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May 2012, Liverpool

Chairman's Welcome 2012

Download the Focus 2012 Handbook (in pdf form) here.

Welcome to Liverpool

Please may I offer you a very warm 'scouse' welcome to Liverpool which will be playing host to Focus for the second time after its inaugural visit in 2009.

The city, and in particular the Mersey waterfront has continued to be transformed over the last few years. The relatively new arena and conference centre, with purpose built exhibition and meeting space will again be our venue for Focus 2012. Surrounding areas have also been developed further to provide the city’s premier location for commerce, retail therapy, fine dining and entertainment and it is around this environment that Focus will take place to provide you with the opportunities you need to network with colleagues and socialize in some of the ‘hot spots’ in Liverpool city centre.

In the words of William Osler “the good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient that has the disease” hence the theme for Focus 2012 is ‘focus on the patient’ where patient experience and clinical outcome are key themes and clear aims of the NHS as we move forward. Areas covered with the patient in mind include non-invasive monitoring, adult inborn errors of metabolism and the biochemistry of extremes of age. We will also focus on how diagnostics and information technology in collaboration with our commercial partners will help us to achieve our challenges today and in the future.

On behalf of the organizing committee I look forward to greeting you in Liverpool in April. Please make a date to come and join us either as first time visitor to Liverpool or a returning visitor. Your support is much appreciated.

Paul Newland
Chair, Focus 2012 Organising Committee

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