Following the release today of NHS performance data for August, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The NHS is entering autumn in a worse state than ever before.
“There has been no apparent planning with the total focus on Brexit to the exclusion of all other.
“Current performance shows activity through summer has been higher than any previous summer – there has been no respite and there will come a breaking point.
“There has been is no increase in beds available across the NHS and no reversal of the decline in numbers over the last decades.
“Last winter had no extraneous factors with relatively little flu and no real prolonged severe weather – if either or both of those occur this year it will cause havoc.
“I have written to the health secretary and prime minister outlining my concerns and am yet to receive a response, which seems indicative of their attitude towards the real issues facing the NHS.”
Following the announcement today of a £6.2 billion funding increase for the NHS next year in chancellor Sajid Javid’s spending review, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“While any pledge of funding to try to tackle some of the challenges facing the NHS is always welcome, it should in no way be lauded by the government as the level of neglect has been so great that it will take years to become stable let alone make progress.
“I am truly fearful for the service this winter with the spectre of a more severe influenza season and the impact of the pensions crisis which, I believe, will be as damaging – if not more so – than any fallout from a no deal Brexit on the ability of the NHS to deliver safe and effective services.
“Thanks to this inaction, largely overshadowed by the Brexit shambles in Parliament, we are approaching the busiest time of the year with senior clinical (and non-clinical) staff reducing their working hours and not doing the overtime that has often been the difference between coping and not.”
Following the release today of NHS performance data for July, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“This broken record has been playing for so long now that our warnings about the crises engulfing the NHS barely have any impact on those at the top.
“It is just those staff on the frontline who are run into the ground every day seeing and treating more patients with less resource to do so suffering the consequences.
“This week demonstrates political spin is back in full swing under Boris Johnson’s leadership, with massive funding announcements and talk of artificial intelligence while the issues on the ground remain unaddressed.”
Following the announcement by prime minister Boris Johnson of an additional £1.8 billion funding to upgrade NHS facilities and equipment, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“Although we cautiously welcome the announcement of these funds, as others say, it will merely start to prop up work that urgently needs doing on NHS buildings. The details on where this money comes from and who decides when and how it will be spent are crucial.
“However, Mr Johnson must be aware that there are even more pressing issues with staff recruitment and retention across an exhausted service that need fixing at least as quickly as the buildings. We would hope that the secretary of state has accurately briefed the PM without any spin or favours to his pet projects.
“We urgently ask both of them to engage with us and other medical organisations to act to make the NHS safe for the millions of people who will need its help over the next months regardless of the political landscape before and after Halloween.”
A senior medic has said he “fears for patients and staff” as parts of the UK look set to experience record temperatures.
Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said staff were “struggling” as “few lessons had been learned” from last year’s heatwaves.
There were more than 800 excess deaths during summer 2018, when Dr Scriven also joined the Royal College of Nursing in raising concerns of temperatures on wards above 30C.
“It is safe to say no lessons have been learned from last year and few, if any, hospitals are prepared for the impact of such intense heat, making the lives of staff miserable and putting patients at risk,” he said.
“This is related not only to the direct effects of extremely hot weather but also in that overheated and exhausted staff are at risk of making errors they wouldn’t make under normal circumstances.
“With today’s forecast of potentially unprecedented temperatures of up to 39C in some parts of the UK, I fear for patients and staff alike.”
Dr Scriven warned hospitals were already seeing the highest levels of July activity which will “further stress the system”.
“We are already seeing the highest levels of July activity on record – as high or higher than we would see in winter – and, again, the warnings were there last year,” he explained.
“The problem is that the drum has been banged – particularly by SAM – for some time now on both our winter and summer problems in the NHS, yet there has been very little in terms of action to address issues on the frontline.
“These excruciating temperatures have really magnified the dangers of providing care with understaffed teams in ageing buildings which are designed primarily to keep the heat in and patients warm during winters.”
Dr Scriven said he welcomed new prime minister Boris Johnson’s pledge to upgrade hospitals and tackle the crisis in social care provision but “won’t hold my breath”.
“While it is welcome to see Mr Johnson recognise two of the very issues relevant to both summer and winter pressures on the NHS, this is a man who has also promised to deliver Brexit by 31 October,” he said.
