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The market for rare disease products  is continuously  growing, expecting to reach $176 billion by 2020, with a CGR of 10.5% just for orphan drugs – this is twice the growth rate of the overall prescription drug market (5.3% CGR from 2014-2020). 

Given this information, SMi are proud to announce our 9th Annual Orphan Drugs and Rare Diseases conference, aiming  to bring together solution providers, biotechnology companies, clinical researchers, regulatory professionals and charity leaders together to discuss possible ways to accelerative orphan drug development and access to rare disease patients, including the introduction of recent technologies and products to help aid the access of  orphan drugs.

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference this October.

Early registration is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.
 

 

 

HEAR about the success of orphan drug launches following the heavy involvement of patient advocacy programs

DISCUSS the potential changes in assessing the development of medicines across Europe

EXPLORE the future landscape orphan drugs following the market access and reimbursement challenges providers are currently facing.

 GAIN INSIGHT into the various challenges facing orphan drug development

CEOs, CSOs, Vice Presidents, Directors, Heads, Principals working in:

  • Medical Affairs
  • Medical Advisory
  • Clinical Operations
  • Rare Disease Research
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Commercial Officer
  • Orphan Drug Therapeutics
  • Healthcare
  • Regulatory  Affairs
  • Rare Disease Charity Officers

 

Previous attendees included:

AKU Society; AstraZeneca; BioMarin Europe Ltd; BRAINCURES; Chiesi Farmaceutici S. p. A.; Clintec International Ltd; Debra UK; Healx; HealX Limited; Incisive Health; JG Zebra Consulting; Luna Pharma Consulting Ltd; Mallinckrodt; MEDExpansion; Mereo BioPharma; MHRA; Minoryx Therapeutics S.L.; Muscular Dystrophy UK; Niemann-Pick UK; NSPM Limited; Pharma Innovation Consultancy GmbH; Pharm-Olam International; Pulse Infoframe; Rare Disease UK; Sanofi UK; Sosei Heptares; Takeda Chemical Industries Ltd; University College London; University Of Groningen; Vifor Pharma; Vitro software; Wilson Therapeutics AB; Zambon spa;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Rick Thompson

Rick Thompson, CEO, Findacure
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9:10 Early access for orphan drugs

Tom Watson

Tom Watson, Executive Vice President, Bionical Emas
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  • Approaches to develop a robust Early Access Program and associated evidence generation plan considering multiple stakeholder’s viewpoints
  • Insights and considerations for the implementation of Early Access Programs (EAPs), including the regulatory landscape, evidence generation plans and the perspective of multiple stakeholders
  • 9:50 Exploring different possible methods to assess real value of orphan drugs

    Sheela Upadhyaya

    Sheela Upadhyaya, Associate Director - Highly Specialised Technologies , NICE - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
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    • Discussing the success of NICE’s cost effective approach in putting new orphan drugs on the market
    • Overview of new appraisal techniques, including HST (Highly Specialised Technology),
    • Challenges faced by orphan drug product manufacturers
    • Introduction of the budget impact threshold developed for assessment of ultra-orphan drugs

     

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Collaborations in rare disease research and commercialisation

    • Discussing how rare disease research and commercialization differs due to the variety of cases
    • More interlinks needed between patients, clinicians, scientists, authorities and industry professionals both nationally and internationally
    • Addressing importance of close collaborations with patients when mapping out the patient’s journey
    • Highlighting benefits of understanding rare disease
    • Intervention of pharmaceutical companies to develop appropriate lifelong treatments
     



     

    Katrin Jack

    Katrin Jack, Strategic Planning Lead, Takeda Pharma AG

    11:40 Drug repurposing – a lifeline for rare disease patients

    Rick Thompson

    Rick Thompson, CEO, Findacure
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    • Exploring the commercial potential for drug repurposing and successes of rare disease patient groups in helping to drive these projects to the clinic
    • Current developments in the field of social investment to fund generic drug repurposing and its potential for ultra-rare diseases
    • Discussing how to encourage a research interest in rare and ultrarare diseases, potentially leading to the development of new treatments
     

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Building an educational digital community in rare diseases - a PAC first Mentality

    • Overview and philosophy for developing and commercializing products in rare disease
    • Why changing our mentality from taking to giving ultimately benefits the whole rare ecosystem?
    • Sharing ways to help connect rare disease communities by addressing unmet needs
    • Real world examples of effective and ineffective communication and its overall impact on orphan drug commercialization and marketing
     

    Dan Donovan

    Dan Donovan, CEO, RareLife Solutions

    14:00 A collaborative model to improve the success of translational research: a charity’s perspective

    Annamaria Merico

    Annamaria Merico, Head of Technology Transfer, Fondazione Telethon
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    • Enabling factors and challenges in the development of an advanced therapy medicinal product
    • How a charity is assisting families participating in gene therapies
    • Can we catalyse the development” in series” of multiple therapies for genetic diseases?
     

