College of Paramedics National Conference 2024

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National Conference 2024 Full Programme


'Being a Paramedic: Unique, Diverse, Evolving'
Wednesday 22nd May 2024

 08:30 - 09:00  Registration
 09:00 - 09:10 Welcome Address

Tracy Nicholls OBE FCPara, Chief Executive, College of Paramedics
 09:10 - 09:55

Mark Bloch Lecture:

The Multiple Meanings of Professionalism

Leo McCann, Professor of Management, University of York

   Main Room Stream 1
Theme: Professional Standards

REFRAME - Diverse Images for Healthcare

Debbie Hubbard, Associate Director (Subject Cluster Lead), UWE, Ann-Marie Hines, Student Podiatrist (Final Year), and Sarah Todd, Diversity, Equity and Belonging Manager, College of Paramedics and Senior Specialist in Education - Urgent and Emergency Care at NHS England

Theme: Education
"It's basically the same, just put the mannequin on the floor…": the role of paramedics in developing resuscitation education

Michael Bradfield, Director of Clinical and Service Development, Resuscitation Council UK

 10:35 - 11:10  Morning Break and Networking 
 11:10-12:25 Main Room

Golden Nuggets

The Golden Nugget presentations have been decided!

11:10-12:05 Stream 1

Early Career Newly Qualified Paramedics  

New Paramedic Transition to Practice: A Contextually Dependent Phenomena?

Joe Copson, PhD Student/Lecturer in Paramedic Science, University of Hertfordshire/University of East Anglia

Joe will be joined by Panel Guests

Abigail Geoghan, Paramedic, West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust
Laura-Anne Robins, Newly Qualified Paramedic, Salus Medical Services
Michelle Corbett


A Falls Rapid Response Service - Was it worth it?
Karl Charlton, Research paramedic, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust 

Workable or non-viable OHCA? Saving Ambulance Resources
Nick Brown, Clinical Manager, Advanced Paramedic Practitioners (Critical Care), London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

FLow-voltage electrical injuries and the ECG: is a 'normal' electrocardiogram sufficient for a safe discharge from care?
Simon Corrall, UTC Clinical Lead/ACP, Lymington Urgent Treatment Centre

Crossing the Flaky Bridge: Transition Experiences of Newly Qualified Paramedics
Peter Phillips, Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science, Bournemouth University


Exploring Female Ambulance Staff Experiences of the Menopause Transition (CESSATION – Phase 3)
Larissa Prothero, Research Paramedic, East of England Ambulance Trust


Paramedic Foundation Preceptorship

Kirsty Lowery-Richardson, Head of Education, College of Paramedics

 12:30-13:30 Lunch and Networking
 13:30-14:45 Main Room

College of Paramedics AGM

Rory O’Connor MCPara, outgoing Chair of the Paramedic Council presents: The College of Paramedics AGM 
You will hear from Jon Price MCPara, President of the Board of Trustees, who will provide a roundup of activities from 2023/24 and Rory will announce the 2024 election results.

Giles Adams MCPara, Honorary Treasurer, will present an update on the financial accounts for 2023 and we will be joined by our immediate past President, John Martin FCPara, who will talk about our recently granted Royal Charter.  

 14:45-15:20 Afternoon break and Networking
International Speaker

Portrayals of a Profession

Dr Alan Batt, Paramedicine Program Lead, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada


Rapid Response: NARU's Ten-Second Triage Tool in Action

Dr Philip Cowburn, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Medical Director for South Western Ambulance Service and co-author to the new 10-second triage tool in mass casualty incidents

 16:50-17:00  Closing remarks

Day 2
'Being a Paramedic: Unique, Diverse, Evolving'

Thursday 23rd May 2024

 08:30-08:55  Arrival and Registration

Leading through people

Nazir Afzal OBE, Chancellor of University of Manchester, Independent consultant, Author of the London Fire Brigade culture report


Main Room

Theme: Critical Care
Agricultural Trauma - findings from a Northern Ireland HEMS

Mike Patton, Critical Care Paramedic, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service HEMS

Stream 1

Theme: Research
50 Shades of Green

Lawrence Hill, Associate Professor Paramedic Science, University of East Anglia, Associate Head of Education, College of Paramedics
10:30 -11:00  Morning Break and Networking 
  Main Room  Stream 1
International Speaker

What do the Swiss Army and Paramedics have in common?

J.D Heffern, Chief Paramedic, Indigenous Services Canada - Government of Canada

Theme: Primary Care
Frailty and how ambulance paramedics and primary care paramedics can help each other

Alex Walter, Consultant Paramedic (General Practice) - Petworth Surgery, Petworth, West Sussex 


The impact of advanced practice on the paramedic profession

A four nations perspective
We will hear about the changes that have been made, in all four nations, to drive the profession forward.

Northern Ireland
Neil Sinclair, Chief Paramedic Officer, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service

Kerry Robertshaw, Professional Development Lead- Advanced Practice, Welsh Ambulance Service

Georgette Eaton, Consultant Paramedic Urgent Care, London Ambulance Service

Gillian Macleod, Associate Director, Care Quality and Professional Development, Scottish Ambulance Service

Panel Discussion

 13:00-14:00  Lunch and Networking
 14:00-14:25 Main Room

Workplace Trauma Support: Myth or Reality?

Stephen Regel, Hon. Professor, Founder, Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth, University of Nottingham

Stream 1 

Theme: Professional Standards

Care and comms for transgender and non-binary patients 

Nathan-Jacques Le Blancq (Nat), Student Paramedic

Theme: Critical Care
Sexual Assault - A Time to Care
Sam Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Paramedic Science, St Georges, University of London

Theme: Research

Rethinking Head Trauma Care in Older Adults 

Jack Barratt, Paramedic Senior Research Fellow, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS FT

 15:00-15:30 Afternoon break and Networking

Theme: Education
Practice based learning

Matt Catterall, Programme Lead and Principle Lecturer - Paramedic Science, Oxford Brookes University and Chris Moat, Head of Education and Research, CIPHER medical 


Theme: Primary Care

Navigating the Roadmap through a changing landscape

Lily Dixon, Southwest Primary care Academy FCP Education Lead 


Closing remarks