30th Annual Conference

30th Annual Conference

21 – 23 September 2021

Harrogate Convention Centre

  • Programme

    Tuesday 21 September

    11:00 – 13:00 BADBIR session
    13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and Exhibition
    14:00 – 17:00 Innovations in dermatology nursing (formally Scientific Session)
    17:00 – 18:00 Welcome Drinks Reception

    Wednesday 22 September

    Workshops Foundation Stream Advanced Stream
    09:00 – 10:30 Communication skills workshop 08:45 Welcome 08:45 Welcome
    09:00 Immunology and biologics 09:00 What is advanced practice?
    09:45 Lower leg dermatology 09:45 The Nurse Consultant Journey
    10:30 – 11:00 Coffee and Exhibition
    11:00 – 12:00 Annual General Meeting
    12:10 – 12:55 Sponsored symposia
    12:55 – 13:55 Lunch and Exhibition
    13:55 – 14:35 Sponsored symposia
    Workshops Foundation Stream Advanced Stream
    14:45 – 16:45 Appraisal of evidence workshop 14:45 Introduction to allergy 14:35 Making your case for advanced nurse role
    15:45 Career development 15:15 Nurse Registrar role
    15:45 Education in advanced practice
    19:30 – late BDNG 30th birthday party

    Thursday 23 September

    Workshops Foundation Stream Advanced Stream
    09:15 – 10:30 Lesion recognition workshop 09:15 Welcome 09:15 Welcome
    09:30 Communicating with adolescents 09:30 Skin and gut microbiome
    10:00 Blistering conditions 10:00 Cases in contact dermatitis
    10:30 – 11:00 Coffee and Exhibition
    11:00 Photodermatoses 11:00 Oncology and melanoma
    11:50 – 12:35 Sponsored symposia
    12:35 – 13:25 Lunch and Exhibition
    13:25 – 14:10 Sponsored symposia
    14:15 Treating scalp conditions 14:15 New developments in biologics
    15:15 Conference closes

    Please note: this programme is subject to change.

  • Registration

    Registration fees

    Full Conference One day
    Before 20 August After 20 August Before 20 August After 20 August
    BDNG member £199 £249 £99 £149
    Non member £249 £299 £149 £199

    A £6 booking fee will apply to all registrations

    Click here to register

    Group bookings – coming soon

  • Conference Awards

    To mark our 30th Annual Conference, we are offering 30 Conference Awards of £500 each.

    Closing date for applications is 06 August 2021.

    More information and application

  • Call for abstracts

    We invite healthcare professionals to submit abstracts for oral presentations and posters at our Annual Conference.

    Scientific abstracts are intended to communicate the findings of qualitative or quantitative research studies or good quality audits, undertaken using formal research methods and meeting a quality threshold.

    Case histories are intended to encourage active and thoughtful dermatology nurses to share unusual or interesting cases with colleagues, with the intention of providing novel information and stimulating debate.

    General interest submissions are those which do not constitute formal research but would be of interest to the practice, service organisation or personal development of dermatology nurses.

    The history of dermatology nursing care and how our past informs the present and influences the future of dermatology nursing

    We would also encourage and welcome submissions on all aspects of how Covid-19 has affected your clinical and professional practice and these should be submitted as a general interest abstract.

    Click here for submission guidelines

    The closing date for abstracts is 31 July 2021

    Submit your abstract

  • Exhibition

    If you would like to exhibit at the BDNG Annual Conference, please contact Mark Freeman

  • Social Events

    We will be holding a welcome drinks reception on Tuesday evening in the exhibition hall.


    To celebrate the BDNG 30th Annual Conference, we will be holding a birthday party on Wednesday night. Attendance at this is included for all delegates attending the full conference. Food and drinks will be served at this informal event as well as entertainment.


    Covid restrictions may alter these events.

  • Accommodation
  • FAQs
    Getting to Harrogate


    From the south, take the M1 and A1(M) before leaving at Junction 45 (Wetherby) then take the A661 to Harrogate. Alternatively continue on the A1(M) to Junction 47 (Knaresborough) then follow signs to Harrogate.

    From the north, take the A1(M) and exit at Junction 47 (Knaresborough) then follow signs to Harrogate.

    The postcode for SatNav is HG1 2HR.

    HCC has a car park and there are a number of car parks close by. Please visit https://www.harrogateconventioncentre.co.uk/visitors/parking for more information on locations and charges.


    Harrogate train station is approximately 10 minutes walk from the venue


    Leeds Bradford airport (LBA) is 12 miles away. To get from LBA to Harrogate, take the Airport Direct 747 bus which runs hourly and will drop you off at Harrogate’s main bus station, from there it’s a five minute walk to the Convention Centre. Alternatively a taxi will take about 20 minutes and around £25.