    15:10 Biology and biomarker-powered drug discovery and pipeline management

    Krzysztof Potempa

    Krzysztof Potempa, Founder and Director, BRAINCURES
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    • Overview of Braincure’s discovery engine – a unique and biology-powered in silico approach to accelerate preclinical drug discovery
    • Case study on the molecular framework of BDE, how it does not require data-training associated with AI
    • Pipeline of translational opportunities for digital technology and low cost/high success precision medicine
     

    15:50 Registries, Apps, Wearables - How Does Real World Data Change the Way We Do Studies?

    Elin Haf Davies

    Elin Haf Davies, Director & Founder, Empowering Children | Enabling Research
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    • Regulatory framework
    • Technology tools
    • Case studies
     

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Rick Thompson

    Rick Thompson, CEO, Findacure
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    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Michael Page

    Michael Page, Executive Director, Portfolio Products, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc
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    9:10 Overview of current orphan drug regulation

    Michael Page

    Michael Page, Executive Director, Portfolio Products, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc
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    • Discussion on current state regulation of orphan drugs, and the level of scientific rigour needed for orphan drug approval (accepting small patient group studies and short studies)
    • Assessing the importance of clinical evidence during the launch of an orphan drug, taking into account the difficultly in planning and executing clinical trials for rare/ultra-rare diseases.
    • Synopsis of the evidence requirements before and after the registration and open access to a new drug
     

    9:50 Improving patient access to orphan medicinal products

    Jayne Spink

    Jayne Spink, Chief Executive Officer , Genetic Alliance UK
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    • Current developments of approaches to help educate orphan drug manufacturers and stake holders
    • Highlighting the benefits of the collaboration of patient panels to provide a more targeted approach to orphan drug development.
    • Exploring the influence of patient groups in providing early access of orphan treatments for rare disease cases where there’s no alternative
    • Importance of investing in rare disease spaces to provide future opportunities
     

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 MoCA early dialogue between payers and manufacturers: An Opportunity to Improve Decision Making for Orphan Drugs in Europe?

    Martina  Garau

    Martina Garau, Associate Director, Office Of Health Economics
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    • What is the MoCa process and its aim? Which parties are involved and what are the applications to date?
    • What is the Transparent Value Framework, how is it used within MoCA, and how can it be improved?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of participating in MoCa from different perspectives?
    • Final reflections on pan-European assessment for orphan drugs

     

    11:40 Technology and orphan drug development

     • Experiences and perspectives on the various challenges in the development of orphan drugs & the available facilitating and accelerating toolbox
    • Analysing the challenges associated with the data sharing and analysis for rare disease research
    • Changes in market prospects for rare diseases following the improvement in efficiency of drug development
     

    Maria Pascual

    Maria Pascual, Chief Regulatory Officer, Minoryx Therapeutics S.L.

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 DevelopAKUre: a successful drug re-purposing programme sponsored by the European Union

    • Why DevelopAKUre was conceived
    • Setting up the DevelopAKUre Consortium
    • Obtaining EU funding
    • The clinical development programme; the SONIA 1, SONIA 2 and SOFIA studies
    • Outcome & conclusions
     

    Nick Sireau

    Nick Sireau, Chair and CEO, AKU Society
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    Anthony Hall

    Anthony Hall, Co-founder, Findacure Development
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    14:00 Chiesi’s CASE STUDY: Holoclar

    Sara Carlot

    Sara Carlot, Global Medical Advisor - Rare Disease, Chiesi Farmaceutici S. p. A.
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    • Introduction of stem cell-based therapies into the rare disease space
    • Case study – The first EMA stem cell based approved therapy for treating LSCD (Limbal stem cell deficiency): Holoclar, what has been done until now and where are we
    • Peculiarity of the product: the Holoclar Medical Service
     

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Charting the path to diagnosis for patients with rare diseases

    Donatello Crocetta

    Donatello Crocetta, VP, Global Head of Rare Immunology Franchise, Takeda
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    • Discussing the importance of partnership between pharmaceutical, digital enterprises and patient associations
    • Present the Global Commission to end the diagnostic odyssey of children with Rare diseases project
    • Discussing the importance of the adoption of disruptive technology and advancement of diagnostic solutions in rare disease space
     

    16:30 Patient Panel Discussion: perspective on patient engagement

    • What's the best way for organisations to make patients feel valued?
    • How would you advise organisations on language and accessibility? Ie, people-first language, use of braille etc.
    • How do you feel patient engagement in the UK is different and/or similar to the USA?
    • Is your rare disease community proactive in pushing for the best treatment for your conditions?
    • How long have you been involved in patient advocacy?
    • Social media is massive these days - how can organisations best engage with patients online?
     

