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EHMA Annual Conference

Birmingham 24 - 26 June 2014


About  the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC), University of Birmingham

The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham is the leading UK organisation providing research, teaching, professional development and consultancy to health and social care agencies. It serves as a bridge between managers and practitioners in health care and the academic world of research and theory, and many of its staff have experience as senior managers in the field. HSMC has gained a unique reputation as a “critical friend” to the health care community, striving for both relevance and rigour.

Distinctive features of HSMC's work and reputation 

  • Its recognition of the interdependence between research, teaching and consultancy, with each individual activity potentially enriching and informing the other two.
  • Its dual expertise on process and content when working with health and social services. 
  • Its emphasis on providing research-based policy analysis, development and teaching to the health and social care community.

HSMC belongs to the University Of Birmingham College Of Social Sciences. The College brings together over 429 academics (including 83 professors) and almost 200 administrative staff across a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields. The College’s mission is to ‘generate new knowledge about society, and to transform this in ways that improve well-being.

The city of Birmingham

Bcanalirmingham is a major European centre and the second city of the United Kingdom. It is a city of business and ballet, canals and world-class concerts, jewellery and jazz, historical interest and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Birmingham is also the ideal base for exploring one of Britain’s most fascinating regions for tourism, being within an hour’s drive of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, the Potteries, and the Cotswolds.

ikon galleryThe new heart of Birmingham is symbolised by Symphony Hall, considered one of the greatest concert venues in the world and a fitting home for the globally respected City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). Symphony Hall forms part of the impressive International Convention Centre, which overlooks attractive canals at the hub of the UK’s canal network. At the magnificent Hippodrome Theatre is the internationally renowned Birmingham Royal Ballet, adding further cultural depth to the city. Apart from London’s West End, Birmingham boasts the highest concentration of live theatre in the UK, including regular tours by major opera companies.

The City Museum and Art Gallery houses the world’s finest collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, alongside a major collection of Old Masters, Modern and Contemporary pictures. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts houses one of the best UK university collections of Impressionist and Renaissance art. The restored Gas Hall Gallery has international touring exhibitions, while the Halcyon and Ikon galleries feature innovative contemporary works. National landmark sites abound, including the National Indoor Arena, the National Exhibition Centre, National Motorcycle Museum, National Car Heritage Museum, and the National Sealife Centre.

shoppingThe iconic Bullring is one of the largest dedicated shopping facilities in Europe. Sports and recreation are also well served; the city offers international test cricket, top-flight football, International Championship golf and top-class rugby. The International Convention Centre and National Indoor Arena have spawned a whole new development at the centre of the city. The National Exhibition Centre, on the outskirts of the city, remains one of the largest exhibition facilities in Europe.

Birmingham is at the crossroads of the UK’s motorways. From Birmingham International Airport, more than a dozen different airlines operate scheduled services to 60 destinations worldwide. The University is the only mainland UK university to have its own railway station, while 50 million passengers a year use Birmingham New Street Station, which will be at the centre of the proposed high speed rail network. London is 90 minutes away by shuttle service, with trains every 20 minutes until the evening.

Location of EHMA 2014

EHMA 2014 will take place at The University of Birmingham’s Medical School.
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3858


How to get to Birmingham

Visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/edgbaston-directions.aspx for details of how to get to the University of Birmingham by public transport, road, rail or air.

For our international guests, the nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport which has direct flights from locations in the UK, as well as from across Europe, the US, Canada and the Middle East.

Please note, the journey by taxi from the airport to the University takes approximately half an hour. Alternatively, Air-Rail Link provides a free, fast connection between the airport terminals and Birmingham International railway station. Air-Rail Link operates every two minutes (journey time 90 seconds). Birmingham International railway station has frequent services to New Street Station in the city centre (journey time around 15 minutes).

If you are arriving at London: 

  • There is a frequent train service from London Euston railway station to New Street Station (journey time around 1 hour 30 minutes).
  • From Heathrow Airport. Take the Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station and then the Underground or a taxi to Euston Station. Alternatively, an Airbus runs from Heathrow Airport direct to Euston Station.
  • From Gatwick Airport. Take the Airport Express train to Victoria Station and then the Underground or a taxi to Euston Station.

All details are available from www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/edgbaston-directions.aspx.

City Map

Visit www.visitbirmingham.com/, the official website for visitors to the city and region.
Getting to Birmingham and exploring the city is really easy. Visit www.visitbirmingham.com/explore-birmingham/guides-and-maps/ to download visitor maps as well as tourist and business traveller advice and suggestions.

Visa Information

Non-EEA/Swiss nationals visitors coming to the UK who wish to participate in any activity at the University must hold an appropriate visa. Under visa rules, visitors holding a general 'tourist' visa are not allowed to participate in any activities in the University other than Campus tours.

If you are a Non-EEA/Swiss national (if you are unsure, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/eu-eea),  you will need some form of entry permission for the UK: 

  • If you require a Visa: You must apply for and obtain a Business Visitor Visa (to attend a conference) prior to departing for the UK. A list of Visa nationals can be found at the UK Border Agency website (https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration).

To receive a formal letter to be used to apply for a business visitor visa in your home country or to be shown to the Immigration Officer when you arrive in the UK, please contact ehma.contacts@bham.ac.uk.

For non-visa nationals, you have two choices:

  • You can apply for and obtain a Business Visitor Visa (to attend a conference) prior to departing for the UK, or;
  • You can wait until you arrive in the UK and confirm the purpose of your visit as a Business Visitor to the Immigration Officer.

To receive a formal letter to be used to apply for a business visitor visa in your home country or to be shown to the Immigration Officer when you arrive in the UK, please contact ehma.contacts@bham.ac.uk.

Practical Information

Currency: The pound sterling (represented as a £ symbol; ISO code: GBP), commonly known simply as the pound, is the official currency of the United Kingdom. It is subdivided into 100 pence (singular: penny).

Electricity: 230-240V, 50Hz. Plugs are 3-pin.

Emergency Services: For police, fire or ambulance dial 999.

Language: The language of the United Kingdom is English (British English), which is spoken as the primary language of 95% of the UK population.


You can reach EHMA 2014 organising committee by email: ehma@contacts.bham.ac.uk.


Are you interested in sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities?


Please read the 2014 EHMA Sponsorship Brochure to find out the different opportunities. For further information, please contact Ross Millar, r.millar@bham.ac.uk.


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Contact details

For any questions concerning registration, accommodation, Visa letters or event logistics in general, please contact the EHMA conference organiser by emailing ehma@contacts.bham.ac.uk.


For any questions concerning programme and abstract presentations, please contact matteo.vezzosi@ehma.org.


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