When: 28-30 April
Where: Yarnfield Park, Stone, Staffordshire
Time: 17:00 Friday - 14:00 Sunday
Hosted by: CMF
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Busy Christian healthcare professionals will often feel they struggle to pray. When Jesus' disciples asked for help, he gave them a beautifully simple but profoundly rich outline known as 'The Lord's Prayer'. He knew that when we struggle to pray, rather than bruising challenges or demanding techniques, we need a fresh appreciation of our God. As we explore his prayer, we will discover his gracious character and magnificent plans - and find our hearts lifted to delight in him so that we enjoy praying! This utterly extraordinary prayer is our great physician's remedy or anyone else who asks, as the disciples did, 'Lord - teach us to pray'.
The national conference brings together members at all stages of their career and includes seminar tracks aimed at:
*this track is by invitation only.
Families with children welcome - come and join us for a great weekend together!
Richard Coekin is the Director of Co-Mission and Senior Pastor of Dundonald Church. He is married to Sian, a GP, and they have five children (one of whom is a junior doctor). Richard has been involved in launching numerous churches and other ministries, such as the London Mens' and Womens' Conventions, the 9:38 Apprenticeship Scheme and A Passion for Life mission. He is also involved in a Bible ministry in Westminster.
Trevor Stammers is a Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Interim Director of the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies at St Mary's University in London. His research interests are in the ethics of organ donation and in genetic manipulation. Before becoming a lecturer, Trevor was a GP for 27 years. He is married with three adult children.
Relationships at work – whether with patients and their relatives, colleagues, allied professionals or health service managers – each of us have to negotiate the complexities of interacting with others in different roles. Our response in particular to those who by their behaviour ‘exasperate, defeat and overwhelm’ can tempt us to label them as fundamentally defective and neglect or dismiss them, treating them as less than human. For all our training and its emphasis on the cognitive, we remain (like our patients) fundamentally emotional creatures – and emotions drive behaviour. Join us for a light-hearted (but serious) exploration of our responses to other image-bearers in our workplace. We’ll consider where they come from, how they affect the consultation and other workplace interactions, and how we can serve while growing in emotional health.
Julian is CMF Graduate Staffworker for London and South East and a former GP trainer in South West London.
Derrett originally trained and worked as a GP before training in phychiatry; he has worked for the last 13 years as a Consultant in substance misuse in Staffordshire.
We will use the seminar to explore some of the current global health goals set by the international community, examining how we, as Christian healthcare professionals, can best make a difference in meeting them. We will look at ways in which your skills and experience could transform the provision of medical services as we seek together to make known the Kingdom of God.
Fi is CMF Head of International Ministries.
Almost every day there seems to be yet another challenging ethical 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. It can be challenging to keep up with so many new developments, let alone to understand and grasp the consequences for ourselves and others. Trying to work out what an ethical and compassionate response should involve and what a Christian response should be is not always easy. This seminar will explore several topics in the news, and/or Parliament, that are relevant to health professionals and consider their impact on us from a Christian and medical perspective.
Philippa is CMF Head of Public Policy.
Asylum seekers and refugees face extraordinary challenges, many of which strongly impact on their health. Caring for vulnerable migrants can be fascinating and life affirming, but also distressing and confusing. This seminar will look at refugees’ experiences, commonly encountered health problems and barriers to care in the UK. We will consider what our response should be as followers of Jesus and explore approaches to addressing some of the challenges and providing care with humility and hope.
Andy works as a GP in Bradford. He is the Medical Director of Bevan Healthcare, a social enterprise that provides primary healthcare to vulnerable groups including asylum seekers and homeless people. His practice serves a large number of Syrian and other refugees coming to the UK through managed migration programmes.
The transgender movement has exploded internationally in the last two to three years fuelled by celebrity endorsement and high level media and political support.
It raises profound challenges which are cultural, legal, medical, theological and pastoral.
What are its ideological and cultural roots?
How has it impacted medicine and law?
What is the difference between sex and gender and between transgender and intersex?
What do we know about the causes of gender dysphoria and how is it being managed?
What are the results of ‘treatment’? How is it impacting the church and what opportunities and threats does it bring?
How do we respond to the ideology and those involved both biblically and pastorally?
Peter is CMF Chief Executive.
Jonathan is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Gloucestershire.
The re-emergence of a credible scientific case for the design hypothesis challenges the unquestioning dominance of secular Darwinism and its professional arrogance. This seminar will consider the evidence for design in nature and its radical implications for Christian faith and witness.
David Galloway and Alastair Noble. David is the current President of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow and a recently retired consultant general surgeon. Alastair is a former HM Inspector of Schools in Scotland. Together they spearhead the Centre for Intelligent Design in the UK.
Many of us have sensed a vocational calling to work in healthcare and serve God in our work. However, we also have a God-given calling to embrace rest and recreation. As people made in the image of God, we are called to rest just as He did. However, in our increasingly frenetic world how do we move towards achieving a better work–life balance? There are no easy answers, but we will look together at what the Bible says and explore some practical suggestions.
