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Coronavirus event FAQs

Have you cancelled or postponed any of your upcoming events?

The College has either cancelled or postponed any event taking place from 16 March to 31 May. The majority of our events have been cancelled, but at the moment we are making arrangements to reschedule the National Trainees Conference, Bristol and Northern Professional Development Conference, Manchester to 2021. The RCOG World Congress 2020 in Oman has already been postponed to January 2021.

When will we know if the events held from June onwards are going ahead?

We are closely monitoring the situation with the current global outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our events. We are currently proceeding cautiously with all events from June onwards but will be reviewing these in the coming months as the situation with the virus and its impact develops.

If the event is cancelled, will it be rescheduled for later in the year?

At the moment, anything that is advertised as cancelled is not planned to be rescheduled for 2020 because we are unsure of how long the impact of the virus will last. If this changes, we will contact all the delegates booked on the cancelled event to let them know. It is likely that all cancelled events will be held again in 2021 but we have yet to confirm dates. When new dates are available then we will contact all delegates from the cancelled event.

My event has been cancelled - will I get a refund?

Yes, if we cancel the event then you will receive a full refund. Your refund will be processed automatically via your method of original payment within four weeks. We will be in touch if we require any further information.

Can I transfer my course fees if the event doesn’t go ahead?

Yes, if you would like to transfer your fees to the course next year or any other event in the next 18 months then please respond to our email notifying you of the cancellation of the event to let us know which course you would like to transfer your fees to.

How will the cancellation of the course affect my completion of the ATSM?

We are in discussion with the Specialty Education Advisory Committee to minimise the impact of doctors coming to completion of their ATSM and not having attended the relevant course. We will be following HEE and AoMRC guidance as it develops to mitigate against any negative impact on trainees’ progression through their training programme.

I have been advised to self-isolate and cannot attend. What should I do?

Please get in touch with the Events Team and let us know. You can find the details of the member of the team responsible for each event in the Events section of the website under each event.

I can no longer travel because I am unable to leave my country. What should I do?

Please get in touch with the Events Team and let us know. You can find the details of the member of the team responsible for each event in the Events section of the website under each event.

I am concerned about travelling and no longer want to attend the event. Can I get a refund?

You can get a refund minus the administration fee any time up to two weeks prior to an event. Once this has passed, we are happy to transfer your fees to the same course next year or any of our other events, with the exception of Congress, in the next 18 months.

My trust/organisation has cancelled my leave. What can I do?

Please get in touch with the Events Team and let us know. You can find the details of the member of the team responsible for each event in the Events section of the website under each event.   

If the event is cancelled, will you cover my travel and accommodation?

As outlined in our booking conditions, we regret we are unable to refund any delegate travel and/or accommodation costs that have already been incurred, or any administration charges relating to cancellation of travel tickets or accommodation.

Is the UK government refusing access to those travelling from certain countries?

The UK Government is not currently preventing those who have travelled from specific countries or areas from entering the UK. Instead, they are advising those who have travelled from specified countries or areas or with any symptoms of the virus to self-isolate. This information is being regularly reviewed so please see here for the latest information: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response