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Lectures and social events are held from October to June. The programme is varied and most meetings have an appeal for several specialities, and may be of sufficiently broad interest to attract non-medically qualified partners and friends.  The Institution is able to attract speakers of international renown. The programme includes endowed eponymous lectures and some joint meetings with specialist societies.


Programme: 184th Session, 2023-2024

President - Professor Calum Semple

The format for each evening is refreshments for members from 6pm, followed by a lecture at 7pm. If you are an LMI member, please email or call (0151) 709 9125 to book your place; non-members can book using the Eventbrite links below. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday 12th October: Professor Calum Semple OBE - Inaugural Lecture 
Title: Osler, Weber and Rendu, and The Liverpool Lifecourse Hereditary Haemorrhagic Telangiectasia Service.
CPD Relevance: Knowledge, Communication, Partnership and Teamwork.

Eventbrite booking link for non-members: Click Here

Wednesday 25th October: Professor Lucy Easthope
Title: When The Dust Settles: Reflections on a life in disaster.
bio: Lucy Easthope is the Professor in the Practice of Risk and Hazard at the University of Durham. She is a UK expert and adviser on emergency planning and disaster recovery. She is the author of the Sunday Times Bestseller When The Dust Settles, Stories of love, loss and hope from an expert in disaster.
CPD Relevance: Knowledge, Safety and quality, Communication, Partnership and Teamwork, Maintaining Trust.

Eventbrite booking link for non-members: Click Here

Wednesday 8th November: Dr Jeremy Sassoon 
Title: Medicine, music, my MOJO and me
Bio: Jeremy is a doctor, psychiatrist, musician, a singer, pianist and trumpeter. At the age of seven, Jeremy Sassoon was the youngest student at Britain's newly opened Royal Northern College of Music.  He is regularly booked into the top jazz venues in London and Europe, including notably The A Trane Jazz Club in Berlin, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Soho and The Boisdale Club in Canary Wharf. He has returned to the RNCM as a visiting lecturer on Music Of Jewish Origin, "his MOJO”. Jeremy will talk and play for us.
CPD Relevance: Skills and performance, Communication.

Eventbrite booking link for non-members: Click Here

Thursday 23rd November: Col. Neil Smith
Title: Nefarious use of Biological Agents
Bio: Colonel Neil Smith was Director of Army Veterinary and Remount Services, and ex Commander of Medical Group, 203 Field Hospital, and past President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He deployed to Sierra Leone for Operation Gritrock, The UK Defence Medical Services (DMS) contribution to the UK response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
CPD Relevance: Knowledge, Communication, Partnership and Teamwork, Maintaining Trust.

Eventbrite booking link for non-members: Click Here

Thursday 14th December: Dr Latifa Patel
Title: Saving our NHS: who will assemble?
Bio: Dr Latifa Patel is the representative body (RB) chair and equality lead at the British Medical Association. She was elected as deputy chair of RB in 2019 when she stood as the only woman and junior doctor. In 2021, whilst on maternity she was asked to step up into the chair role, due to the unplanned stepping down of her predecessor. She was formally elected as RB chair in 2022. Dr Patel is the first ethnic minority woman and first junior doctor to hold the post in the BMA’s almost 200 year history. Currently a ST7 paediatric respiratory trainee in the North West of England where she is based between Alder Hey Children's Hospital and Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. Her primary role is to enable the BMAs membership of more than 195,000 to input into the policies made during their Annual Representative Meeting of 633 representatives which she organises and chairs. She also has a seat on the World Medical Association Council and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change. Dr Patel's priorities are to improve access and representation within the BMA, particularly of those from minoritised and underrepresented groups.
CPD Relevance: Knowledge, Skills and Performance, Safety and Quality, Communication, Partnership and Teamwork, Maintaining Trust.

Eventbrite booking link for non-members: Click Here


Retired Members' Group Meeting, Tuesday 5th December 2023, 12pm
Talk followed by lunch

Speaker: Mr Reginald David Kingston OBE, FRCS - Retired general surgeon
The subject will be the international medical humanitarian organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Mr Kingston was awarded his OBE for his dedication to cancer services at Trafford General Hospital.


The meeting is open to all members of the Institution who are encouraged to bring guests. There is no need for guests to be medically qualified.  
A Delifonseca lunch of sandwiches, savoury snacks and tea & coffee will be available following the talk at approximately 1pm for those attendees who book at least a week in advance. The cost for this will be £15.00 per person and all payments should be made on the day by cash or card. You are most welcome to attend the free talk.
Parking is reserved for those who have mobility issues.  Please book your place in advance by emailing or phoning 0151 709 9125.


Symposium on Doctors’ Health - This event has been postponed, we will let you know the new date in due course 


The Merseyside Medical Benevolent Fund invite members and guests to attend an evening symposium entitled Doctors’ Health.

In the aftermath of the Covid pandemic, this is a critical time for our National Health Service with staff shortages, staff illness and increasing patient numbers. 


Title: Symposium on Doctors’ Health

Meeting: Thursday, 27th April 2023

Time: 6.30pm - Drinks and Canapés, 7.30pm – Meeting


The speakers include:

Dr C C Evans MD FRCP – Chair of Trustees of MMBF

Professor Hazel Scott MD FRCP – Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Liverpool

Dr Jenny Holmes MRC Psych - NHS Practitioner Health Programme

Professor David Oliver FRCP – Consultant Physician, Reading and Elected PRCP London


Please book your place via email:, or telephone (0151) 709 9125 if you would like to attend.  There is no charge.  Parking will be reserved for those with accessibility difficulties – please pre-book a place when you register your attendance.



MMBF Mission Statement:

To provide pastoral and financial care to doctors and their immediate families who are practising or have practiced in Merseyside


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