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Just two and half years after launch, the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society today reports over 300 members as it prepares to launch a series of in-person events for 2022.

Over 300 clinicians, including specialist consultants in a wide range of specialisms, GPs, nurses and allied health professionals, are now active members of the Society, sharing best practice, learning from each other, and accessing regular expert support.

In 2022, the Executive Committee is holding five in-person events – in Manchester on Thursday 12th May, in Belfast on 1st June, and in Edinburgh, Cardiff and London before the end of the year.

Medical Cannabis: Everything You Need to Know is described as a practical introduction to medical cannabis and CBD.

Open to clinicians, medical students, scientists, researchers, professionals and patients curious about medical cannabis and the current state of prescribing, evidence and availability in the UK, the evening events take place from 6:30pm for two hours, with networking and a panel Q&A for attendees following the speakers.

Prescribing doctors from the Society’s Executive Committee will be joined at each event by Chair, Professor Mike Barnes, by medical cannabis patients and by Sativa Learning’s Ryan McCreanor and Volteface’s Katya Kowalski who will present education opportunities and research insights.

The first event takes place at The Midland Hotel in Manchester at 6:30pm on Thursday 12 May.

Dr Niraj Singh, Consultant Psychiatrist from The Medical Cannabis Clinics and Executive Committee member of The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society will share his experience of becoming a medical cannabis prescriber. Prof. Mike Barnes will explore the history and evidence for medical cannabis. Medical cannabis patient Emdad Khan will also join the event. 

 

Professor Mike Barnes, Chair of the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society said:

“The growth we have seen in our membership over the last 2.5 years demonstrates the appetite the UK’s clinicians have to learn about this life-changing medication.

With significant restrictions meaning that only Specialist Consultants can prescribe, little to no cannabis education for medical students, and the fact that medical cannabis is only available via privately prescribing doctors, the number of clinicians choosing to educate themselves and access support via the Society should be noted by leaders in the health service and in Government.

Our programme of events, which will see us visit Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London this year, and Liverpool, Newcastle, Bristol, Birmingham and Dublin in 2023, are a fantastic opportunity for clinicians and medical students particularly to learn the facts about this treatment and practical steps to prescribing.”

Hannah Deacon, Executive Director of the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society, said:

The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society believes that everyone who could benefit from medical cannabis should have access to it. Our mission is to give clinicians access to evidence, training, expert guidance, peer support and licensed product information so they can prescribe life-changing medical cannabis treatments to all patients in the UK, on the NHS.

The Society is an expert-led, independent, not-for-profit community, dedicated to bringing this safe, legal and effective medicine to people living with chronic conditions.”

 

Medical cannabis training for UK doctorsExclusively for members of The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society, every two months doctors and medical students have the opportunity to attend a half-day, live and interactive Zoom training session with Professor Mike Barnes.

Medical Cannabis Explained: everything you need to know to become a confident prescriber

The three-hour interactive medical cannabis training session for UK doctors covers:

Through the Society, members can already access training programmes which can be completed at your own pace, as well as a range of resources which cover the process of becoming a prescriber, products and frequently asked questions. With the launch of live training sessions in 2021, for the first time, members can book a live training session, sharing questions in advance.

To book your place, please visit Eventbrite and select your chosen date. Please add your full name and email address.

If you are not a member of the Society but wish to access the training, you can join the Society here. When your membership is confirmed, you will be able to book your place. Your booking will be cancelled and refunded if you are not a Society member.

The first MCCS and Drug Science roadshow took place in Birmingham on 27 February 2020.

Dr Leon Barron, Dr Elie Okirie, David Badcock (Drug Science) Hannah Deacon hosted the event which was attended by clinicians, medical students and those on placements, professionals from the pharmaceutical industry and other sector organisations. Over 50 attendees joined us at the event, which took place at The Medical School at The University of Birmingham. 

Dr Leon Barron presented an overview of medical cannabis – its history and evidence, as well as the role of the GP. Dr Elie Okirie talked about his route to becoming a prescriber, and presented a case study of a patient receiving medical cannabis treatment in the Midlands. Hannah Deacon talked about her experience as a patient advocate and her journey to change the law for her son, Alfie, and David Badcock introduced Project Twenty21.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing further dates for Leeds, Brighton, Liverpool, Newcastle and Bristol. Attendance at our roadshow events is just £10, and it’s free for Society and Drug Science members.

Thanks to the GP Society at The University of Birmingham for hosting us.

The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society and Drug Science are on tour from February 2020, bringing medical cannabis education and practical guidance to audiences across the UK.

Clinicians, medical students, scientists, researchers, professionals and patients curious about medical cannabis and the current state of prescribing, evidence and availability in the UK are welcome to join us at this practical introduction to medical cannabis and CBD.

As well as gaining an overview of the history and evidence of medical cannabis and CBD, you’ll hear from doctors currently prescribing this treatment, from scientists and researchers dedicated to creating the largest body of evidence for the effectiveness of medical cannabis in Europe and from medical cannabis patients currently being prescribed the treatment.

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With our first event taking place in Birmingham on 27 February, we’ll also be visiting Liverpool in March with dates still to confirm in Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Northampton and Sheffield.

