When: 22-24 April 2016
Where: Yarnfield Park, Stone, Staffordshire
Time: Registration from 17.00
Hosted by: CMF
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* Please note that the retired rate is for doctors who have retired on substantially less than the NHS pension.
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The church today - in particular the Western church - is engulfed in extraordinary confusion. It's a confusion about how we understand the nature of the gospel. Is it a personal decision to accept Christ into one's heart? Is it trying to live by the two great commandments, loving God and neighbour? Is it applying 'kingdom ethics'? All three of these actually miss the mark.
All this has a knock on effect for Christian doctors and nurses and we seek to be faithful to Christ in a world characterised by broken relationships, burgeoning physical and spiritual need and increasing hostility to Christian faith and values. What is crucially important? What does real faithfulness to Christ look like in our workplaces and communities? What should our priorities be? What principles should we apply in choosing how to expend our resources, energy and time?
In 1 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul guides a young church back to first principles: 'I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received.' (1 Corinthians 15:3). He's referring to what is primary to the Christian faith. In three talks we will try to gain more clarity as to what the gospel is. Then we will reflect on how this applies in our lives and relationships.
We pray you will be encouraged to live out your faith and bear witness to Christ with renewed confidence and commitment.
The National Conference brings together members at all stages of their career. There are separate seminar tracks for:
*this track is by invitation only.
Families with children welcome - come and join us for a great weekend together!
A team from YWAM England led by Andy Kennedy will be running our children and youth programmes. Games, creative prayer and worship, magic tricks, wide games, mess and fun, sports, circus skills and giant bubbles. Come dressed for action and maximum fun.
Don Carson is an evangelical New Testament scholar and is currently Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has a BSc in Chemistry from McGill University, an MDiv from Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto, and a PhD in Doctoral New Testament from Cambridge University.
He is a respected preacher and has written or edited more than 45 books, including commentaries on books of the Bible, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Gospel of John. He has also written books on prayer, suffering, free will and predestination.
Andrew Tomkins is Emeritus Professor of International Child Health at the Institute of Global Health, University College London. He has spent many years in Nigeria and the Gambia doing research in child health and now works with Tearfund on a number of projects.
Mohan is a GP in Harrow and an Anglican minister.
What challenges have you faced with colleagues who seem difficult? What sorts of work relationships have driven you (almost) mad on occasion? In what ways have you struggled? are there any answers or should we put up with everything, particularly as Christian doctors? How are we supposed to do this in the pressurised environment we work in?
This session aims to provide a God-focused and systematic approach to dealing with challenging relationships in the workplace. Jesus had his fair share of challenging people to deal with. What can we learn from him?
The session will help you develop increased insight, knowledge and skills in an area that is often treated either insensitively ('shape up or ship out') or simplistically ('go on a compassion course'). As Christian doctors we do have an answer, but it may be more subtle than we think.
Stefan is a general adult consultant psychiatrist in the NHS in Winchester, Hammpshire. He is advisor to the Wessex Deanery, where he contributes to a programme to support doctors with challenges in workplace relationships. He is also a trust lead for Undergraduate Faculty Development, CPD and Adult Safeguarding (Medical).
The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world and relies heavily on a workforce from across the globe. Large numbers of doctors from Asia and Africa arrived in the UK in the 1950s while the formation of the EU has meant increasing numbers of doctors who trained in Europe (outside Britain) also work in the NHS. Similarly the nursing profession has relied on recruitment from Ireland, the Caribbean and more recently the Philippines, India, Southern Africa, Spain and Portugal. Communication issues are often not addressed and staff are expected to “get on with it.” Poor communication between staff due to cultural misunderstanding is underrated as a source of stress in the workplace.
Patients from other cultures may find challenges in accessing healthcare. Female patients from Islamic and certain Asian cultures may find being treated by male staff difficult. If we are to be effective in our work and witness we need to understand some of these cultural nuances. This seminar will aim to discuss some of these issues in a biblical context, in an attempt to help Christians be more effective in the workplace.
Nirmalan is a consultant in general medicine and clinical pharmacology, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.
In the last twelve months, the CMF Public Policy team posted 65 blogs on topical ethical issues. Almost every day there is a challenging issue on health related matters being discussed in the Courts, in Parliament, in the media or facing us in our own daily lives and communities. Yet it is often hard to know what an ethical and compassionate response should involve and what the Christian response should be.
These challenges are further compounded when the issues are new to us, and to society. What do we make of new gene editing techniques? Of robotics in health care? Of the latest pre-natal tests? Of artificial gametes? Of sex-change therapies? human enhancement? Or of alternative families? And can we draw a line between good medicine, good science, and mere meddling?
It can be difficult to get a grasp of what is happening in these areas, and to think through new bioethical issues from a biblical perspective. In this seminar I will take three topics in the news, and/or Parliament, in order to explore and discuss in greater depth some of the broader issues that new bioethics issues raise, and their impact on us from a Christian and medical perspective.
Philippa is CMF head of public policy.
Throughout the Bible, God is reflected as a God of justice and compassion. As God's people, we are to reflect his character. As we look at our world, we see that 99% of all maternal deaths, 98% of all child deaths and 80% of all AIDS deaths occur in the developing world, yet this is the place where resources and workers are fewest. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 3% of the world's health workforce cares for 10% of the world's population, bearing 24% of the global disease burden - with less than 1% of the global health expenditure. Most countries are training doctors these days, but the need far outstrips the resources - the International Labour Organisation estimates that 10.3 million more health workers are needed worldwide. So there is plenty of scope for extra help!
