Dr Colville Laird – Key note speaker Air Ambulance Conference 2015
A line-up of expert speakers took to the stage at what has been said to be the best Air Ambulance National Conference yet.
The event, which took place on Monday 16th November at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London, has become a firm fixture in the events calendar for the European air ambulance community and aimed to inform, incite debate and provide a platform for the industry to come together, share ideas and build partnerships.
The key colleges of Clinical, Charity and Air Operations were all present in an agenda which saw 28 expert speakers take to the stage, delivering presentations on a number of topics. Attendees were encouraged to participate in group discussions and take part in the numerous workshops on offer. The event saw 90% of the UK’s Air Ambulance operations attend with a sell-out 275 delegates attending.
The day started with an eloquent opening speech by Vice Chair of the Association of Air Ambulances, Hanna Sebright, who warmed the audience with her charm and highlighted some of the achievements the Association has made over the past year.
Key note speaker, Dr. Colville Laird, Chairman of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, gave an insightful presentation on how air ambulances fit within the pre-hospital emergency care process. His lateral thinking linked ‘Air Ambulances, Formula One and Budgerigars’ and was extremely interesting.
An exciting entry to the afternoon session was Adam Whitehead, Olympian and Commonwealth GB Swimmer and Emma Atkins from the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, who engaged with the audience and provided an insight into Building a National Charity. This was extremely poignant as the Association of Air Ambulances has recently established its own Charity, the AAAC.
Bill Sivewright, Chairman of the AAA closed the event with a thorough overview of the ‘Here and Now’ conference theme. He discussed the strategy of the Association and the importance of continued lobbying to Government on the Key Issues which affect the sector.
Clive Dickin, National Director of the AAA said:
“I would like to thank everyone that made this year’s event a success. It’s wonderful to see the entire community come together to share their ideas, best practice, discuss experiences and build new relationships. This event has grown year on year and has become the pinnacle event to attend within the sector. Our thanks must also go to the Association’s Associate Members, Exhibitors and Sponsors; without their support, this event would not be possible.”
Next year’s Conference will be held on Monday 14th November 2016 at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel and will have the usual mix of leading speakers, excellent sponsors and senior representatives of air ambulance HEMS and repatriation services.