“I won’t hold my breath but any statement of intent to address some of the difficulties we continue to face is positive.”
He added: “Given the prime minister’s decision to keep Matt Hancock in post at the Department of Health and Social Care, we hope very much the secretary of state will now engage with us in trying to improve matters all year round.”
As the society expands, we need to ensure that we have robust policies in place to ensure we maintain our standards as an organisation. We have recently worked with our lawyers to produce policies for Equality and diversity and also a complaints procedure. They can be found below.
Equality and Diversity Policy
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Following the release today of NHS performance data for June, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“The system remains under significant strain and one wonders how many more times performance targets have to be missed for government and NHS leaders to accept they have failed to meet the challenges presented to them over recent years.
“This is meant to be the time when services are least stretched and staff have an opportunity to draw breath but the numbers are staggering – more than 17,500 people needing emergency admission every day in June with a 5% increase in 12 months and the number of patients “stuck” in acute beds is identical to to this time last year (4,500).
“These two mean the pressure remains relentless and people are suffering delays in getting care, notably the 12-hour breach number was 375% more this June compared to 2018.
“As we lurch from one period of pressure to another without any noticeable respite there is now an incredibly serious worry on the horizon in Australian flu which could cause chaos in the UK.
“If the experience in Australia – 75,000 cases up on the same period in 2018 – is replicated then we would see a similar situation to the “bad” winter of 2017 well before we move into winter proper.
“It would be unknown how the NHS would cope given that even in the middle of summer many of our hospitals still have a large proportion of so-called extra capacity in use.
“There would need to be some very firm finger crossing for us to avoid disaster given the current challenges, particularly given the likely lack of senior staff available to provide service-saving overtime due to the now well-publicised and unresolved issues with tax and the NHS pension scheme.”
Following research released today by BBC News which found a quarter of patients in England wait longer than an hour to receive antibiotics when sepsis is suspected, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“We recognise the immense amount of work put in by frontline staff to achieve what they have managed to do in improving the care of patients with sepsis but many other critical conditions too that are equally as life-threatening.
“We would like to be able to get to a place where all these people are treated in an optimal way for their condition. There is a slight concern that by pretty much focusing targets on one measure – giving antibiotics – there is a risk that other highly important treatments may not be delivered in time.
“We must also be mindful that, in a proportion of cases, antibiotics might not be the best treatment for issues. SAM will continue to press for the best possible treatment for all those who present to our overstretched NHS.”
By Dr Susan Crossland, vice-president of the Society for Acute Medicine
The new NHS patient safety strategy was launched this week by Dr Aidan Fowler, NHS national director of patient safety.
He has promised to listen and work continuously to improve patient safety within the NHS.
He spoke of insight, involvement and improvement as the three cornerstones of this and announced plans to replace the National Reporting and Learning System with a new Patient Safety Learning System.
Although it may be semantics, it acknowledges that while accountability can be important, the fear of blame rather than learning and sharing is a barrier to improvement.
He sees the medical examiner system as having an integral role in scrutinising death and has revamped a new Patient Safety Alert Committee to respond to new and emerging risks.
Involvement was a big theme, with a big role for patients and their advocates and a new Patient Safety Syllabus. There were various safety Improvement programmes announced, including medicines and mental health, and priority for learning from incidents around older people and those with learning disabilities.
The Society for Acute Medicine welcomes the new framework – the high risk environment members work in means that patient safety is always at the forefront of what we do.
We support the involvement of patients and their carers and would also like to see involvement at the grass roots of the NHS, a bottom-up approach from the front line.
As always, an engaged and full strength workforce will be integral to these plans and we continue to work with others in order to achieve this.
By Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine
As we come to the end of Acute Medicine Awareness Week 2019 there needs to be a pause in the Brexit shambles and party political posturing to really consider the impact of the two recent reports on our greatest asset – the 1.3 million people who work within the NHS.
Without this massively diverse group of workers dedicated to the service we would not have what we cherish and the whole service would have fallen apart under the unrelenting pressure years ago.
