New IHBC application support offers free ‘Virtual MATE’ sessions: General booking open – targeted group sessions to come

As in-person IHBC membership support events – our free Membership Application Training Events (MATE) sessions – were cancelled due to the pandemic, the IHBC has now opened booking for a series of online ‘Virtual MATE’ sessions geared to general practitioners, with more to come for priority groups and networks such IHBC Branches and partner bodies.

Ramona Usher, who leads the Virtual MATEs, said: ‘The pilot ‘Virtual MATE’ in May was well received by participants, and we used their feedback to enhance the way these next ones will be delivered.  Now a series of dates for general interests applicants are available across September, October and November, and more will be added.’

‘But if you want more specific support from us for your application – to draw out regional issues or practice trends for example – be sure to target the MATE that best suits your needs by checking with your Branch or getting in touch with me.  And remember too, that numbers to all MATEs are strictly limited.’

‘While these first sessions are open to all as part of our charitable support for the sector, we are also targeting special interests groups and areas, from IHBC Branches to priority service providers and stakeholder bodies.  For example, already arrangements are in place to accommodate our Antipodean members, as we will host a Virtual MATE geared to their needs in a later evening slot on 30 September.’

‘Also, we are working with branches to develop ‘in-Branch’ MATEs.  The South East Branch now will be the first to host one, on 14 September. Other branches are invited to host their own in-branch MATE too, but for now please contact me for further information at’

The IHBC writes:

You are invited to attend an online IHBC Membership Application Training Event (MATE). This will last approximately 3 hours. This MATE will be led by Ramona Usher and Fiona Newton.

How will the online MATE work?

  • The format is similar to the familiar in person MATE, helping you to understand the IHBc Application process and how best to complete your application.
  • The MATE will be delivered through GoToMeeting. Log in details will be provided closer to the event. GoTo Meeting is similar to many meeting platforms you may already be familiar with
  • All delegates will be encouraged to raise issues specific to their experience and application.
  • All online discussions are without prejudice to any future application.
  • A good internet connection is required.
  • All preparation and event hours qualify as IHBC CPD hours.

What will I need to do in advance?
As an online event, it requires more advance preparation and more discipline than a physical event.  You will be required to prepare and supply in advance of the event:

  • A brief CV or link to an online profile, such as on Linkedin (if you have not already supplied this)
  • An example of work that you might use in your application. Text, drawing or photo at the equivalent of A4. The work should illustrate a significant part of any of the four Areas Of Competence, or their underpinning competences, as described in the application forms or online. This is required so you are able to effectively describe the example to MATE delegates, outlining how it may represent your conservation skills, knowledge, and/or experience during the competence surgery discussions in the MATE session.

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Please contact Ramona Usher for further information

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