Vice-Chair Lydia Judge-Kronis FAAPT gives an overview of the AEE experience and encourages APTs to book for Kent 2021
The AEE 2021 is a one day event designed specifically to enhance professional development of APTs, mortuary assistants and other related professionals.
The experiences of APTs vary according to workplace, speciality, and geographical location so this offers a platform to bring everyone together not only providing a safe, confidential, understanding, learning environment but also provides a starting point for networking with like minded, and/or completely random professionals who you may otherwise never get to meet.
Regardless of location, banding or job title we are all linked by our desire to provide excellent care after death and of course the HTA.
The event organisers endeavour to engage APT speakers and those from different professions who can in some way share their knowledge, experience and their passion for their roles. The aim is for attendees to learn and understand different processes and how these can impact the mortuary service, also a chance to see the latest products available, and understand how they are used, whilst developing their own professional relationships.
There is an opportunity to socialise at the end of the event, this is a chance to share experiences, hear how others may have dealt with similar situations and have some relaxation time. AEE also has a busy commercial partner exhibition and we encourage APTs to visit the stands of all our company members.
Many attendees use this time to network with friends & colleagues who they have linked in with previously, potentially at other AAPT events or similar, to have a debrief of their year and discuss difficulties and solutions with others who understand our unique role.
AEE (previously known as the AAPT Conference) has evolved over the years, just as the profession of anatomical pathology has, with the opportunity to gain CPD credits for attending each session which in turn provides the information to submit reflective learning. It is one of the key learning experiences of the AAPT year.
Although the event is on the Saturday some delegates choose to make a weekend of it, meeting up on the Friday and staying through to the Sunday, others simply participate in the daytime lectures whilst some stay for dinner before making their way home, the choice is yours.
Unfortunately we can't make the event free, but many Trusts and Local Authorities do support and fund this educational programme. This year there is a focus on wellbeing and as covid continues to change the goalposts professionally as well as personally, and mortuaries have been highlighted as key service's for many establishments, even if you've been unsuccessful before, why not apply for funding this year?