After a two year break we are pleased to announce that the BMC/BMMS Mountain Medicine Weekend will be returning in 2022.
With the easing of Covid restrictions the British Mountaineering Council and British Mountain Medicine Society are again combining to offer a weekend of Mountain Medicine Workshops on the 11th and 12th June.
Led by experienced mountain medicine doctors and paramedics, the weekend will consist of a series of one hour workshops.
Subjects likely to be covered will include:
Assessment of the sick or injured patient in remote areas (Primary Survey).
Frostbite and cold injuries
Hyperthermia and heat exhaustion
Enjoying the hills with co-existing medical conditions
High altitude illness
Use of a hyperbaric (“Gamow”) bag for altitude illness.
Medical kits for UK hill days or major expeditions.
Hand Injuries in rockclimbers
Nutrition in the hills
Splinting and dressings
If there are more specialised topic you want to hear about we can normally find you an expert in our team. We can offer a more personal one to one ask the doctor session.
Workshops will run several times over the weekend for groups of 6-9 people and will be geared to the knowledge needs of the groups, who will be allocated on the day. We hope to see interested recreational climbers and hillwalkers, mountain leaders, instructors, guides and those planning trips abroad and in the UK.
This is a social as well as an educational event so have a chat to the experts over a beer and BMC BBQ on Saturday evening.
CPD points available from the BMGs, BAIML and the Mountain Training Association (MTA).
To find out more about this event, please read the 2019 report below.
On Monday 13th June BMC and BMMS will also be hosting a day dedicated to the role hill walking can play in maintaining good mental health. Through a series of short talks, workshops and a walk in the beautiful Peak District, we’ll hear about what’s going on in the UK today.
The day will end with a talk from the author Jake Tyler, who’ll describe how walking more than 3000 miles around the UK lifted him out of a life threatening episode of depression.
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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Are you looking to learn new skills, coach or take people climbing, mountaineering or hill walking? The BMC host a wide range of courses, lectures and workshops that could suit your needs.
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