultants, Unit Managers, Senior Nursing Staff, Allied Health Professionals, Parent Representatives and key staff from other NHS organisations including Clinical Leads and Practice Educators.

The Family Matters Conference will be taking on Wednesday, 8 November 2017 at the Holywell Park, Loughborough.

Find out more from the Central and Trent Neonatal Network website or email Linsay Hill at

NNA Conference

A one day Conference with Key Guest speakers talking around topics including: HIE, by Erica Everett, Cardiac and Surgical problems by Helen Shelley and Ann Aspin and The Butterfly Project by Claire Campbell, who was our Nurse of the Year winner for 2016. There will also be a number of exhibition stands running for the duration of the Conference.

The NNA Conference will be taking on Friday, 17 November 2017 at the East Midlands Hilton Hotel.

The cost is £50 per delegate for NNA members and £60 for non members, visit the NNA registration page to sign up.

Find out more from the NNA conference website.

Unicef Annual Conference 2017

Introduced to the UK in 1995, the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative is based on a global accreditation programme of Unicef and the World Health Organisation.

It is designed to support breastfeeding and parent infant relationships by working with public services to improve standards of care. It is the first ever national intervention to have a positive effect on breastfeeding rates in the UK.

Unicef's annual conference is taking place in Telford on Wednesday, 22 November and Thursday, 23 November 2017 at the Telford International Centre.  Tickets pricing and further information about the event can be found on the Unicef website.

Neonatal Update 2017

The Neonatal Update 2017 has an international reputation for delivering an unique and innovative programme that combines cutting-edge science with the latest clinical recommendations. Join your paediatric and neonatal colleagues from around the globe for this stimulating week at BMA House, London.

The Neonatal Update is taking place from 27 November to 1 December.

For further information and the event programme visit the Symposia website.

8th annual neonatal palliative and end of life care conference: Babies with uncertain futures

The conference will take place on Thursday, 1 February 2018 in London.

Book your place on the conference on CBUK's Eventbrite page. The cost is £90 per delegate which includes the course materials, CPD certificate of attendance and lunch.

The programme and further information can be found on CBUK's website.

RCPCH Conference 2018

The annual conference will take place on Tuesday, 13 March through to Thursday, 15 March 2018 in Glasgow.

Register your interest.

Further information can be found on the RCPCH website.

International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Baby Survival 

The International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (ISPID), the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) and The Scottish Cot Death Trust (SCDT) are hosting the 2018 International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Baby Survival. 

The conference will take place on Thursday, 7 June through to Saturday, 9 June 2018 in Glasgow.

Further information can be found on the ISPID website or email Julie Bauwens at


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