Speakers include:

Society Executive Committee members:

Drug Science

Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society and Drug Science Community Members attend for free

Clinicians who sign up to become members of The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society at the event will receive £10 off the usual £90 per year membership fee – making attendance at this event free of charge.

All Drug Science Community Members are invited free of charge. Our Community are our regular donors who commit £10 or more a month, and who play a critical role in helping us achieve our mission. To join, community, please see further details here. Once you become a member, you will be emailed your personal access code to attend this event.

If you are a member of either group, please contact us for your free access code.

Join the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society at this exciting conference for clinicians interested in becoming prescribers and for sector professionals and others interested in the growth of access and the reality of medical cannabis in the UK today.

At Medical Cannabis in Practice: Prescribing, practicalities and the patient experience, you’ll learn from those at the heart of this new industry – from licensed producers working to grow and develop treatments, those working to import and ensure access through our pharmacies, and from doctors prescribing life-changing treatments.

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Speakers will include Tonia Antoniazzi MPProf. Roger G Pertwee, Chair, Prof. Mike Barnes, Vice-Chair, Dr Dani Gordon and MCCS Committee Members Dr Leon Barron, GP, Dr Liz Iveson, Consultant Complex Care Physician, Dr Rebbeca Moore, Psychiatrist and Hannah Deacon, Executive Director and Patient Advocate.

With further speakers from across the medical cannabis sector soon to be announced, buy your tickets today and secure your place at this not-to-be missed event.

Interested in joining The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society?

Membership is open to clinicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals interested in medical cannabis treatments. With peer support, training, evidence and exclusive discounts to events and conferences, find out more and join today by emailing [email protected].

You can also sign up during the event.

Chair Prof Mike Barnes, Vice-Chair, Dr Dani Gordon & Committee Member, GP Dr Leon Barron join Dr Christian Jessen & Dr Callie Seaman on The Medical Panel this weekend.

On Saturday 14 September from 12:45pm, the panel will take to the Business Pro Stage to explore medical cannabis in the UK today.

Find out more and book your place here: www.hempandcbdexpo.co.uk/buy-tickets 

Interested in joining The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society?

Membership is open to clinicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals interested in medical cannabis treatments. With peer support, training, evidence and exclusive discounts to events and conferences, find out more and join today by emailing [email protected].

The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society Executive Committee can often be found speaking at conferences all over the world. Find out where to find them.

Upcoming conferences

14 September 2019, Birmingham
The Hemp & CBD Expo
Speaking: Professor Mike Barnes, Dr Dani Gordon, Dr Leon Barron

21 September 2019, University of Limerick
Medical Cannabis Symposium
Speaking: Professor Mike Barnes

4-5 November 2019, Malta
Medical Cannabis World Summit
Speaking: Professor Mike Barnes & Hannah Deacon

13 November 2019, London
Medical Cannabis: Prescribing, practicalities and the patient experience
Speaking: All committee members plus special guests

28 November, Bristol
Bristol Medical Cannabis Conference
Speaking: Professor Mike Barnes

26 November 2019, Leeds
CMSUK 2019 Conference & AGM ‘Creating Links & Breaking Boundaries’
Speaking: Professor Mike Barnes

4 December 2019, London
CannaBiz Innovation Hub 
Speaking: Professor Mike Barnes & Hannah Deacon

Join the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society at this exciting conference for clinicians interested in becoming prescribers and for sector professionals and others interested in the growth of access and the reality of medical cannabis in the UK today.

At Medical Cannabis in Practice: Prescribing, practicalities and the patient experience, you’ll learn from those at the heart of this new industry – from licensed producers working to grow and develop treatments, those working to import and ensure access through our pharmacies, and from doctors prescribing life-changing treatments.

Click to buy tickets now

Speakers will include Vice-Chair, Dr Dani Gordon, Executive Committee Members GP, Dr Leon Barron, Dr Liz Iveson, Consultant Physician specialising in complex care, Chair, Professor Mike Barnes and Executive Director and Patient Advocate, Hannah Deacon, plus many more to be announced.

With further speakers from across the medical cannabis sector soon to be announced, sign up for your early-bird tickets today and secure your place at this not-to-be missed event.

Interested in becoming a member?

Please email us with your contact details at [email protected] – we’ll be in touch in the next couple of weeks with joining instructions

MCCS members joining before November 2019 can purchase tickets at early-bird rate of £90. But – tickets are limited, so don’t miss out – get yours today!

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The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society’s mission is to provide clinicians with the education, evidence, expert support network and licensed product information they need to safely and confidently prescribe medical cannabis to patients in the UK.

At our informal event on Wednesday 26 June – during European Cannabis Week – licensed producers, investors and those interested in knowing more about the benefits of supporting our doctors are welcome to attend.

The event is your opportunity to meet pioneering specialist clinicians, the first to prescribe medical cannabis products in the UK.

Speakers Professor Mike Barnes, Chair, Dr Dani Gordon, Vice Chair and Hannah Deacon, Executive Director, will introduce the society’s plans for 2019 & beyond.

To find out more, sign up via Eventbrite by clicking here.

With your support, we’ll achieve our mission to provide clinicians with education, evidence, expert support & licenced product information

To stay up to date, please sign up to our mailing list here, or connect on LinkedIn or Twitter @ukmccs.