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I can’t quite believe that it’s that time of the year again, the chocolates are eaten & I’m sitting with my lap-top in front of the fire, trying to persuade you all to book the next wonderful NCSO convention.
This year, we are going to a brand new venue The Crown Hotel in Harrogate (Crown Place, Harrogate HG1 2RZ) on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March. Katie and I had a good look around several hotels back in the summer and decided this one was a bit special and might be good for a change! Although it isn’t in ‘the country’ Harrogate is a lovely town to explore/shop & for family members to take full advantage of accompanying their osteopathic partners and join us in the evening for the dinner. There is an excellent train and bus service within walking distance of the hotel (about 10 minutes all downhill – a taxi will probably take the same amount of time because of the one way system!) but there is some limited (40 spaces) parking available, with plenty of pay and display (£10/24hour) car parks near the venue.
We have booked a number of rooms at the same price as the last 9 years (how long can this bargain last?) but, you will notice from your booking form that the price increases after Feb 16th to nearer what we should really be charging and remember you have to be a CURRENT MEMBER when you make your booking – that means you have to pay your bargain £10 subs before the end of January 2018. I am doing the bookings this year, so there will be no confusion over who is and isn’t a member! All information and both forms (membership and convention) are also available on the NCSO website, but we would appreciate if you could provide payment on 2 separate cheques (contact me directly if you want to pay by BACS).
The programme is looking exciting with a mix of old and new lecturers this year, Katie, John and I have tried to make it as interesting & varied as possible, and following the success of a ‘single lecturer’ last year we have handed Saturday morning over to Simeon Milton who is going to guide us through ‘head injuries’, with some practical tests to take back into our practices, whether we are ‘cranial’ or ‘structural’ I’m sure you will find his presentation very useful.
Maurice Cheng and Tim Walker hope to be with us on Saturday to give you a chance to ask/ discuss concerns about the profession, particularly in this year of great change.
As we did last year, there will only be trade stands on Saturday, but our good friends Sissel & Lamberts will be there & we hope to have representatives from Balens and Painless Practice so please do show your interest and support as their presence helps keep the price of the convention as low as possible for our members.
Remember the NCSO is your society and the aim is to make CPD not only affordable, but also enjoyable, it’s always great to catch up with old friends and to make new ones & I’d hate any of you to miss out on the fun (in another break from tradition the ‘entertainment’ will be before dinner !) and companionship.
It only leaves me to wish you and yours a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year and to look forward to seeing you all in March!
Convention Programme 2018
Convention 2018 – The Crown Hotel, Harrogate. Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March
8.30 – 8.50am Registration please arrive promptly so that we can be seated and start on time
8.50 – 9 Dorothy Griffiths Welcome and Introductions of Trade Delegates & Guests
9 -12.30 Simeon Milton ‘Head Injury ’ Simeon is an osteopath & president of OSCA and has a vast experience of identifying and treating head injury in sports men and women (particularly rugby! ) He is going to spend the morning lecturing and giving us practical techniques to assess and treat head injuries, with a bit of insight into his role at the Olympic Games.
10-11.15 Simeon Milton ‘Assessment of head injury’ Practical
11.15 – 11.45 Coffee Break a chance for you to catch up with friends and visit our ‘trade stands’
11.45 – 12.30 Simeon Milton ‘Role of the osteopath at the Olympic Games’
12.30 – 2pm LUNCH more gossip time but do remember the trade stands!
2 -3pm Gina Campbell ‘Looking after our financial health’ Gina is a new lecturer to the NCSO and is going to give us some advice on health insurance and pensions, something we often fail to sort out until we really need it!
3-3.30pm Tim Walker & Maurice Cheng with up to date GOsC & iO news including the new CPD requirements
3.30 -4pm Tea Break – another chance for you to look at the stands as they will not be here tomorrow!
4-5pm Ed Powell –Smith ‘New Advances in Hand Surgery’ Ed is another new lecturer who we’ve been trying to persuade to talk to us for some time.
5-5.45pm Nick Tofalos ‘The Endocannabinoid System & Cannabis Oil’ Nick is one of our members who has been researching and using the benefits of oil in his treatment programme.
7pm ‘ Entertainment’ (something a little different!) 8pm DINNER
9.00 -11.00 Carina Petter ‘Breathing- what’s it all about’ Carina is a ‘tried and tested’ lecturer who today is going to talk us through breathing and the use of the diaphragm with some practical intervention in her own unique style of teaching!
15 minutes for COFFEE and to check out of our rooms
11.15–12.45 Helena Bridge ‘the Tiger and the Waterfall’ Helena is an osteopath who has specialised in the drug-free management of headaches and migraine, and is going to talk us through safe screening/referring etc.
12.45-1.00 Dorothy Griffiths – closing remarks on what hopefully is another fab NCSO weekend
Past Conference Feedback
In my opinion another fantastic conference! An abundance of academic requirement we so hungrily desire sandwiched so very carefully together with a good smattering of humour. We are extremely lucky to have such a well organised society with such dedicated committee members.
As I believe myself to be one of the quieter society members I did on this occasion feel compelled to speak out…. Thank you so very much committee I, for one really appreciate what you do.
I concur with Kerry, I really enjoyed the conference and the lecture program was well thought out and actually much better than I expected. Well done to everyone involved and a huge thanks to Kathryn for my (very) late booking!
For the follow up to the gusset grippers lecture this is the You tube video link we were all giggling about at the dinner ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1IFDO7KHAE
A great day on the saturday, only wished I could have stayed for the whole weekend. A great blend of socialising, information, revision and entertainment opportunities. Thank you committee. I may have to take up knitting after Elaine’s inspiring education aid!