ACC Liverpool is set to host a number of new association conferences which will come to the city for the first time.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) will bring its annual conference to the venue in 2021 which will coincide with the opening of The Spine – the RCP’s new £35 million northern headquarters in Liverpool.

Around 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the event in April. Professor Cheng-Hock Toh, academic vice-president of the RCP, said:

“The RCP is marking its next 500 years of improving the practice of medicine with the opening of The Spine in 2021. This exciting development will bring RCP together with key players in the healthcare sector to forge a new dynamic to collectively address contemporary health issues. RCP will be at the heart of a new Knowledge Quarter – known as Paddington Village – in Liverpool.

“It is therefore fitting that we host our annual conference at ACC Liverpool in the same year as we open The Spine to our members and the people of Liverpool. The conference will provide that vital opportunity to spark new conversations with new partners to advance knowledge that can benefit patients, our society and the economy.”

NHS Providers – the membership organisation for the NHS acute, ambulance, community and mental health services – recently confirmed a three year deal to bring its annual conference and exhibition to the waterfront venue from November 2021 to 2023.

Meanwhile, the Building Societies Association will take place for the first time next year.

In addition to new events, a series of associations will return to ACC Liverpool including the British Oncology Pharmacy Association, returning for the second time next year, the College of Podiatry – returning in 2020, 2021 and 2022 and the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI) returning in May 2021 for the third time. The Museums Association and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries will both take place in November 2021.

The European Eye Bank Association will bring delegates from across Europe in 2021 and will return to the UK for the first time in over 30 years after ambassadors from NHS Blood and Transplant bid for the event with the support of the venue and the city.

Adrian Evans, ACC Liverpool’s assistant director – conference and exhibitions, said:

“Association business remains strong as reflected in our latest raft of new conferences which will come to ACC Liverpool over the next few years, bolstering our already busy event programme.

“A number of organisers have confirmed that they will return to the venue after hosting successful events here in the past so we must continue to deliver excellent conferences and ensure delegates and visitors enjoy all the city has to offer.”