Registration for ITS6 is FREE for patients and families and FREE for GTC healthcare professionals - those who work in hospitals and clinics that are current paid up members of the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative. GTC member hospitals will receive details of how to register their staff for free.

The conference is open to ALL healthcare professionals involved in tracheostomy care wherever you are in the world! The cost to attend this exciting and innovative event is £20 GBP. Please note that there may be an international transaction fee associated with the booking depending on where you are in the world and the payment method you select. 

The booking system is currently OPEN! Click this link to register. You can watch some or all of the content on the day, and some or all of it whenever you like on 'catch up' for up to 30 days afterwards. So you don't need to be free on the 7th or 8th of October to participate and attend!

The abstract submission system will also open this week. You can view the information on the abstract pages and downloads to start planning your submission. We encourage ANYONE attending to submit an abstract!

Keynote speaker announcement


We are delighted to announce our first keynote speaker is Professor  Michael Rosen, Children's Poet Laureate (2007 - 2009). Michael is Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London in the Education Department. Michael unfortunately caught COVID-19 and spent a long time in hospital and in ICU, much of that time with a tracheostomy. Michael has written about his experiences in a new book of poetry, Many different kinds of love: a story of life, death and the NHS. Michael has kindly agreed to talk about his experiences relating to his tracheostomy and the problems it presented him with. This will provide a unique insight into the everyday experiences of our patients, told by one of the most eloquent people around! Michael will be interviewed by a few local children just for us.

‘Will I wake up?’

‘There’s a 50:50 chance.’

In March 2020, Michael Rosen became unwell. Soon he was struggling to breathe, and he was admitted to hospital with coronavirus. What followed was months on the wards: a month in an induced coma, and weeks of rehab and recovery as the NHS saved his life, and then got him back on his feet. Throughout it all, a diary was kept at the end of Michael’s bed, where his nurses wrote him letters of hope and support. And as soon as he was awake, he was ready to start writing his own story.

Combining stunning new prose poems by one of Britain’s best loved poets and the moving coronavirus diaries of his nurses, and featuring original illustrations by Chris Riddell, this is a beautiful book about love, life and the NHS that celebrates the power of community and the indomitable spirits of the people who keep us well.

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With grateful thanks to the organising committee of the 5th ITS, TRAMS, Austin Health and the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne for assistance in preparation of these materials and for use of the promotional templates.