The first report to be released was the ‘Closing the Gap’ paper from the Health Foundation, Nuffield Trust and Kings Fund. This paper highlighted the ongoing pressures and laid out suggestions over seven main areas covering recruitment, retention, service design and social care with particular emphasis on the major struggles facing both primary and secondary care.
The second paper was the leaked and then released ‘Interim NHS People Plan’ authored by the team led by Baroness Dido Harding. Much like the earlier report, this focused on making the NHS a better place to work and making the workforce fit to deliver the aspirations of the Long term Plan. This was welcomed as it was released but more recently there have been several critical appraisals that have not been so kind.
As a Society we fully endorse the sentiments underpinning this work but, like others, we do have some reservations about how realistic and deliverable it is as the interim plan is long on aspirations but rather short on detail and, crucially, is reliant on a still to be released financial plan.
One thing SAM clearly agrees with is the plan around developing the multidisciplinary team including both advanced care practitioners (ACPs) and physician associates (PAs). We are currently working with the Royal College of Physicians and Health Education England on a project that should really benefit and add ‘value’ (in all respects) to the ACPs working in acute medicine and we continue to support the drive to regulate the PA profession to enable them to take on further roles they will be ideal for.
We are concerned at the pace this is moving and wonder where the stumbling block is to progression but, for the sake of this dedicated and new group of workers, it must be overcome as soon as possible to prevent them becoming disillusioned in the NHS.
Furthermore, SAM is extremely disappointed at some of the headlines coming from certain areas of the medical profession in effect criticising and belittling these two groups. In my opinion, this reflects very badly on those doctors who shared their negative views and shows a profound lack of understanding in just how valuable these people are. After all, there is more than enough ‘work’ to go round.
While we acknowledge the need to train and recruit more workers, it needs to be said that these are long term plans – e.g. it takes 10 to 15 years from someone entering medical school to becoming a GP or consultant) and the real action needs to be focused on staff retention by making the NHS a better place to work.
There is a lot to be said around the current tax/pension issue catching lots of senior staff in a punitive financial trap leading to experienced staff reducing hours and being unwilling to cover gaps due to the threat of five-figure tax bills. It seems as though this particular ball is being passed around various government departments with, so far, no acceptable solution proposed and with the only glimmer of light being the health secretary Matt Hancock saying he is ‘open to talks’.
However, the biggest issue that faces the whole workforce is the culture that predominates and needs fixing from the top down. While there are many fabulous examples of trusts with great leadership and cultures, there are far too many with negative ones with staff downtrodden by covert and overt processes and diktats that range from ‘inconvenient’ to outright bullying.
It is a sad reality that while most senior boards have the right ideas they are often blind to the way in which those under them achieve results and, as a clinician, it pains me to say it is often senior clinicians in manager roles who are the worst offenders in the way they treat their teams.
The ‘inconvenient’ type of issue can be the hospital where the only form of catering after 5pm weekdays and all weekends is via vending machines – woe betide any staff member who is working evenings/nights and wants a healthy diet.
The more unsubtle issues have been raised in reports on junior doctors’ lives but it is telling that more than one CEO is reported to have said to their teams ‘this is dreadful but it isn’t here, is it?’ to be met with a total lack of eye contact and much foot shuffling.
Unfortunately, the cultural issues are more widespread than just among doctors and there are examples of how ‘difficult’ things are for all groups. One example is around mandatory training – pay progression can be limited by not achieving total compliance but wards are so stretched with staffing there is no time on shift or available computers access to do this and online systems close on multiple weekends for updating or servicing.
Moreover, if a ward manager maybe allows some leeway to take this into account they risk having their own pay progression withheld. Other examples for doctors include the non-release of rotas, inhumane rota patterns, refusal of leave due to arcane HR practices and negative environments where criticism is routine but praise rare.
Recruitment practices are another area that needs examining. I am not certain if it is just the NHS but a phenomenon that is recognised in virtually every area is the person who has been promoted out of harm’s way or has had a job ‘created’ for them to reward not excellence in care but ‘loyalty’ to the organisation that is too often the priority of those appointing to lower and middle grade managerial roles.
Lastly, we must work at creating a culture where critical thinking on all aspects of work is encouraged and people are not afraid to speak out for the fear of ‘punishment’ or retribution and the NHS must not become ‘Orwellian’ in expecting blind obedience at any cost.