Mohan is currently a GP in Harrow and curate in the Anglican Church. He is married with three children and he and his family have been involved in mission work in Sri Lanka with WEC International.
We aim to explore the joys and difficulties of walking with God and serving Him in the reality of work, marriage and children, and to look at how these sometimes pull us in different directions. Come to this seminar if you haven’t got a clue, but want to glorify God, look at and share biblical, practical and experiential models for living life in all its fullness!
Peter & Louisa have been married for 25 years and have four children. They both work in general practice in South Wales and between them are involved in commissioning, GP training, student teaching and the LMC.
At a public lecture exploring dementia and spirituality I was once asked ‘what happens when a person no longer knows God?’ The questioner was a son whose father, a Christian living with dementia, had recently said he no longer knew God. The son was distraught that his father, who had influenced his own faith, could no longer know or be known by God. This seminar will explore the theme of faithfulness and dementia, developing a theological framework to shape and deepen our understanding of the person with dementia and the nature of God in order to inform our practice in care and support for people with dementia and those around them.
Rob is Tutor and Director of St Mellitus College, Chelmsford. His academic focus is the study of ageing, including dementia, and has contributed to a number of conferences in the UK and overseas.
In with the boss or in with the juniors? Dynamic or gentle? Driving up standards or looking out for those who are struggling? Professional or personable? Pleasing God or pleasing others? As a registrar there are no end of competing demands and priorities. Let's look from God’s word at how he would want us to lead and submit, living out our Christian calling as we work in the middle.
David is finishing specialist training in renal medicine and is currently working in research and studying for a PhD. He lives with his wife, Abigail, and their three small children in East London, where they attend a local church.
The NHS can be a place of persistent challenge and our lives can become very busy very quickly; it can become difficult to find the time, energy or enthusiasm to tackle the issues that are not an integral or immediate aspect of our day to-day role. This seminar will discuss: the opportunities and challenges we face as medics when trying to drive positive change, applying what the Bible says about leadership to our roles as doctors and in the areas which we can reach, and how you can become a driver for positive change in your walk of life.
Melody is a paediatrics Academic Clinical Fellow in Sheffield. She has held many roles of leadership within the British Medical Association, both as a medical student and as a junior doctor. She writes regular columns for The Yorkshire Post and her interests include evidence-based medicine, medical education and training, and population health.
Steve is CMF Head of Nursing. He previously led a nursing team working in community palliative care and HIV/AIDS in London for several years.
Sue is former Dean for the School of Health at the University of Northampton, and helped the Nurses Christian Fellowship International develop their biblical leadership for nurses programme.
Steve Fouch is CMF Head of Nursing. He previously led a nursing team working in community palliative care and HIV/AIDS in London for several years.
Sue Allen is former Dean for the School of Health at the University of Northampton, and helped the Nurses Christian Fellowship International develop their biblical leadership for nurses programme.
Proteins that can cut DNA at a targeted location were first discovered in the 1960s, but it is in only in the current millennium that the ability developed to use them to make precise cuts at any point in the genome. The development of CRISPER-Cas9 from 2012 has been the real game changer and made genetic editing cheaper, faster and more accurate. This is only the beginning as even more efficient 'genetic scissors' are synthesised.
Genomic editing will lead to widespread advances ranging from livestock farming to biofuel production but biomedicine will see the most radical transformations. From genomic pharmaceuticals to modification of malaria-carrying mosquitos, from cell based therapies to xenotransplants and from designer babies to prevention to ageing, the advent of genome editing offers much therapeutic promise – but also potential peril.
The lecture will explore the current and future possibilities of genomic editing and allied techniques and offer a Christian ethical analysis of them within a framework of biblical theology.
The main conference centre forms the hub of Yarnfield Park with over 25 meeting and event spaces, a restaurant, Costa Coffee, bar and atrium. Yarnfield can accommodate up to 400 guests in 338 en-suite bedrooms. The restaurant can seat up to 600 people across two main floors and food is prepared fresh on site by their team, who have developed an excellent reputation for the quality and breadth of the food available. There is also a gym and leisure facilities including squash courts, sports hall and tennis courts.
The full postal address is: Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Yarnfield Lane, Yarnfield, Staffordshire. ST15 0NL.
See www.yarnfieldpark.com for full travel details. It is 15 minutes away from the M6 Junction 14/15, and has good rail links. The nearest airport is Birmingham. We will send details two weeks before the conference.
If you can bring a musical instrument with you to play at the conference, please indicate on the booking form. We will contact you with further details.
A bookstall will be available with literature for you to purchase.
There will be a children's programme. In addition, a crèche will be provided for children under three. Please indicate names and ages of your children on the booking form and any special needs/ additional information of which the team should be aware.
If you cancel your booking, payment will be returned less a £20 administration fee per adult. No refunds will be paid for cancellation less than one week before the conference unless in exceptional circumstances.
For more details, or enquiries, contact:
Ruth Haley. Tel: 020 7234 9660. Email email@example.com.