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NISC Cancellation

23 March 2020

After extremely careful consideration, we have made the very sad decision to cancel the Northern Ireland Stroke Conference (NISC) on Tuesday 9 June 2020. The NISC Committee has been closely and continuously monitoring the COVID19 situation as it has developed both globally and in the UK.

We, like many other conferences, have not taken this decision lightly. Our aim is to add real value and impact to our delegates who serve the stroke community, whilst protecting your health and wellbeing.

Hospitals are currently operating at the highest possible national incident response level, to enable them to be as prepared as possible for the impact of the COVID19 outbreak. We do not believe it would be responsible to proceed with holding the conference when the NHS is in such need of its expert workforce. Equally we are mindful of our responsibility to support efforts to delay the spread of COVID19 across the UK.

NISC aims to bring together professionals from across the stroke pathway to learn about the latest research and service developments in stroke care.

We absolutely envisage bringing back the conference in 2021 to continue todeliver against these aims.

All delegates who have registered will be contacted immediately and issued
with a full refund.

In the meantime, we hope you, your colleagues and families stay healthy.

Kind regards

Dr Patricia Gordon
Chair, Northern Ireland Stroke Conference Planning Committee and NIMAST

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

I am delighted and honoured to accept the position of NIMAST chair, albeit a little daunted by the responsibility of taking forward the outstanding work of previous chairs & committee members but I promise I will give it my all! I would like to thank Dr Michael McCormick as outgoing chair for his hard work & commitment to NIMAST and his determination to ensure robust data collection of stroke service care across Northern Ireland. A special word of thanks to Tom Richardson, Director of Stroke Association NI. Tom has been an advocate for NIMAST at every opportunity and his contribution to the NI stroke strategy, Atrial Fibrillation, conference planning & website development, to name but a few, have been exceptional. We wish him a very happy retirement and all the best for the future. I am a clinical specialist physiotherapist by background & joined NIMAST in 2010 on my return to Northern Ireland to understand & support the development of stroke care regionally whilst enhancing my own learning & knowledge. NIMAST did not disappoint. It is the only forum of its kind in the United Kingdom and works hard lobbying decision makers, influencing policy, and informing protocols and strategy. It organises and delivers an annual stroke conference in conjunction with the UK stroke Forum, delivers study days and offers an unique opportunity to “connect professionals in stroke” across statutory, voluntary and independent services. If you are passionate about stroke care, want your voice heard and want to contribute to the development of stroke care in Northern Ireland, this is the organisation for you. We welcome you to join the committee or become a member to avail of the opportunities above. For existing members, thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to continuing to work together.

NICOLA MORAN CHAIR

NIMAST aims to provide a Regional Forum for individuals with a professional interest in Stroke Care delivery across the Statutory, Voluntary and Independent Sectors in order to promote Excellence in Care.

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