Tuesday 26 February 2013
Since the foundation of Barts and The London Prehospital Care Programme (PCP) in 2007 the initiative has grown from strength to strength. From an initial start with three students, it now has a compliment of more than 60 students spanning the entire MBBS course from years 2 to 5. Outside of Barts and The London the PCP has developed links with other universities throughout the UK with the aim of setting up sister programmes. With this in mind the PCP undertook the challenge of launching the first ever Student Prehospital Care Conference in January 2013, at the Whitechapel Campus of Barts and The London Medical School.
The main aim of the conference was to showcase different approaches to Prehospital Care Programmes throughout the UK. The conference was opened by Dr Emma Lightbody, one of the founders of the PCP at Barts and The London. The morning session focused on the setting up of PCP programmes and how these different enterprises across the country have developed uniquely using their local resources. In the afternoon speakers from a range medical professions were invited to talk on some of the challenging areas of prehospital care. Our keynote speaker Mr Alastair Wilson (Consultant of emergency medicine at Barts and The London Hospital and the founder of London HEMS) gave an entertaining talk on the development of London’s Air Ambulance Service. What followed was an afternoon of inspirational talks from some leading figures in the field of prehospital medicine. These included Dr Kevin Fong (expert seen on Extreme A&E), Dr Chris Luke (expert in Nightclub Medicine), Mr Craig Cassidy (a first on scene paramedic at the London 7/7 Bombings), Dr Mark Salter (prehospital psychiatry assessment) and Dr Gareth Grier who ran an interactive session on mass incidents.
With 181 delegates on the day we have received some incredibly positive feedback on the event. After the success of the inaugural conference it will now become an annual roaming event where students can meet up and discuss prehospital care medicine and education throughout the UK. The next PCP conference will take place in early 2014 and will be hosted by the Hull York Prehospital Care Programme.
Barts and The London Prehospital Care Programme