    David  Rose

    David Rose, Business Development, Rare Revolution Magazine
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    Dan Jeffries

    Dan Jeffries, Author and Patient Advocate, Me, Myself & Eye

    Philipp Gallwitz

    Philipp Gallwitz, Founding Partner, Admedicum Business for Patients

    Lizzie McFarlane

    Lizzie McFarlane, Medical Writer, NexGen Healthcare Communications
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    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Michael Page

    Michael Page, Executive Director, Portfolio Products, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Donatello Crocetta

    Donatello Crocetta

    VP, Global Head of Rare Immunology Franchise, Takeda
    Jayne Spink

    Jayne Spink

    Chief Executive Officer , Genetic Alliance UK
    Martina  Garau

    Martina Garau

    Associate Director, Office Of Health Economics
    Michael Page

    Michael Page

    Executive Director, Portfolio Products, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc
    Rick Thompson

    Rick Thompson

    CEO, Findacure
    Sheela Upadhyaya

    Sheela Upadhyaya

    Associate Director - Highly Specialised Technologies , NICE - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

    Annamaria Merico

    Head of Technology Transfer, Fondazione Telethon
    Annamaria Merico

    Annamaria started her career as Technology Transfer Officer at UNIMITT, the University Centre for Innovation and Technological Transfer of the University of Milan. Since 2009 she has been working at Fondazione Telethon, first as Intellectual Property Manager. She is currently Head of Technology Transfer and coordinates IP management, marketing and out-licensing activities in the context of the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM), the San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy (SR-TIGET) and other initiatives partnered by Fondazione Telethon, including the Sofinnova Telethon Fund, the first Italian biotech investment fund recently launched by by Sofinnova Partners and Fondazione Telethon.

    Anthony Hall

    Co-founder, Findacure Development
    Anthony Hall

    Dr Anthony Hall (Tony) graduated from King’s College London with first class honours in physiology and pharmacology before going on to qualify as a doctor in 1991 from the Royal Free. Tony has spent many years working on the development of drugs for rare diseases; during the past 5 years he has worked at Prosensa / Biomarin on the development of antisense oligonucleotides for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and at Mereo BioPharma on the development of a monoclonal antibody for the treatment of osteogenesis imperfecta. He is currently Chief Medical Officer at Aparito.
    Together with Findacure’s co-founder, he published a book entitled “The Patient Group Handbook: A Practical Guide for Research and Drug Development”. Tony is a Trustee of Findacure and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of the rare diseases charity Duchenne UK.
     

    Dan Donovan

    CEO, RareLife Solutions
    Dan Donovan

    Dan Jeffries

    Author and Patient Advocate, Me, Myself & Eye
    Dan Jeffries

    David Rose

    Business Development, Rare Revolution Magazine
    David  Rose

    David Rose is an accomplished public speaker. He has an ultra-rare disease called Occipital Horn Syndrome. He discusses the ups and downs of living with an ultra-rare disease. He discusses all aspects of living with an ultra-rare disease, from studying to holidays. As well as his rare disease presentations, he also speaks on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital about his experiences using the hospital from a very young age up until his late teens.

    Donatello Crocetta

    VP, Global Head of Rare Immunology Franchise, Takeda
    Donatello Crocetta

    Senior International Manager with more than 19 years of leadership capabilities and in-depth pharmaceutical experience driving results in Medical Affairs, Marketing & Sales, Pricing and Reimbursement, Market Access at both global and local scale. Demonstrates ability to work effectively in matrix organizations and multicultural environments. Exposure to multiple therapeutic areas: Hematology, Inborn Errors of metabolism, Genetic diseases, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Inflammation and Immunology, Cardiovascular, Rare Diseases, Metabolic Disorders, Primary and Secondary Immunodeficiencies, Hereditary angioedema.
    Giacomo Baruchello, GM at Vertex Italy and former GM Shire SP Italy said about him: “Donatello has a remarkable background that includes science and business that makes him able to contribute on both fronts. A very committed person, his strong execution skills and mostly appreciated follow through on commitments attitude complete the profile of a promising future leader.”
    Source: LinkedIn, public profile.
     

