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Nottingham is the thriving regional capital of the East Midlands. Centrally located, it is within easy reach of most of the country.

Nottingham has an impressive history of rebellion: it was the starting point for the Civil War, the birthplace of the Luddite movement and of course, home to the nation’s favourite outlaw, Robin Hood. Today, it’s a tamer, trendier interpretation of radical - a young, green, clean city with a thriving arts scene, affordable housing, creative and science industries, and more.  A 10-minute walk northeast of the station,  you will find Hockley and the Lace Market. Nestled beneath the Castle is Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, one of several claimants to the title of oldest pub in the country. Sports fans are well served with Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham Forest and Nottingham City football teams, the latter being the oldest football league team in Britain. Wollaton Hall was the setting for Wayne Manor in the Christian Bale series of Batman films and the Television Workshop, founded in Nottingham has launched the careers of many famous actors including Samantha Morton and Vicky McClure. Nottingham is where the first MRI scanners were developed and ibuprofen was discovered (invented to cure a hangover). It was the home of Raleigh bicycles and Boots the Chemists and the prototype for video recorders were also developed here.

The forthcoming BSPED 2016 meeting will take place at Trent Vineyard. The CME day on Wednesday 23rd November will provided a varied focus on key clinical and training matters in paediatrics endocrinology and diabetes.

The 1st symposium in the endocrinology main meeting on Thurs 24th November will have the theme of fertility and contraception, with separate sessions exploring fertility options for both girls and boys with gonadal failure. The third session will be on contraception and managing menstrual difficulties. The afternoon symposium will explore the implications of the 100,000 genome project for paediatric endocrinology, followed by a discussion on how the current legislation on female genital mutilation impacts on DSD surgery for girls.

The parallel meeting for diabetes health professionals will focus on supporting families of children with diabetes, both from a psychological point of view but also how social care can help and be involved. Later sessions will look at practical issues on how children and young people learn, plus how to avoid lipohypertrophy. The afternoon will explore the links between diabetes and learning difficulties and how to address the challenges of managing any chronic medical condition in a young person with autism. Finally, we will finish with a debate on the pros and cons of continuous glucose monitoring.

The diabetes programme on Friday 25th November will start with a focus on Prader Willi syndrome, progress with a focus on type 1 diabetes and continue with symposia highlighting the advances made in the management and prevention of the complications of diabetes and the challenges of managing diabetes with eating disorders.

Finally Dr Julie Edge will be giving a valedictorian presentation, reflecting on her experiences of managing diabetes in children over her career. The Endocrine Nurses’ meeting runs in parallel on Friday 25th November, with the main meeting focus on current patient and management issues in paediatric endocrinology, including psychological challenges for children with specific endocrine conditions.

All delegates are welcome to attend this section of the meeting.

During the meeting cutting edge themes in paediatric diabetes and endocrinology will be presented in the oral presentations and posters.

We look forward to seeing you at BSPED 2016 in Nottingham.

Tabitha Randell