I have worked with the Andrew Sims Centre on 2 conferences this Spring ‘21. The organisation has been excellent – sorting out all the practicalities efficiently, facilitating the programme, coordinating and communicating with speakers and delegates, organising delegate packs, changes to the programmes at short notice, obtaining and summarising feedback and issuing certificates of attendance and thanks. As a busy clinician, I significantly reduced email traffic in relation to the meeting and simply had a planned update with Sophie at the Centre, as needed. The organisation has been particularly helpful and skilled in moving conference to an online platform in the COVID19 era, allowing the best virtual environment. As the conference organiser and chair, their presence behind the scene on the day allowed excellent support for the delegates with any access and IT issues, allowing me to concentrate on the content of the conference. Particular thanks to Sophie Billingsley for excellent co-ordination. Thank you Andrew Sims!
Dr Sara Davies, Training Programme Director, Health Education England Yorkshire and Humber
Sophie and the team at ASC were incredibly helpful in every aspect of organising and facilitating the conference. It was our first time delivering a national conference online and they supported us in every aspect. Many thanks
Dr Rhys Jones, Consultant in Eating Disorders, LYPFT
The Andrew Sims Centre is what psychiatrists outside Leeds know about Leeds and I have always seen it as a real asset. I have always known that I could depend on your collective professionalism, hard work and commitment and this has made a real difference to me in this role. I am very grateful.
Dr Claire Kenwood, Medical Director (2017-2020), Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
The ASC is a very comprehensive service who are very good at supporting and promptly reply to queries. The event ran smoothly and the team were great; Very helpful and thought of everything. As an organiser, I could participate fully without having to deal with admin and I could focus on the content of the day. I was keen to promote environmentally friendly approaches and the ASC showed interest and supported this.
Susan Guthrie, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & University of Leeds
As the outgoing SAS Tutor, the responsibility of delivering a SAS development programme year on year would have been considerably more difficult and time consuming without assistance from the ASC staff. The assistance provided by the dedicated ASC staff member for SAS events commences right from the planning stages all the way up to the event day itself. They are integral to the effective planning, advertising and overall management of the SAS development days. It has always been a pleasure to work alongside the ASC staff who are highly capable and efficient in organising medical education events. Their attention to detail is most welcome and provides both organiser and delegates with an assurance that all their needs will be considered and catered for and ensures the success of the events. They are highly responsive to all organiser and delegate requests and feedback and are constantly striving to ensure that they maintain a standard of excellence.
Additionally the ASC has also assisted in the designing and evaluation of the annual SAS Training Needs Analysis which underpins the development programme. Their skills extend beyond events organisation and include data capture and analysis which greatly assists in delivering targeted medical workforce learning and developmental events.
I cannot praise the team more highly for their excellent work and would definitely turn to them for assistance when needing to plan any future educational events. Every one of the multiple events that they have helped me to deliver over the years has been a success.
Dr Monique Schelhase, Associate Specialist in Eating Disorders and Lead Clinician, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
The team at Andrew Sims made the event that I had put on run really smoothly and it was very well received. Communication throughout the process was prompt and helpful. The team thought of things that I hadn’t even considered and were always one step ahead of what might be needed. I am certainly planning to use them again for next years event
Dr Sophie Roberts, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, National Deaf CAMHS