    Elin Haf Davies

    Director & Founder, Empowering Children | Enabling Research
    Elin Haf Davies

    Elin Haf Davies PhD began her career as a Children’s Nurse, before going on to gain her PhD at University College London. She was part of the paediatric team at the European Medicine Agency responsible for implementing the Paediatric Regulation in Europe. After 6 years as a regulator Elin left to start aparito, a digital health company providing remote patient monitoring specifically for clinical trials. Elin is also part of the IMI consortium ADAPTSMART, focusing on adaptive pathways.

    Jayne Spink

    Chief Executive Officer , Genetic Alliance UK
    Jayne Spink

    Jayne Spink is Chief Executive of Genetic Alliance UK and Chair of Rare Disease UK. Jayne has a BSc and PhD in genetics and postdoctoral experience in molecular genetics and cell biology. She left the research bench to join the Department of Health, initially as scientific secretary to the Gene Therapy Advisory Committee. As Head of Genetic Science, Safety and Regulation, she has worked on policy areas that have included gene therapy clinical research, stem cell research, genetic testing, genetics and insurance and ethics. Jayne is a former Associate Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE and has more than a decade of senior-level experience in the third sector. Immediately prior to joining Genetic Alliance UK, she served for 5 years as CEO of the Tuberous Sclerosis Association and served as the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Director of Policy and Research (also for 5 years).

    Katrin Jack

    Strategic Planning Lead, Takeda Pharma AG
    Katrin Jack

    Krzysztof Potempa

    Founder and Director, BRAINCURES
    Krzysztof Potempa

    Krzysztof Potempa is Founder and CEO at BRAINCURES. He is a passionate computational neuroscientist with over 10 years of experience in deciphering biology from big data in academia and industry. In August 2016, he established BRAINCURES, to enable biology-driven patient-treatment matching (i.e., precision medicine) based on targets, compounds and biomarkers that are associated with their novel molecular framework for brain function. Their unique biological intelligence approach and Discovery Engine Platform processes to de-risk and accelerate drug discovery, pipeline management and clinical decision making have been recognized with the Beanstalks 2017 Best Mental Health Startup- and Sachs BEF18 Rising Stars- Award.

     

    Lizzie McFarlane

    Medical Writer, NexGen Healthcare Communications
    Lizzie McFarlane

    Lizzie is a Medical Writer at NexGen Healthcare Communications and has over five years’ in experience in the pharmaceutical sector. Working with a number of large pharmaceutical clients, she has successfully delivered projects in a range of clinical indications.

    Lizzie’s real passion in medical communications relates to patients and how best they can be supported to live alongside their condition(s). She regularly liaises with patients living with a rare disease in order to demystify clinical research that is published relating to its causes and treatments.
     

    Maria Pascual

    Chief Regulatory Officer, Minoryx Therapeutics S.L.
    Maria Pascual

    Martina Garau

    Associate Director, Office Of Health Economics
    Martina  Garau

    Martina’s current research includes methods and applications of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) approaches in healthcare decision making; economic issues posed by the development and provision of treatments for rare diseases; value based assessments and HTA systems in high and middle income countries. This expertise informs projects undertaken for global pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, non-profit research organizations, charities and trade associations.
    Martina joined the Office of Health Economics in 2004, following a placement at NICE in London. She has an MSc in Economics from the University of York and a first degree in economics from the University of Cagliari in Italy.

     

    Michael Page

    Executive Director, Portfolio Products, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc
    Michael Page

    At Alexion, Mike Page leads a global team which develops and executes of regulatory strategies across the company’s rare disease product portfolio. Prior to joining Alexion, Mike led the US Regulatory team for oncology at Eisai and the regulatory aspects of Eisai’s monoclonal antibody products. Prior to that, Mike was a regulatory affairs consultant at United BioSource Corporation, beforew which he was a Director of Regulatory Strategy at Pfizer, both in the UK and the US. Focusing mainly on late stage development and product registration, Mike has global experience in therapeutic areas including oncology, hematology, psychiatry, neurology, sexual health and addiction disorders.

