It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the Joint Congress of the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disabilities and the IASSID SIRG for Challenging Behaviour and Mental Health at the Palace Hotel in Manchester, UK. This conference will be held from 1 to 3 September 2011 in Manchester, England, United Kingdom.
Our two organisations have decided to come together to create a place for the exchange of research, practice and perspectives, and to share and explore new findings and new ideas. The Congress is being hosted by the British Psychological Society’s Faculty for Learning Disabilities who will be holding their annual continuing professional development event concurrently with the Congress.
Certificates of Attendance will be available at the conference if you register before the Registration Deadline. If you would like any further information relating to this event please email [email protected]
Easily accessible by air, rail or car, The Palace Hotel is situated directly opposite Oxford Road Station in the heart of Manchester. It’s within walking distance of Piccadilly Station and is just a short journey from Manchester International Airport. A map of the Palace Hotel can be found on the hotel website Fying into Manchester Airport? Please click here for further details on travelling from the airport to the City of Manchester http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/to-and-from-airport/
We are proud to be using a hotel which has been awarded the Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme and were the North West’s winner for the Excellence in Sustainable Tourism award 2008/09.
The Palace Hotel has the following credentials:
Green Tourism Business Scheme GOLD Award 2010-2012
Runner up in the Combating Climate Change Award 2010
Manchester City Council Business Pledge GOLD Winners 2010/09/08
Principal Hayley Environmental Award Quality Winner 2010-2011
North West Tourism Environmental Winner 2009/2008
Manchester Tourism Sustainability Winner 2008/Finalist 2010
Enjoy England 2009 Finalist for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
North West Business Environmental Green Hero Top 6 2009/2010
North West Business Environmental Combating
Climate Change Finalist 2010 Please visit the hotel website for further details.
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Electricity The electrical current in the UK is 230 volts, 50Hz. Flat three-pin plugs are standard.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100 pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks. Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges.
Currency Exchange Rates
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English is the official language, though visitors will be astonished by the variety of regional accents. Hotels will often have staff who are able to speak many languages.
There are no specific health risks associated with travel to the UK and food and water can be considered safe. The British National Health Service is excellent; emergency treatment is free to visitors, but charges are made for routine medical care. A number of countries have reciprocal health agreements with the UK including Australia, New Zealand and EU countries. Visitors from other countries (including Canada, South Africa and the US) are advised to take out good medical insurance.
Tips of 10 to 15% are expected in restaurants and upmarket hotels in the UK if a service charge hasn’t been included. Hotel service staff receive an optional amount. Taxi drivers are usually given 10 to 15% of the fare. Other services are discretionary.
It is generally safe to travel throughout the UK, although travellers are advised to take special care of their personal belongings in busy areas as pick-pocketing is often reported.
Handshaking is customary when introduced to someone new. Smoking is banned in all enclosed public spaces, including pubs and restaurants, and on public transport. The ban is also in effect in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There is a strict etiquette on escalators – stand on the right, walk on the left.
The four countries of the United Kingdom, although culturally and historically different, generally keep to the same practices in business. Politeness and punctuality are key to good business relations, and initial meetings are often conducted formally and impersonally, becoming more open and social as things progress. Business cards are exchanged at introductions.
The international country dialling code for UK is +44. The outgoing code is 00, or 048 for Northern Ireland, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for the United States). There are a wide range of city/area codes in use. Mobile phones work throughout the country; the network operators use GSM 1800 networks, which may not be compatible with some dual-band US cell phones. Internet cafes are available in major towns and cities, train stations and airports.
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