This seminar will look at some of the diferent ways to get involved - going, giving, praying, partnering, teaching, training and more. We will think through the practicalities of going overseas as well as the pros and cons of short-term visits from the UK. In our discussions we'll be focussing on how we can serve as Jesus did, reflecting God's heart for the poor.
Vicky Lavy is CMF head of international ministries.
Cynicism is so prevalent that we may fail to recognise it. It has ample fuel through the media and through life and has corrosive effects upon ourselves and those around us. Tragically, practice once again makes perfect. We will think through how we recognise and understand it, and contrast it with naivety, realism and scepticism.
When we have decided that we do not want to be cynical we will consider how we can start to deal with it. Jesus had ample reason and opportunity to be cynical but rather was an extraordinary affirmer. This may be the key to replacing the poison of cynicism with the fruit of affirmation in our lives. This seminar is a chance to think through cynicism and discuss how we might follow the example of Jesus Christ in preparation for seeing him and becoming like him.
John has been a GP in St. Helens, Lancashire, since 1987. He is an Anglican lay reader and especially interested in professional role models. He is writing a book, 'Jesus, a remarkable role model' and is always keen to receive examples of how role models have helped us.
Mark is a prison GP in Yorkshire.
This week more people will walk through the doors of hospitals than through the doors of churches. In the United Kingdom, only 4% of the population will walk through the doors of a church this year whereas 98% of that same population will visit a healthcare facility of some kind. God had given the Christian healthcare workers of the world a unique opportunity to meet patients at their point of need with the Good News of Jesus.
Come and explore how to be a witness for Christ with permission, sensitivity, and respect.
Stephanie is a CMF associate staffworker, Midlands and a GP in Sparkhill, Birmingham.
Alex is CMF associate head of student ministries (field) and a GP in London.
Your first pay cheque may have come as a relief after years as a student, but soon our earnings bring responsibilities and may raise more questions than they answer. As our salary increases over the junior doctor years, the questions stack up. How much can I spend? How much should I give? How much should I save? What am I saving for? Can I afford a new car? Should I afford a new car?
Are we even asking the right questions?
Using the Bible to establish some principles and priorities which seek to honour God, we will try to begin asking better questions and suggest practical pointers, so that one day we may hear an echo of Jesus' words 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master' (Matthew 25:21).
Matt and Clare are GPs in Leicester.
Honouring God in our workplace includes how we respond to critical comments we may receive both informally and formally. This seminar will aim to take a broad look at the principles of handling criticism or complaints in our work, be it from colleagues, other staff, patients or their relatives or even ourselves! There will be opportunity to discuss, within this context, some specific examples participants may wish to bring (anonymised or otherwise).
Naomi Beer is a GP in London.
A seminar looking at practical ways of outreach in the workplace. Drawing on previous experience and looking at key biblical texts:
Join us to explore some of thiese issues and see how the love of Christ can keep us joyful at work and passionate about sharing him with others.
Matt and Michelle moved to Essex in August 2015 to support rural ministry to the West of Chelmsford in the Easters and the Rodings. They married in October 2014 and have a five-month-old daughter called Florence who is a delight. Michelle is currently on materity leave. Matt works part time for the local church and helps lead services and preach. Matt previoiusly trained at Cornhill part time.
Both Matt and Michelle have a passion for evangelism and have co-led several outreach courses together at church and work. Whilst at St. Thomas', London, they led the weekly prayer group and helped organise outreach events including the carol services. Michelle has lots of experience at leading Christianity Explored courses whilst at St. Helen's Bishopsgate.
What qualities would you look for in a nurse caring for a member of your family?
What priority do love, joy, peace, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control have in our nursing care? How do they relate to our work, and fit alongside things like clinical expertise and professional competence? How do we exercise these Christian virtues under pressure, or when dealing with testing patients, colleagues, or conditions?
This seminar is a chance to catch a vision for how our nursing could look when Jesus and the fruits of His spirit are invited into it. How our own lives could be transformed as we think through areas of strength and weakness, and how we might better cultivate these fruits in our personal and working lives.
An interactive session with practical aspects and a chance to pray, reflect and be freshly filled with His wonderful and enabling Spirit.
Steve is CMF Head of Nursing and Pippa is CMF nurses student staffworker.
Steve is CMF head of nursing.
Inequalities in healthcare and health status between and within countries are well documented as are their social, economic, and political determinants. There has been less clarity about which interventions could improve access to healthcare services for the excluded. A biblical worldview contributes considerable additional understanding about the nature of exclusion and provides some principles for action. However there has been uncertainty about the role for doctors and other health professionals wishing to reduce inequalities in low and middle income countries (LMICs), in terms of 'who can do what' to make a difference. Intensive clinical and public health interventions by dedicated practitioners are important but may not be enough. There is increasing evidence that advocacy and social development programmes, supported strongly by health professionals, also make a difference. There are now many new opportunities for clinical work, research and training with LMICs for a wide range of health professionals, including those in church based programmes. Every Christian doctor and health professional can now develop their 'Personal Action Plan' in order to contribute to the reduction of global health inequalities.