MWF Spring Conference in Bristol - Friday 17th May 2019

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MWF Spring Conference 2019:
Celebrating Success and Preparing for the Future

Friday 17th May 2019, from 8.30am – 5:20pm

Where: Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TA

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 MWF Spring Conference ‘Celebrating Success and Preparing for the Future: Finding solutions to challenges faced by women doctors and their patients’ will be held in the City of Bristol, on Friday 17th May 2019 at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel.

This year more than ever, the MWF Spring Conference 2019  will celebrate how far we have come and look at the big challenges that still lie ahead within the medical profession and beyond. This national conference is a platform for inspiring medical minds to meet, stimulate new thinking and extend professional relationships. We are bringing together the leading voices of those who are working to transform the future for those in the medical profession and highlight solutions to their modern day challenges.

The provisional conference programme has been announced and we are delighted to welcome a range of fantastic speakers, discussions and networking opportunities. Please click here to download the provisional conference programme.

To book your place at the MWF Spring Conference, please use our online booking form.

In our Spring Conference we will explore a wide range of topics including:

  • Celebrating the achievements of medical women and inspiring the next generation

  • Improving the training and working lives of junior doctors

  • Supporting the health and wellbeing of doctors and students

You will also have the chance to make connections with plenty of opportunities for networking. MWF conferences present an opportunity to engage with a wide range of consultants, GPs, junior doctors, medical students and hospital doctors from a variety of specialties.

Confirmed Speakers

We will be showcasing a fantastic and varied line-up of speakers. Hear from:

Professor Sheona MacLeod
Postgraduate Medical Dean in the East Midlands, Chair of the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMeD), Deputy Medical Director for Education Reform at HEE and a GP

Professor Sarah Purdy
Head of the University of Bristol Medical School, Professor of Primary Care, GP, Director at CLAHRC West

Professor Sanjay Gandhi
Professor of Radiology, Core Clinical Services Research and Innovation Lead, North Bristol NHS Trust, Head of Radiology Training at the University of Bristol, British Institute of Radiology South West Chairman

Dr Knut Schroeder
GP, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in General Practice, Health Information Specialist and Founder, Expert Self Care Ltd

Dr Olivia Bush
Clinical Programme Lead at the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) with responsibility for clinical engagement.

Dr Gillian Rice
GP, Clinician for the NHS GP Health Service

Dr Dominique Thompson
GP, Student Health and Wellbeing Consultant

Dr Holly Hardy
GP and Associate Postgraduate Dean, Severn Postgraduate Medical Education, Health Education South West

Dr Elizabeth Thompson
Holistic Doctor and CEO of the new National Centre for Integrative Medicine (NCIM), a Community Interest Company in Bristol.

Professor Selena Gray
Professor of Public Health, University of the West of England

Please click here to download the provisional conference programme.

Booking Arrangements

Registration is open for the upcoming MWF Spring Conference, ‘Celebrating Success and Preparing for the Future’. To book your place at this unmissable Conference, please use our online booking form.


With special thanks to our contributors and charity partners:

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Post-Conference Run

Dr Seema Srivastava MBE and This Mum Runs will be hosting a post-conference run at the pace of chat, offering a fantastic opportunity to see some  of Bristol's sights before dinner and wine. Please click here to register your place on the run; spaces are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Formal Dinner

We welcome you to join us for the unmissable after Conference drinks and dinner.

The Formal Conference Dinner will take place on the evening of Friday 17th May 2019 at the Bristol Marriott Royal, with a drinks reception from 7:00pm and the formal dinner to commence at 7:45pm. The fee to attend is £62.50 for MWF members and £65 for non-members.

To book your place at the Conference dinner, please use the online booking form.



This will take place directly after the conference on Friday 17th May, 5:30-6:00pm at the Palm Court, Bristol Marriot Royal, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA.

MWF Council Meeting

The MWF Council meeting will take place on Saturday 18th May 2019, 9:00-11:00am in the Lancaster Room, Bristol Marriot Royal, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA. This meeting is open to all MWF members who are welcome to sit in on discussions as observers.

Partner and Support

The MWF Spring Conference and its activities offer a range of opportunities to join the conversation as a charity partner or sponsor. Please get in touch to discuss working together by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Travelling to the MWF Spring Conference 2019

Conference Venue: Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TA. Tel: 0117 925 5100

Please click here to visit the hotel website. 

Rail: 2km from Bristol Temple Meads Station.

GWR – Conference Fare Ticket

For conference delegates, Great Western Railway (GWR) can provide a conference return fare to Bristol (based on Paddington Station as an origin point) of £44 in standard class and £89 in first class. The fare is only applicable on GWR routes.

bristol logo 1Each delegate who purchases a conference fare ticket must carry proof of attendance at the MWF Spring Conference – this can be in the form of a confirmation email - and must be presented, on request, by an on board manager.

For booking information and to view the full terms and conditions, please visit the GWR website: 

Air: 15.5km from Bristol Airport.

Car: Take the A38 towards Bristol City Centre then exit onto the A3029 signposted Bristol City Centre. Travel through three roundabouts. Stay in the left lane and exit onto the A4. Take the third exit from the roundabout onto Anchor Road. Turn left and the hotel will be on the left.

For full travel information please use the following link:


Delegates are invited to make their own arrangements for accommodation.

The Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel occupies a fabulous location right next to Bristol Cathedral and the Harbourside. Being right in the heart of the city and only five minutes from the Cabot Circus shopping centre, it offers ideal accommodation for enjoying England's South Western charm.

For accommodation at the Bristol Royal Marriott:

You can contact the hotel directly on +44 117 925 5100 and quote the Medical Women’s Federation (Bed & Breakfast) – starts from £110 per night. Single & Double occupancy is available upon request.

The hotel sometimes has separate offers online so you may prefer to book one of these, in which case no need to quote MWF.

Alternative Accommodation:

Below is a selection of hotels situated in central Bristol near the conference venue:

Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol, Broad Quay, Bristol BS1 4BY- Rates from £91 per night – Details here

The Bristol Hotel, Prince St, Bristol BS1 4QF– Rates from £67 per night – Details here

Hotel ibis Bristol Centre, Explore Ln, Bristol BS1 5TY- Rates from £63 per night - Details here

Please visit,,, for competitive rates these and other alternative accommodation. Please note offers change daily.

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Tel: 020 7387 7765