INVITATION TO BRITISH LOURDES MEDICAL ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE 2023
The Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village (L7 3FA)
Friday 3th November - Sunday 5th November 2023
All Doctors, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals welcome.
Liverpool - Easy access via road, rail or air. City central location. 10 minute walk or short taxi ride from Liverpool Lime Street railway station. There is parking next door at £14 per day.
The conference will be face to face and in person. However, if due to extenuating circumstances anyone is not able to attend in person and would like to attend some of all of the sessions please email the BLMA chair chair@LourdesDoctors.org and we can consider how we might be able to facilitate joining by zoom.
As with previous conferences, we hope to start our weekend with Vespers at 7pm (venue to be confirmed) and we are likely to share a meal and some fellowship at a local Italian restaurant, The Florist, at 7,30pm . If you would like to join us for dinner on Friday evening, at 7.30pm, please let us know when you apply and we will email you the menu.
The conference commences at 10.00am on Saturday preceded by the AGM for members at 09.00am and finishes at 4.45pm.
Saturday Vigil Mass at 5.00pm will be celebrated in Liverpool Cathedral.
The Conference Dinner, at The Novotel is from 7.30pm at a cost of £35 per person. There will be a cash bar.
Sunday morning workshops will be held in the hotel from 9.30am, preceded by Morning Prayers at 09.15am. The conference will close at 12.30pm
A number of rooms have been reserved at a reduced rate until the 5th of October at The Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village of £119 single / £134 double occupancy per room per night, including breakfast. Car Parking charge is £14/night.
Please book early and quote BLMA2023 when booking before the 5th of October.
Alternatively there are a number of other hotels within easy walking distance of the hotel.
Friday evening - meal not included.
Saturday lunch - Two course conference lunch provided in The Novotel included in Conference cost.
Saturday evening - Conference Dinner 7.30pm. The Novotel. Cost £35pp, please bring some money and your NHS id card to purchase drinks - NHS workers have a 20% discount at the bar !
Coffee/Tea provided during the day.
Sunday morning - Coffee/Tea included
2022 BLMA AGM & Conference Programme
Saturday 4th November, The Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village
08.30 - 09.00 Coffee & Registration
09.00 - 09.50 Annual General Meeting of BLMA (all members welcome)
10.00- 10.20 Prayers, Welcome, introductions
10.20 - 10.30 Liverpool Diocesan Pilgrimage 100 years of answering the call of Our Lady
10.30 - 10.50 Tea / Coffee
10.50- 11.50 Feedback from 2023 Pilgrimage and themes from the Pilgrimage Forms
Jude Raper & David Knight
11.50 - 12.10 BLMA: Working Together
12.10 -13.10 Lunch.
13.10 - 13.40 Building and maintaining sustainable Pilgrimage Clinical Teams:
The role of Allied Health Professional, Pharmacists, trainees and retired
Scott Johnston and Kathryn Hewitt
13.40 - 14.40 Emergency Medical Humanitarian Assistance - Motives and Values
Professor Tony Redmond
14.40 - 15.00 Tea/Coffee
15.00 - 16.00 Answering the call of Our Lady as a Clinical Team
16.00 - 16.30 Kindness & Compassion in Clinical Practice
Monica Doyle (via zoom)
17.00 VIGIL MASS - Liverpool Cathedral
19.30 Conference Dinner.
Sunday 5th November, The Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village
08.45 - 9.15 BLMA Council Meeting
09.30 Morning Prayers
09.40 - 10.50 Workshop: Mindfulness, Prayer & the still small voice
Steve Noone and Liz Lord
10.50 - 11.10 Tea/Coffee
11.10 -11.30 Panel Discussion -
11.30 - 12.15 Open discussion and messages to bring to the Director's Conference
Kim O'Connor, Paula Mitchell & Hamilton Grantham
1215 - 1230 Discussion & Closing Prayer (Conference Close 12:30)
Costs per person:
Full Conference £100*
Saturday only £70*
Sunday only £35
Conference Dinner £35 in addition to the above please
Delegates will be expected to book their own accommodation with the Novotel or elsewhere if they would prefer.
Payment for the Conference includes 12 months membership of the BLMA.
*As per the AGM in 2021, Annual Memberships now run from November to November, and all standing orders/direct debits outside of November should have been stopped in accordance with this. Those who have a November standing order/direct debit should take £25 off the cost above. Standing orders/direct debits received not in November will be viewed as charitable donations to BLMA.
Please pay by bank transfer to Lourdes Medical Association account number: 20590568. Sort Code: 20-84-13 adding your name as the reference