BSCAH National

BSCAH National Conference 2019 - Integrating hypnosis into primary and secondary care

When: 07/06/2019

West Suffolk Hospital Education Centre
Hardwick Lane
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 2QZ


About the training:

BSCAH National Conference 2019

Friday 7th, Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June 2019

I think you will agree that this years Conference has something for everyone! This year we have tried our very best to bring together many different applications for clinical hypnosis.

Please note that the term ‘member’ refers to members of BSCAH, BSMDH (Scotland), RSM and ESH.

This Conference is only available to Healthcare Professionals. To check your eligibility or for any other queries please contact Hilary Walker

Friday 7th June          Pre-Conference / Introduction to Hypnosis Course

                          9.00                             Registration

9.30                             What is hypnosis? Brief outline of theories, altered state, hemispheric model  etc. and hypnotic phenomena

                         10.30                           Why use hypnosis clinically? Utilising the hypnotic phenomena -applications in clinical practice.

                          11.00                           Coffee break

                          11.30                           Inducing hypnosis, methodology, use of language, building rapport, demonstrations and short practical session using scripts

                          13.00 - 13.45               Lunch

                          13.45                           General considerations, patient selection, patient safety, consent etc

                          14.15                           Hypnosis for anxiety and medical procedures

                          15.00                           Practical session special place/relaxation using script

                          15.30                           Coffee break

                          15.50                           Hypnosis for therapy

                          16.45                           Discussion & close

                         Faculty:                       Les Brann, Peter Naish, Cathryn Woodward, Mark Chambers, Eamonn Coveney

                      6.00 - 7.30                   Tour of Green King Brewery

Greene King is a leading UK brewer and pub company that has been based in Bury St Edmunds for over 200 years. A brewery tour is available on Friday evening starting 6.00. Visitors are taken on a guided tour of this historic working brewery where many of the nations favourite ales are made. This 90 minute tour includes a visit to the roof top for a panoramic view of this market town and finishes with a tutored beer tasting in the Beer Cafe Cost : £18

Saturday 8th June      Conference Day 1

                      8.30 – 9.00                  Registration

                                 9.00                             Opening Remarks - Stephen Dunn Chief Executive West Suffolk Hospital

                                 9.10                             Research Papers

                                          Hypnosis in endoscopy                                                                             Ming Ho

                                                                    Can we switch off hot flushes?                                                          Eamonn Coveney

                                                                   Relaxation & Guided imagery in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome            John Barry

                                                                   Bringing hypnosis to the radiology suite                                               Milton Vouros

                                10.30                           Coffee Break

                                10.50                           Managing Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders and the role for Hypnotherapy
                                                                    Professor Peter Whorwell, Consultant Gastroenterologist

                                12.30                           Lunch

                                 1.30                             Hypnobirthing : Experience from Colchester Hospital
                                                                    Suzanne Connolly, Midwife & Hypnobirther Practitioner                           

                                 2.20                             Hypnosis for relief of breathlessness - Sara Booth, Consultant in Palliative Care

                                 3.15                             Coffee Break

                                 3.45                             Hypnosis in a Neurology Outpatients : Headache and Non Epileptic Seizure
Paul Molyneux, Consultant Neurologist

                                 4.30                             Annual General Meeting                               

                                 5.00                             Finish

                                  7.30                             Conference dinner & disco, The Athenaeum


The conference dinner will be held at the Athenaeum on Saturday 8th June at 7.30. There will be a full bar and dinner will be followed by a disco.

Cost: £40

Sunday 9th June        Conference Day 2

                            8.30 – 9.00                  Registration

                                      9.00                   Hypnotherapy in Functional Neurological Disorders - Jason Price, Consultant Neuropsychologist

                                    10.00                    Everything you wanted to know about sleep but were too sleepy to ask - Dr Neil Stanley, Sleep Specialist

                                     11.00                   Coffee Break

                                     11.30                    Everything you wanted to know about sleep but were too sleepy to ask - Dr Neil Stanley, Sleep Specialist

                                    12.30                    Lunch

                                     1.30                      When sleep hygiene is not enough : Hypnotherapy for Insomnia - Les Brann, Retired GP

                                     2.15                       Recent developments in our understanding of hypnosis

                                                                   Peter Naish, Professor of Psychology, Open University

                                     3.00                       Coffee Break

                                     3.30                      Have you got a minute? Conversational hypnosis in GP practice - Mark Chambers, Retired GP

                                     4.15                      Hypnosis as an adjunct to Interventional surgical procedures - 
                                                                  Suzi Leacock, Clinical Practitioner, Nuffield Hospital Ipswich

                                     5.00                      Finish

Conference costs  Lunch, tea & coffee is included.

Members: £50 for Friday, £150 for Saturday and Sunday. 

Non members: £100 for Friday, £250 for Saturday & Sunday

Get the discounted rate by joining BSCAH at the same time as booking the conference.

Please register your interest by emailing Hilary Walker at

Please advise if you are a member or wish to become a member. Booking is not available online.


DRAGONFLY HOTEL Adjacent to A14 /short drive to hospital Symonds Road, Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP32 7DZ Phone : 01284 760884 Conference Room Rates : £185/ 2 nights bed & breakfast 10% reduction when quotes SURYA 10 BEST

WESTERN PRIORY HOTEL Tollgate, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 6EH, United Kingdom Phone : 01284 766181 Conference Room Rates : £185/ 2 nights bed & breakfast

PREMIER INN  Bury St Edmunds Town Centre, Raingate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. IP33 2AR. Phone: 0871 527 9512 Bed & breakfast rates for 2 nights for 2 persons: £184.50

WEST SUFFOLK HOSPITAL ACCOMMODATION Rooms are available in the new student accommodation building /rooms include en suite shower. £48/night Booking arranged by contacting the hospital accommodation services via and quoting BSCAH

There are a range of other hotels and B&Bs in Bury St Edmunds available online


For enquiries please contact Hilary Walker: