UK Student Paramedic Conference

UK Student Paramedic Conference
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The UK Student Paramedic Conference (UKSPC) is an established event, organised by the College of Paramedics, which attracts 300 student paramedics from around the country to attend and participate in a one day learning experience tailored especially for the paramedics of the future. 

Due to these uncertain times we have decided that the conference this year will be a virtual event which we hope will still maintain the aim of our moto of ‘Bridging the gap between education and practice’.
Bringing together inspirational speakers from across a wide range of subjects, to foster learning and innovation and provoke conversations that can be taken back into education and practice, the virtual platform will also offer you the opportunity to attend this FREE conference from your own home.

e-UKSPC is an event organised by students for students and will be taking place on Saturday 7th November 2020.


Speaker Bios

Dr Ron Daniels, Executive Director, UK Sepsis Trust @SepsisUK, Executive Board- Global Sepsis Alliance, Clinical Adviser (Sepsis) to WHO, Senior Lecturer- Queen Mary's, London. @SepsisUK
Ron Daniels is an NHS Consultant in Intensive Care, based in Birmingham, U.K. He’s also Executive Director of the UK Sepsis Trust and sits on the Executive Board of the Global Sepsis Alliance. In 2016 he was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to patients. Ron’s expertise lies in translational medicine and leadership. He leads the team driving dissemination of the Sepsis 6 treatment pathway and is part of the team responsible for much of the policy and media engagement around sepsis in the U.K. and elsewhere, including the adoption of the 2017 Resolution on Sepsis by the WHO.
At home, Ron’s worked with the NHS over the last 5 years to ensure that, in England, more than 80% of patients presenting with suspected sepsis now receive appropriate antimicrobials rapidly. He’s ever mindful of the perceived conflict, and the synergies and need for collaboration, with the antimicrobial stewardship agenda.

Andy Thomas, Director, Cipher Medical  @andythomas135
Andy Thomas is the CEO & Consultant Paramedic of CIPHER Medical Consultancy Limited and the company provides a wide range of NHS and Event clinical medical services and bespoke clinical and education solutions. Prior to this he served in the Royal Air Force (RAF) where he worked as a paramedic on the Medical Emergency Response Team, and his last role was as an academic research fellow for defence at James Cook University hospital. During this period, he published various publications and has continued to develop his academic portfolio.  He clinically works across a wide range of pre-hospital activity including critical care and event medicine.  He is the co-vice chairperson of the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care and is a member of the faculties training and standards board. 

 Andy will explore the potential impact of COVID-19 on the student paramedic both in terms of changing learning styles, increased remote contact from universities, significant reduced patient contact time, and the fear that may develop due to unexpected change in training. He will also explore the potential impact on student paramedics looking at imposter syndrome and how that will impact the COVID Generation NQP. The presentation will also touch on the relevance of this for transition into practice.

Alex Ulrich, Advanced Paramedic Practitioner- Critical Care Senior Lecturer, Paramedic Science @alex_ulrich1
Alex has over 13 years’ experience working in pre-hospital care and has been an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner in Critical Care for the London Ambulance Service (LAS) for the last five years. Alongside this, Alex holds a Senior Lecturer position at the University of Hertfordshire within the Paramedic Science team. Alex has an MSc in Paramedic Science and for her research dissertation, looked into why there were fewer women in Critical Care roles within the ambulance service. Alex also has a keen interest in Syncope, Resuscitation and Trauma. The interest for trauma care was developed as a result of a one year secondment as a flight paramedic with London’s Air Ambulance in 2019. In her spare time, Alex enjoys playing rugby, travel, walking her fox hound ‘Ralph’ and exploring the great outdoors. 

The ‘HOT’ principles offer clinicians managing patients in traumatic cardiac arrest an easy to remember group of priorities to address reversible causes of traumatic cardiac arrest. This lecture will offer insight into managing these patients in the real world, giving clinician’s tips for understanding the physiology and patient in front of them, in order to prioritise clinical interventions. 

Dr Chris Jefferies, Director Frontline Clinical Education Ltd 
Chris is a doctor with a special interest in medical education, especially healthcare students’ transition to practice. He is the director of Frontline Clinical Education Ltd, a healthcare education consultancy, currently works as a General Practice trainee and has previously worked for the University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine. He is one of the lead editors for Geeky Medics and holds Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).   

A Guide to Shortness of Breath will be an interactive case-based learning session. We will discuss common causes of shortness of breath that student paramedics will encounter on placement.  

Dr Kate Hames, ST5 in Anaesthetics and ICM, Royal Berkshire Hospital 
Dr Hames is an Anaesthetic and Intensive Care Registrar who has moved around the country a few times for her training but she is currently settled in Oxford. She is an ALS instructor and finds running in-situ simulation scenarios a valuable way to challenge a team and learn in a safe environment.  
She loves to travel especially when combined with physical activity such as snowboarding, climbing or walking and has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, undertaken a diving conservation project in the Caribbean and thinks the Inca Trail is high on her priorities once we can travel with less risk. She has dabbled in pre-hospital care as a track medic at Cadwell Park, crawling under trains at Acton Town but more importantly as an actor for scenarios as a Mountain Rescue Casualty. 
She has also followed lots of others by gaining 3 chickens this year providing lots of entertainment. 

During the 'Airways: Lets start at the very beginning' presentation Kate wants to share some simple tips to managing an airway that she has learnt as well as some theory and a little physiology behind it all. 

Dr Alan Charters, Consultant Practitioner - Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Portsmouth Hospital’s Trust
Dr Charters has been a Consultant practitioner in paediatric emergency care for nearly 20 years -  Previously chair of the Prehospital paediatric life support working party. He is the Associate editor for trauma, the Advance paediatric life support group and Chair of the International Paediatric Trauma consensus committee.  

Paediatric C- spine immobilisation – that is the question?  The subject surrounding C-spine immobilisation is surrounded by Myth and controversy – Dr Charters will discuss the  limited evidence surrounding this topic and dispel the mythology that has enshrined questionable practice into every day health care.

07/11/2020 10:00 - 14:30
Registration not available.