Over the last year, the BLMA has been developing a series of clinical competencies for use by doctors and nurses leading pilgrimages. These are in the form of a series of domains that can be matched against the needs of sick pilgrims, to help ensure that their needs can be met. At the recent BLMA conference, the delegates had the opportunity to review them, and the next stage is to pilot them in use in the 2017 season. Currently, Arundel and Brighton, Leeds, Lancaster and Birmingham pilgrimages will do so.

For more information about the competencies, see the section under Resources.