Total Assist Group was the primary agency in attendance at the AAPT 10th annual conference in Newcastle 2014 and how worth while it was!!!
We arrived at the Copthorne hotel Newcastle the day before to set up our stand and quite a few Anatomical Pathology Technicians were already there. It was a very relaxed afternoon/evening with everyone just mingling and chatting.
Saturday 20th September 2014 08.45hrs and it was all systems go. Registration wasn’t until 9.00 hrs but everyone was enthusiastic and ready to talk to us exhibitors. We spent a hectic 45 minutes chatting to many of the 100+ attendees before they rushed into their first seminar. A lot of the people were new Mortuary Managers and APT’s that we had not had the pleasure of meeting previously, and a few that we weren’t even aware of who had no qualms about making themselves known to us.
11.00am and they were out again in force. Not only keen for refreshments but keen to talk to us and take our contact details. 11.30am and quiet descended as they all returned for high light of the day in my opinion, the talk on Sexual Asphyxia.
What happens at the AAPT conferences stays at the AAPT conference!!! However I would like to thank the organisers for allowing us to go in, as I have never been so enthralled in my life and will never be able to read about another case in the papers without remembering the talk.
12.50hrs and everyone broke for a leisurely buffet style lunch. Everyone talked to everyone; it didn’t matter if you were a trainee or the head of the AAPT it was very relaxed and friendly in the most wonderful venue.
13.30hrs and everyone disappeared back into their next seminar leaving us exhibitors to restock our stands with more freebies and rest our throbbing feet until 15.20hrs when it all started again.
The AAPT conference enables attendees to update their knowledge of scientific, technological, legal & social issues relating to Anatomical Pathology Technology and allowed us as exhibitors to present our latest products and services in a relaxed atmosphere.
We would like to thank in particular, David Scott, Lydia Judge-Kronis, Michelle Lancaster and Christian Burt who made this all possible. See you in Inverness in 2015!