They say that the first stage in solving issues is recognising the problem and the two publications mentioned have certainly done that but we need some rapid and concrete progress across the whole system to protect our workforce colleagues and make the NHS a place where people feel valued and want to work.
We in acute medicine and SAM totally understand the whole team ethos and 100% value each and every one who works in our units. We have stated our willingness to work with the NHS on workforce issues and await any invitations to do so and a last message to Mr Hancock is that there is no IT substitute for good people doing good work.
Commenting on the release today of NHS performance data for May, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Emergency access is in a dire state and, given that a new crisis engulfs the NHS almost every month, it is hard to see how patients and staff can be reassured that we will ever get back on a stable footing.
“We have seen huge increases in pressure against a backdrop of falling numbers of GPs, cuts to social care which will take years to repair, vacancies among nurses with no laws to ensure safe staffing and a decrease in beds.
“There is now the current pensions tax issue which is catching lots of senior clinicians in a punitive financial trap and leading to experienced consultants reducing hours and being unwilling to cover gaps due to the threat of five-figure tax bills.
“What I find most disconcerting is how we do not see these major problems being resolved and then, within a short period, see another and I fear for how long it can go on like this.”
By Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine
As we move ever closer to the new ‘world’ of whatever access targets are released for testing across the NHS, it is a sobering reminder of where we are as a briefing paper for Parliament clearly shows the dire state of emergency access across the service.
The paper pulls no punches and is, in my opinion, a ‘must read’ for anyone considering themselves for office as well as those charged with putting their ideas into practice.
It must really serve as a wake-up call for the DHSC and the SOS if he can tear himself away from the campaign trail.
The paper starkly shows that the four-hour target has not been met in the NHS since July 2015 and this year has been the worst ever on record with currently more than 12% of patients in our front door departments for more than four hours.
This figure is artificially improved as it includes minor injury units etc and the key figure for those who attend our main 24-hour casualty departments is horrendously low with more than 18% missing the target in 2018/19 and figures of 24% over this winter.
Partly this is due to demand, but the paper points out that the average rise in attendances is 3999/day and the number of people exceeding four hours has risen by 5394/day. Only three NHS trusts have achieved the 95% target in the last six months. The other statistic that is mentioned is the ‘trolley wait’, meaning waiting over 12 hours from a person being said to need admission to getting a bed on a ward.
People in the service fully realise that this is open to manipulation as there is no hard-standard start point but, nevertheless, it is staggering to see that the number who fall into this bracket as risen 1249% in the last five years.
We know demand is ever-soaring but what of the most important resource in the NHS, its staff? In the last pages of the paper figures are presented. For primary care the figures have been well-publicised, with a fall in GP numbers particularly those working as partners (down 12 % in four years). Access to primary care is crucial as they are the gatekeepers for many and are vital in knowing how to avoid hospital care if possible and trying to maintain health for all those in their practices.
Lastly we need to look at bed availability and occupancy. There is no new news in saying we have less beds than before but, despite the demand, we have 5.4% less acute/general beds now than in 2011 with occupancy of those beds ‘only’ 91.7% this winter.
There should be no apology for presenting these figures yet again as they must be seen for what they are and what the represent as well as setting any context for new measures that will come in. These must be worked on and reviewed by all to ensure they are workable, not too onerous to collect, not ‘gameable’ but, most importantly, they must reflect and represent the day-to-day realities for all our patients who need urgent care and not those with cherry picked, perhaps high media profile, conditions.
We need all those with relevant expertise to sort this out and not let them fall foul of political manoeuvring or demands needing ‘quick fixes’ or ‘better figures’ to serve whatever purpose suites on any certain day.
We have received permission to share the following presentations from the SAMontheTYNE conference. Click on the links below to view.
