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IPHEC Conference 2015


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Conference for SECAmbDouglas Chamberlain

There were packed auditoriums for the first-ever SECAmb International Innovation for PreHospital Emergency Care Conference, which was hosted in the UK birthplace of the paramedic profession, Brighton.

And there was excellent feedback both from the speakers and the delegates who enjoyed a stimulating and informative two days at the Amex Stadium.

The IPHEC Conference caused a storm on Twitter with tweets and re-tweets spreading the word far and wide.

In his opening address to the conference, Trust Chief Executive Paul Sutton said SECAmb was committed to innovation in clinical equipment and the development of professional roles and added that the conference had been a great forum to learn from others.

 “There is a lot still to learn and we learn through conferences like this to establish best practices and make it common practice through the ambulance service.”

Key note speaker at the conference was Freddy Lippert, Chief Executive Officer of Emergency Medical Services in Denmark’s Capital Region. Professor Lippert, pictured top, who is considered to be the driving force behind Denmark’s success in improving outcomes for cardiac patients, was one of 12 speakers across the two days.

Another popular conference speaker was the renowned Professor Douglas Chamberlain. Professor Chamberlain, pictured above, was instrumental in the introduction of the UK’s first paramedics in Brighton and has worked closely with SECAmb over the years to develop the Trust’s cardiac arrest treatment approach.

In a moving moment, he received a standing ovation from delegates on Day 1 of the Conference, in recognition of his 50 years’ contribution to improving cardiac care.

Other speakers on the first day included Dr Craig Ellis, Deputy Medical Director  of the New Zealand EMS; Dr Adam de Belder, Brighton Cardiology Consultant; Dr Ali Dana, Cardiology Consultant at Cosham; Chris Walker, Nurse Consultant from Cosham and Dr Richard Lyon, HEMS doctor and Emergency Medicine Lecturer from the University of Edinburgh.

The second day concentrated on Cardiac Arrest with the key speakers Professor Lippert; Dr Massimo Micaglio, Consultant Anaesthetist from Italy; Mark Whitbread from the London Ambulance Service; Professor Charles Deakin, Divisional Medical Director at South Central; Dr Zoe Fritz from Cambridge University Hospitals; Samantha Brace McDonnell from Warwick University and HEMS doctor and A&E Consultant Dr Magnus Nelson.

Each day also had workshops working with specialists in smaller groups.

IPHEC 2015 was supported by pharmaceutical firm, AstraZeneca and medical device provider, Teleflex.

The Trust is now looking to build on the success of the 2015 conference with further events in the coming years.

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