BMC/BMMS Mountain Medicine Weekend 2020

Posted by Mariella Sullivan on 05/02/2020

Join top doctors for a weekend of UK and high altitude first aid in Hathersage this June.

Now in its fifth year, the BMC/BMMS Mountain Medicine weekend offers climbers, hill walkers, mountaineers and skiers teaching in important skills to prevent, recognise and manage illness and injury in the mountains from experts in the field. 

Spend Saturday and/or Sunday (6-7 June) learning new skills through our programme of workshops and join us for a complementary BBQ and talk from top climber and podiatrist Gary Gibson on Saturday evening.

Click here to book onto the event

(Please log in/register to book. Bookings for this event close on 25/05/2020)

This is the fifth year that this weekend will be run in partnership with the British Mountain Medicine Society (BMMS). The BMMS is made up of doctors, paramedics and nurses who are active in the outdoor and expedition field. Many are holders of the UK UIAA/ICAR.ISMM Diploma of Mountain Medicine and it includes active rock climbers, hill walkers, winter climbers, alpinists, skiers, mountain bikers, mountain rescue team members, travel medicine experts, researchers and many with expedition experience up to 8000m. 

This event is approved for CPD by the British Mountain Guides.

Membership is open to anyone interested in mountain medicine and details of how to apply for membership will be available at the event.

This year’s event forms part of a larger Mountain Medicine Festival with sessions for lay climbers and professional medics with fee reductions for BMMS members. To find out more visit the BMMS website.

 

READ THE REPORT FROM THE 2019 EVENT BELOW

 

Timetable

Workshop Options

Sunday 'Question Time' Submissions

If you would like to submit a question in advance to our panel of Mountain Medicine experts, follow the link to our survey and fill out the comment box. 

 

Location

Registration will be at the Memorial Hall, Hathersage. Sessions will be run between a number of outdoor and indoor venues in and around Hathersage (all within c. 5-10 minutes walking distance from Memorial Hall). Some sessions are run outside and will be run outside regardless of the weather. Please be appropriately prepared with clothing and a flask if desired!

 

BBQ and Gary Gibson Talk

A complementary BBQ will be provided on Saturday evening at the Memorial Hall. This is your chance to chill out, ask any questions and discuss the day's activities.

This year we are lucky enough to be given the Saturday post BBQ talk by top climber (and Podiatrist) Gary Gibson.

 

Food, accommodation, travel and parking

Food and accommodation are not provided as part of the course. We'd like to encourage people to make use of local accommodation, pubs, etc.

There are several hotels, B&Bs and pubs in Hathersage itself, and the North Lees campsite is around 2 miles from Hathersage centre.

Please use public transport or car share wherever possible, as parking in Hathersage is limited (BlaBlaCar is linked or just post on the event facebook page!). We request that attendees do not park in the car park at Outside, as this is reserved for shop patrons.

 

Booking & Price

The cost of attending is £89 for a single day / £99 for the whole weekend.

There is a discount of £20 per person available for students and unwaged people (please send proof of status when booking).

Preparations for this event are still be finalised. To be notified when bookings open, please contact Mariella Sullivan.

Profits and donations will be split between BMC Expedition funding and the BMMS.

 

Please note

Places on BMC workshops are not guaranteed until payment has been received. Places are also limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

A certificate of attendance will be offered to all attendees, but no formal qualification will be given. 

Cancellations within 14 days of the course starting will not be eligible for a refund.

Cancellations 15-28 days prior to the course starting will get a 50% refund.

Cancellations more than 28 days prior to the course starting get a full refund.

If the course is cancelled by the BMC a full refund will be offered.

 

Click here to book onto the event

(Please log in/register to book. Bookings for this event close on 25/05/2020)

 

BMC/BMMS Mountain Medicine weekend 2019 report

This June saw 30 doctors, nurses and paramedics converge on Hathersage in the Peak District, to teach and share the latest knowledge about the practice of mountain medicine in the UK and abroad. BMC Honorary Medical advisor Dr David Hillebrandt reports:

With a high concentration of climbing doctors living and working in Hathersage it is not surprising that it is slowly becoming the Mountain Medicine capital of the UK. This is the fourth year that the BMC have combined with holders of the UK UIAA/ICAR/ISMM diploma of Mountain Medicine to offer two days of intensive workshops on all aspects of the subject in this welcoming town at the heart of the Peak district. Topics covered ranged from climber’s hand injuries on the gritstone to the management of altitude illness and frostbite at 8000m.

Doctors and paramedics from all over the country met up on the Friday for a course for professionals and then on Friday evening put the final touches to planning the layperson’s sessions in the pub. Last minute venue changes were made in view of the atrocious weather forecast but the BMC tent stood up to the elements and some sessions were run in the local scout hut and in the Methodist hall. The Outside shop hosted the registration area on the grass behind their shop and their café was used after the social beer and BBQ for a stunning presentation by Mick Fowler.

The course is open to people of all abilities and mountain interests but again several professional guides and instructors attended increasing the experience available to the groups. The British Mountain Guides, Association of Mountain Instructors, Mountain Training Association and British Association of International Mountain Leaders approved it for professional development. The emphasis is very much on sharing of knowledge and skills

60 delegates were educated and entertained in a variety of sessions with a combined ask the expert session in the hall resembling a gardener’s question time on radio four. Locals were amused to see groups dealing with an avalanche scenario in the long grass of a Derbyshire field or a mocked up car accident in the car park complete with gory makeup up to add realism. What has a car accident go to do with mountain medicine? Well how many miles do the mountaineering community drive every year to enjoy their sport? An essential skill which this year will hopefully not be used as people travel home.

BMC and BMMS t-shirts were in evidence on all sessions and it was good publicity for the newly formed British Mountain Medicine Society (BMMS). Membership is open to all with one membership level for the interested layperson and others for medical professionals. See the website for other events through the year but also put the date of 6 &7 June in your diary for 2020. We already have the halls booked in Hathersage and it will be part of an even longer Mountain Medicine Festival with sessions for lay climbers and professional medics with fee reductions for BMMS members.

Finally we must thank Suzanne in the BMC office for organising much of the logistics and all the bookings, Dr Raj Chatha for organising the course and volunteering to do this again in 2020, to the legendary Chris and Denzil team who keep most of the sessions running on time over a variety of locations heeding the masses, the medical teaching volunteers and, of course, the delegates who keep us on our toes with constant questioning.

 

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