Do your health events reach the right audience? Do the conversations in the room include all of the important voices? Are you confident that you are using social media and new technology to its full potential?

Welcome to Beyond The Room; a digital conference service that will:

  • Create a buzz (before, during and after your event)
  • Extend your reach and amplify the conversation
  • Facilitate a democratic conversation and actively involve a diverse online audience
  • Convene a bespoke team of social reporters who bring specialist knowledge and credibility to the debate
  • Create a legacy (permanent digital record of your event)
  • Evaluate what we do and report on impact

Read about our recent work.

Phone, email, tweet us now to talk about your event!
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Over 10 million Twitter impressions in less than an hour. This team certainly know how to reach a big audience!

Great work #BeyondTheRoom today at #pddigital16 – steadfastly determined to amplify conversations outside online – great idea for events!

Thanks #BeyondTheRoom! The live podcasting really helped me join in with the conference conversations today.

For all those hosting events in the health and care space wanting to connect #BeyondTheRoom, I recommend this fab team!

Wow! Employing #BeyondTheRoom for our event brought a 4-fold increase in our Twitter reach.


Live coverage of your health event

We offer a flexible range of services to suit your requirements. We prefer to start working with you a few weeks before the event, so we can hit the ground running on the day.

Our services include:

  1. Live tweeting: opening up the event discussion to as wide and varied an audience as possible; including tweet chats, hashtag registration and analytics.
  2. Live blogging: evidence-based summaries of research being presented at your event, disseminated via our major international blogging platform – the National Elf Service.
  3. Live podcasting: recording short audio interviews with people at the event and sharing them online. These are hosted on our Soundcloud page and added to our podcast feed. The aim here is to give a flavour of the less formal/conversational parts of the event; something people obviously miss if they don’t attend in person.
  4. Live video streaming: videoing talks, debates and other conference sessions and live streaming them on YouTube so people can watch and join the discussion via Twitter.
  5. Live graphic reporting: graphic illustration, cartoons and sketches to capture your event and support the feedback of talks and group work.

Health and Social Care: working in partnership

Our Beyond the Room service has initially focused on mental health events, but our networks extend well beyond this into social care, evidence-based healthcare, primary care and a number of other clinical areas.

If you are organising an event that focuses on a specific clinical area or population, please contact us and we can discuss what we can do for you.

Our mental health team

Here’s an overview of our Mental Health team to give you a flavour of the people, experience and audience that we bring:

Mark Brown @markoneinfour

Mark is development director of Social Spider CIC, ex-editor of One in Four magazine, one of Nursing Times/Health Service Journal Social Media Pioneers 2014, mental health writer, doer. One of the people behind the regular We Mental Health Nurses chats on Twitter. His current digital projects include: the Leeds Mental Health and Wellbeing Innovation Lab, COOP CAMHS platform, A Day in the Life, a development of A Day in the Life focused upon adult learners with mental health difficulties, and an app to support advice seekers. Mark regularly writes and speaks on mental health and technology.

Vanessa Garrity @vanessalgarrity

Vanessa is a registered mental health nurse by background and has current professional registration to practice. Her initial background was within the NHS, where she spent many years as a Clinical Nurse, Manager and Professional Lead for Nursing. Vanessa spent her earlier career working within acute mental health and continues to be passionate about improving safety and quality  of care in inpatient settings. Her leadership work was predominantly within specialist mental health services, which is where she became increasingly curious about the potential for digital technology in clinical practice and for professional development. Vanessa is part of the team behind @WeMHNurses which is an online community for mental health nurses and those interested in mental health. The community runs regular online twitter chats as well as being often utilised as part of various national consultations for a number of professional bodies and organisations, such as NHS improvement, Care Quality Commission, Department of Health and most recently the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FONS)

André Tomlin @Mental_Elf

André is an Information Scientist who has worked in mental health since 1996, originally for the NHS, then for the University of Oxford and since 2002 as MD of an evidence-based healthcare consultancy called Minervation. He has coproduced over 20 mental health websites and apps for charities, the public sector and companies in the last decade, so has extensive hands-on experience of working with service users and professionals to build accessible, usable and reliable products. Since 2011 he has led the development of the National Elf Service, which helps keep people up to date with the latest evidence-based health and social care research.

Tom Bailey @TomBaileyLeeds

Tom is very very good at drawing cartoons.

Phone, email, tweet us now to talk about your event!
Phone, email, tweet us now to talk about your event!


#hsconf17 Headstart Spring Conference, 27 Apr 2017

The HeadStart Spring Conference took place on 27th April at the Wolverhampton Science Park. The event saw over 200 professionals and partners from the health, education, welfare, police and voluntary sectors come together to discuss mental wellbeing, education and the promotion of resilience in young people. We were asked to live tweet the event by working …

#MHQT Digital Mental Health, 15 Mar 2017

Mental Health Question Time is a series of regular free to attend public discussions that take place in London. The aim is to bring together patients, service users, carers, health and social care professionals, researchers, policy makers, commissioners, politicians, journalists and others, to talk about important mental health topics. The organisers hope that the public discussions are …


Drop us a line now and find out more about how #BeyondTheRoom can dramatically improve the reach and impact of your event.

? Email: talk@beyondtheroom.net

? Phone: 07974754352 (André Tomlin)

? Twitter: @Mental_Elf