Thursday 2 May
Bricks & Mortar for Acute Care, Sir James Mackey_
Sick Enough to Die, Kathryn Mannix_
SESSION 2: RESPIRATORY
Interstitial Lung Disease on the AMU_Ian Forrest
COPD Hospital and Home Care Acute Medicine, Carlos Echevarria
SESSION 2.1: POINT OF CARE ULTRASOUND IN ACUTE MEDICINE
Why We Should All Want to be FAMUS, Nick Smallwood
More Signal, Less Noise, Marcus Peck_
SESSION 3.0: NEUROLOGY
Thunderclap Headache & Acute Neurology Service, Amal Samaraweera_
Embedding Simulation on the AMU, Naomi Warren_
Epilepsy Management, Rhys Thomas_
SESSION 3.1: EDUCATION & TRAINING
The Future of Internal Medicine Training, Alastair Miller_
Embedding Simulation on the AMU, Nadia Stock
SESSION 4.0: DIZZINESS & SYNCOPE
Should I Still Request a Holter Monitor, Iain Matthews_
Dizziness, Joanna Lawson_
Frailty, Steve Parry_
SESSION 4.1: THE ACUTE CONSULT
New Psychoactive Substances, Simon Thomas_
Friday 3 May
Early 1: Multiprofessional Developments within SAM, Laura Jennings_
Early 2: SAMBA19_
SESSION 5.0: GASTROENTEROLOGY
IBD on the AMU, Ally Speight_
Acute Upper GI Bleeding, John Morris_
SESSION 5.1: ORAL PRESENTATIONS
SESSION 6.0: INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Bugs & Drugs, Nikhil Premchand_
The Influence of Influenza, Ashley Price_
SESSION 6.1: TRAINEES
Training in Acute Medicine, Anika Wijewardane_
What I Wish I Knew When Applying for Consultant Jobs,Ben Lovell_
takeAIM Fellowship, Peter Ng_
PLENARY 7: REALISTIC MEDICINE
Realistic Medicine, Helen Mackie_
Zen & the Art of Acute Medicine, Vince Connolly_
And SAM Looks Forward To, Nick Scriven_
A top doctor has said the government “must get a grip” on its handling of the NHS or face inflicting “irreparable damage” on the workforce.
Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said England was “lagging way behind” its devolved counterparts on the introduction of safe nurse staffing levels.
And he warned there was a “real prospect” of a shortage of doctors as a result of failing to address the pensions tax crisis promptly, fill senior vacancies and tackle the uncertainty caused by Brexit.
“It really is quite astonishing to see what has happened to the NHS in recent years – the government must get a grip on its management or face the real prospect of causing irreparable damage by driving staff away,” said Dr Scriven.
“On big issue after big issue we have seen the government fail to make decisions or act quickly enough, such as the junior doctor contract saga, the state of social care provision and the reduction in acute bed numbers.
“That is all playing out again right now, with targets remaining unmet, the pensions crisis unresolved and eating away at the consultant workforce, no laws to ensure safe staffing levels and no answer to the growing number of vacancies.”
Despite 40,000 nurse vacancies in England, there is no law related to nurse staff – despite legislation being in place in Wales, a bill introduced in Scotland and a framework in place in Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, with 10,000 consultant vacancies, some doctors are reducing hours or turning down additional work due to the tapered annual allowance, introduced in 2016, which reduces the tax-free amount that anyone earning over £110,000 can save into a pension each year, leading to tax demands so high some doctors have had to remortgage their houses to pay.
In addition, senior doctors retiring after 40 years on a final salary of £100,000 – or a shorter period on a higher salary – are opting to retire early to avoid being penalised by an additional lifetime allowance tax on their pension pots.
“For a service that relies on senior staff regularly going many extra miles to try to shore up rotas and creaking winter services, removing what are punitive additional taxes must surely be an absolute priority,” said Dr Scriven.
“We are in a situation where additional blocks of work, such as an extra weekend to fill a gap or cope with pressure, could lead to a five-figure tax bill for a doctor simply trying to do what is best for patients.
“More often it will mean a consultant no longer offering to work routinely beyond the basic contracted 40 hours a week which has consequences with rota gaps in acute services unfilled or doctors no longer offering to do extra work to reduce waiting lists.”
Dr Scriven said that while the problem is “biting” on older, more experienced doctors, more younger clinicians are “looking ahead” and staying on the basic NHS contract.
He added: “From figures recently released, well over 20,000 doctors have been hit with tax bills in excess of £10,000 in the last few years.”
