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The Somerville Foundation Annual Conference 2019 – Hearts & Minds

The Somerville Foundation

Saturday, 5 October 2019 from 09:00 to 17:30 (BST)

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Conference Ticket   more info 72 Tickets 20 Sep 2019 Free £0.00
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Workshop   more info 31 Tickets 20 Sep 2019 Free £0.00
Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop   more info 17 Tickets 20 Sep 2019 Free £0.00
Resilience Training Workshop   more info 11 Tickets 20 Sep 2019 Free £0.00
Art Therapy Workshop   more info 1 Ticket 20 Sep 2019 Free £0.00
Writing for Recovery   more info 4 Tickets 27 Sep 2019 Free £0.00
Car Parking   more info 98 Tickets 20 Sep 2019 £14.00 £1.43
Evening Meal 6pm Saturday 5th Oct   more info 11 Tickets 20 Sep 2019 £10.00 £1.19
Voluntary Donation to The Somerville Foundation. Suggested amount £35 to cover the cost of one delegate place   more info 147 Tickets 20 Sep 2019 Enter donation (£)
Evening Meal for Accompanying Guest   more info 10 Tickets 5 Oct 2019 £20.00 £1.79

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Hearts & Minds: Supporting the mental health of congenital heart patients

We very much hope that you will be able to join us for our Annual Conference which this year will be held in Liverpool. Our focus for this conference is on mental health and wellbeing. This year's agenda has been devised in collaboration with patients and we hope that you will agree that there is a varied and interesting programme planned for the day.


09.00 Coffee and registration

10.00 Welcome and introduction: Rob Nicoll, Chairman

10.15 Prof Jane Somerville

10.30 Dr Liza Morton (Title tbc)

11.00 Izzy’s Story: From panic attacks to open heart surgery to the BBC (working title)

11.30 Dr Petra Jenkins, Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital (Title tbc)

12.00 Lunch & exhibitions/ marketplace

13.00 Taster Sessions


Choose one from:

1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

2. Mindfulness & Meditation

3. Resilience Training

4. Writing for Recovery

5. Art Therapy


13.45 Jonathan Stretton Downes, Six Times Open (Title tbc)

14.15 Amy Smeaton (Title tbc)

14.45 Patient led table discussions

15.30 Feedback from table discussions (refreshments will be served)

16.30 Q & A session

17.15 Closing remarks and next steps

18.00 Patient meal (Crowne Plaza)

Booking your place 

When you are ready to book your place please also indicate your choice of workshop, evening meal and car parking through the ticket links below. Please choose only ONE workshop option per person. 

The conference is free of charge to attend, including refreshments throughout the day and lunch. The conference costs The Somerville Foundation £35 per person. If you are able to make a donation towards the cost of your place we would be very grateful for your support.

The deadline for booking conference places is Friday 20th September 2019. 

For those wishing to stay and socialise in the evening after the conference, you may pre-book a 2-course evening meal at £10.00 per person. Please choose both ‘Conference Admission’ and ‘Evening Meal’ at your time of booking and view the menu at the bottom of this page. Menu options must be chosen at time of booking and your options then sent to: (one option per course, per person).

We are happy to cater for whatever needs you may have. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or access needs by emailing If you are currently unwell please let us know how we can make arrangements to help you attend. 

We recommend that if you are travelling by train, coach or air you book as soon as possible as fares may be significantly cheaper if booked in advance.

Conference Location

The Crowne Plaza Liverpool is situated in the heart of the city centre, sitting adjacent to the iconic Royal Liver Building with stunning views of the River Mersey.



If you are travelling by car there is car parking available at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at a cost of £14 per car. There is a 25% discount on parking available to those who are staying at the hotel overnight. Please book a parking space and this discount will be refunded to you.

Liverpool Accommodation 

A limited number of hotel rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel are available for those attending the conference at the rate of £125 on Friday night and at the rate of £225 on Saturday night. (*We recommend that you check with the hotel that this is the cheapest rate available.) To book please call the in-house reservations team between 8am and 6pm on 0151 243 8000. The code when booking the bedrooms is TSF. 

There is a large range of alternative overnight accommodation close to where the conference is taking place. We recommend that you visit or


Grants are available in advance to help those struggling financially to attend. If you are living on benefits, working but on a low income, or have serious financial problems you should be eligible for a grant.
Financial support grant – for those on low wages, benefits or facing financial hardship. Let us know your circumstances and we will do our best to help.
Travel support grant – in addition to the above grant, we may be able to help new attendees to travel to the conference.
To apply for a grant – Please email in strict confidence with details of your circumstances or call Michelle at The Somerville Foundation office on 01473 252007.


18.00 Annual Dinner (pre-booked only)

MENU – 2 Courses for £20


Roast red pepper and tomato soup (V, GF, VE, L)

Salad of poached pear, Parma ham, stilton and walnut (GF)

Warm leek and haddock tart, saffron aioli, seasonal salad (V)


Chicken breast stuffed with chorizo, sage and onion, dauphinoise potato, sweet

potato puree (GF, L)

Pan fried fillet of salmon, sautéed potato, fennel, tomato salsa (V, GF, L)

Tortelloni formaggio, in a rich tomato sauce with basil pesto

Roasted vegetable polenta cake served with seasonal vegetables (V, GF, VE, L)


Vanilla crème brulee, lemon madeleines (V)

Sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream (V)

Cheese board, a selection of English and continental cheeses (V)

Fresh fruit salad (V, VE, GF, L)


The above dishes can be tailored to suit dietary requirements

V – Vegetarian
VE – Vegan
GF – Gluten Free
L – Lactose Free

Please send you menu choice to when you book your conference place. Thank you.


Do you have questions about The Somerville Foundation Annual Conference 2019 – Hearts & Minds? Contact The Somerville Foundation

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Crowne Plaza Liverpool City Centre
2 Saint Nicholas Place
L3 1QW Princes Dock
United Kingdom

Saturday, 5 October 2019 from 09:00 to 17:30 (BST)

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The Somerville Foundation

The Somerville Foundation works with patients born with a heart condition, providing practical and emotional support, and enabling them to take control of their lives and manage their own heart condition.

Registered charity in England and Wales. Registered charity number 1138088.

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