    Nick Sireau

    Chair and CEO, AKU Society
    Nick Sireau

    Dr Nicolas Sireau is the CEO and Chair of Trustees at the AKU Society, a patient group that helps people with AKU (short for alkaptonuria), a rare genetic disease affecting both his children. He is also co-founder and Chair of Findacure, an organisation that helps rare disease patient groups. Previously, Nick was the CEO of SolarAid, an NGO working in Africa. He is a fellow of the Ashoka Fellowship of Social Entrepreneurs and has a PhD in the social psychology of social movements. He is the editor of ‘Rare Diseases: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs’ (Greenleaf 2013) and co-editor of the 'Patient Group Handbook: A Practical Guide for Research and Drug Development' (Findacure 2016). He is also the founder and Chair of Orchard - Advancing Global Research into obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

    Philipp Gallwitz

    Founding Partner, Admedicum Business for Patients
    Philipp Gallwitz

    Rick Thompson

    CEO, Findacure
    Rick Thompson

    Dr Rick Thompson joined Findacure in 2015, after completing his PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Cambridge. He began working as Findacure’s first Scientific Officer, helping to develop the charity’s proof of concept study for the innovative drug repurposing social impact bond. Having been promoted to CEO in May 2017, Rick now oversees the charity’s strategy and development, oversees major funding applications, and manages the team, while still maintaining Findacure’s scientific projects. Rick is always keen to speak about Findacure’s work, and aims to encourage industry engagement with rare disease patient groups, promoting an open and collaborative approach to rare disease research and patient support.

    Sara Carlot

    Global Medical Advisor - Rare Disease, Chiesi Farmaceutici S. p. A.
    Sara Carlot

    After a Bachelor degree in Molecular Biology, followed by a Master specialisation in Health Biology, I worked for the Scientific Forensic department of the Italian Police Force in Florence. Afterwards I worked for a Pharmaceutical company where I was responsible for both sales and marketing activities of their paediatric drugs portfolio. I then spent two years at the University of Amsterdam within the System Biology department where I carried research on cell cycle. In 2015 I joined Chiesi Farmaceutici as a Project Manager in the Rare Disease field and in 2017 I started my career as a Global Medical Advisor still in the rare Disease field specializing myself in the Advance Therapies Medicinal Products (ATMPs).

    Sheela Upadhyaya

    Associate Director - Highly Specialised Technologies , NICE - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
    Sheela Upadhyaya

    Sheela Upadhyaya is currently the Associate Director of the Highly Specialised Technology program at NICE and is responsible for running the program to evaluate medicines and technologies for rare and ultra-rare conditions for commissioning in the NHS. She has extensive experience in understanding the issues that face companies and other stakeholders when trying to secure access for medicines for the orphan and ultra-orphan conditions. These include developing innovative access arrangements in liaison with industry, clinicians, patients and the NHS.
    Sheela has co-authored several papers that discuss HTA methods for assessing value of orphan medicines and presented at many conference issue panels on the subject.
    Prior to joining NICE, she commissioned rare and ultra-orphan disease services in the NHS delivering improvements through collaborating with industry, clinicians and patient groups. During that time, she successfully decommissioned failing services and seamlessly transferred the care of patients to better quality services.
    Sheela has a passion for partnership working and believes that collaboration across the sector is the key to delivering high quality outcomes for all.

     

    Tom Watson

    Executive Vice President, Bionical Emas
    Tom Watson

    For many years, Tom has partnered with Pharma and Biotech companies to design their strategy for pre-approval access and develop global programs, allowing patients to gain access to often lifesaving treatments. Within this time, Tom has been involved in setting up and running over 200 global Early Access Programs.

    Victoria Abbott-Fleming

    Founder and Chair, Burning Nights CRPS Support
    Victoria Abbott-Fleming

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    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

    97 Cromwell Road
    London SW7 4DN
    United Kingdom

    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum

    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is perfectly situated in one of London’s most luxurious and beautiful areas within South Kensington. 

    The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station for convenient travel to Hyde Park, London Eye, Tower Bridge plus more of London’s top attractions. There are also easy and direct links to some major transport hubs including Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Paddington and Heathrow. 

    This distinctive hotel in south London has so much to offer to make all guests really feel at home. The latest Holiday Inn relaunch is not just about the new look and feel for the hotel but to offer guests more benefits during their stay including a pillow menu for extra comfort during their sleep and a curved shower rail for more spacious feel. 

    In addition to our 906 rooms, all business guests can take advantage of our meeting and conference facilities including High Speed Internet Access and unlimited Starbucks coffee at The Academy. Our hotel’s professional event planners are on board to help take the hard work and stress away from planning your next event. 

    So whether you in London on business or pleasure, make the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum your first choice of hotel and book your accommodation for our lowest internet rate guarantee. 

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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