A recent Society for Acute Medicine survey identified staffing as a major concern of frontline staff, with 60% of respondents believing any Brexit arrangement will negatively impact further on what is already a crisis.
In addition, more than half (55%) said that regardless of the political arena, workforce issues – including staffing numbers and morale – were their biggest current worry.
“Despite these significant and multiple problems, the Prime Minister has now announced her departure while the health secretary is busy preparing for his leadership bid,” said Dr Scriven.
“Yet again, this demonstrates the disconnect between the Westminster bubble and the issues that are eating away at our healthcare services – and the consequences could be terminal.”
The Society for Acute Medicine’s 8th Acute Medicine Awareness Week is going to be taking place week commencing Monday 10 June 2019 in all the acute medicine units throughout UK. Units are advised to choose any day that is convenient for them within the week for the celebration of everything acute medicine.
Registrations for the Awareness Week are now open! To register, please complete the registration form here and return this to Elin Andersson, email@example.com, to register your participation for the week. Please tell us what date you have chosen to celebrate everything Acute Medicine in your department. Please send us your registration form by 5pm on 4 June in order to receive AMAW merch such as balloons, canvas bags and buttons.
Please click here to download your AMAW19 resource pack.
If you are looking for any ideas of what to do please look at the activities through the link below which were organised by SAM members in previous year.
This year Acute Medicine Awareness Week is been organised in collaboration with takeAIM Fellows. Please visit our website, http://www.takeaim.org.uk/ for everything Acute Medicine.
The hashtag for this event is #AMAW19, follow SAM on @acutemedicine & takeAIM on @take__AIM
SAMBA19 registration is now open! Please use the form at the end of this post to sign up and take part.
For Trusts that have more than one hospital, please register each hospital site separately. Also, you can specify if you want to be the administrator for your unit, which gives you direct access to the results of SAMBA19, as well as the ability to create additional log ins for members of your SAMBA team. You will be sent a link to start uploading your unit data two weeks before the audit date of 27th June 2019.
You will find the Caldicott Guardian form, a SAMBA19 protocol, a SAMBA19 How to Guide and Masterlist below.
Caldicott Approval SAMBA19
SAMBA 19 How to Guide
SAMBA19 Patient Data Collection Form
The unit questionnaire is available in the database.
Please start arranging your SAMBA19 data collectors for the 27 June 2019 and ensure that your Caldicott Guardian has approved data release. Also, your local audit team should be made aware and approve of SAMBA19 using your usual local permissions. The data entry deadline is 23:59 on 14 July 2019.
Any queries, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Lasserson, on behalf of the SAMBA19 team.
If you need a new password to the database, please go to: https://data.casecapture.com/account/Login
Follow the link ‘Need to set your password or forgotten your password? click here’
Your username is your email address. Follow the instructions to reset your password.
Administrators: How to add a user to the SAMBA database.
The FAMUS group were delighted to be short-listed for a BMJ award in the Education category. This is an excellent recognition of the work the team have done to bring point of care ultrasound to trainees across the UK.
The nomination recognises the work the team have done in bringing FAMUS from a neat idea of a few enthusiasts, to the recognised curriculum and standardised teaching materials (including famus.org.uk, the e-LFH module and our YouTube channel) that we have today.
Welcome to SAMontheMOOR, being held on the 10-11 October 2019 at the Harrogate Convention Centre.
For Abstract submission, registration and programme information go to www.samonthemoor.org
The conference offers 12 CPD points and will update your skills and knowledge in many areas of clinical practice within acute medicine that you encounter daily. Our conferences are open to all members of the multidisciplinary team who work in acute and general medicine, ranging from doctors in training through to senior consultants, nurses, physiotherapists and pharmacists. The conference offers an entirely independent programme, based on the most recent research and development in acute medicine and has been designed by a multidisciplinary team who work at the front door in acute and general medicine on a daily basis.
View the Programme
Registration now open!
To register, please click here.
- Early Bird Discount Ends: 30 June 2019
- Late Payment Fees Begin: 1 September 2019
Abstract submission is open until 29 July 2019.
For more information, view the Call for Abstracts.