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    Where can I park?

    HCC has a car park and there are a number of car parks close by. Please visit https://www.harrogateconventioncentre.co.uk/visitors/parking for more information on locations and charges.

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    What COVID-19 restrictions will be in place?

    The Government anticipate most restrictions will be lifted by late June 2021, however we will keep this under review and update as required.

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    Which entrance in HCC should I use?

    Please use Entrance 3.

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    For security reasons, bags may be searched upon arrival at the Convention Centre.  Please allow extra time to facilitate this.  Please do not leave your bags unattended at any time. The BDNG cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to delegates property.

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    Is there somewhere for suitcase storage at Harrogate Convention Centre (HCC)?

    Yes, a cloakroom will be in operation on Tuesday 21 September and Thursday 23 September for the storage of luggage and coats.  The cloakroom is located in the entrance hall lobby.  The cost is only £2 per item.

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    Where do I collect my name badge and conference bag?

    Please visit the registration desk to collect these. For security purposes, badges must be worn at all times during the conference. We like to recycle name badges, please hand these in as you leave conference.

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    Where is the registration desk?

    This is located at the top of the staircase as you enter HCC through Entrance 3 and will be staffed during the following hours.

    Tuesday 08:00 – 18:00
    Wednesday 08:30 – 17:00
    Thursday 08:30 – 16:00

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    I am a speaker. Where do I upload my presentation?

    Speaker preview is located beside the meeting rooms. See map.

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    Views expressed by speakers are their own. The BDNG cannot accept liability for advice given or views expressed by any speaker at the conference or in material provided to delegates.

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    Is there free wifi?

    Everyone coming to Harrogate Convention Centre has access to free wi-fi. No need for sign-up or passwords, just connect and accept the T&Cs.  Look for ‘Venue Wifi’ on your connections list. Please note this service is not suitable for heavy downloads or streaming.

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    Which sessions can I attend?

    You are welcome to attend any of the educational session. The foundation sessions are aimed at those new to dermatology and the advanced sessions are aimed at the more experienced nurse.

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    How can I get handouts from the presentations?

    We do not supply copies of the presentations to delegates. Video highlights from conference will be available on the BDNG website soon.

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    What symposia are available?

    We are hosting 8 sponsored symposia at this year’s conference. See programme for more details.

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    Where is the poster display?

    This is located outside the meetings rooms. See map.

    We have a number of posters on display.  These are located close to the educational sessions. A prize will be awarded for the Best Scientific Poster.  You can vote online or by visiting the BDNG Registration Desk to cast your vote.  Please vote by Wednesday 22 September at 15:00. The winner will be announced at the 30th Annual Conference birthday party.

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    The BDNG gratefully acknowledges the contribution of our colleagues in the pharmaceutical industry whose support has helped to make this Annual Conference possible. Please take the opportunity to visit our exhibitors during the conference. The exhibition hall is full of opportunities to learn about new treatments, technologies and resources. Exhibitors list coming soon.

    A number of patient support groups are also exhibiting. Please take the opportunity to visit these important groups.

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    Where is lunch served?

    All refreshments will be served in the Exhibition Hall.

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    Is there a welcome reception?

    We will be holding a welcome reception on Tuesday 21 September from 17:00 – 18:00 in the Exhibition Hall. You do not need a ticket to attend this and it’s a great opportunity to meet up with old and new friends.

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    Where is the Anniversary Birthday Party?

    To celebrate the BDNG 30th Annual Conference, we will be holding a birthday party on Wednesday 22 September 19:00 onwards at the Majestic Hotel which is situated within walking distance of the Convention Centre.  Attendance at this event is included for all delegates attending the full conference.  Food and drinks will be served at this informal event as well as entertainment.

    Delegates are asked to make their own transport arrangement to and from the venue.

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    Can you recommend any restaurants in Harrogate?

    There are numerous restaurants in Harrogate all within a short walk of the Convention Centre. Click here for some suggestions. Also check out the Convention Centre’s Visitor Discount Offers

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    Where is the nearest ATM?

    An ATM is located close to entrance 4, at the end of the building.  Please ask a member of staff for further direction.

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    Your feedback is very important in planning for next year’s conference. Please take part in our online evaluation.  A live link will be available here during conference. Once you have completed your feedback, you will be able to download a certificate of attendance.

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    How do I get a certificate of attendance?

    A certificate of attendance will be available online once you have completed your evaluation of the conference.


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