Air Ambulance Conference Delivers on Qulaity, Innovation, Resilience and Horizon Topics

 Air Ambulance Conference Delivers on Qulaity, Innovation, Resilience and Horizon Topics




Expert speakers took to the stage at what has been said to be the best Pre-hospital Air Ambulance Conference yet. 

The event, which took place on Monday 14th November at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London, has become a firm fixture in the events calendar for the European air ambulance community and delivered on its mission to inform, incite debate and provide a platform for the industry to come together and share ideas.

A new streamlined structure to the event’s agenda focussed on the key subjects:  Quality, Innovation, Resilience and Horizon.  In addition to the popular Key Note address, experts within the key colleges of Clinical, Air Operations and Charity sector delivered presentations on the respective topics, followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.

Key note speaker Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) delivered a powerful presentation focussed on the charity sector.  Sir Stuart explained how charities play a valuable part of the UK economy, but go further in providing invaluable services such as air ambulances.   He highlighted how the credibility of charities had been tested over the last year and that it was the charities turn to be scrutinised; resulting in the formation of the new Fundraising Regulator which needed to be funded correctly.

When Sir Stuart was questioned about quality fundraising by a delegate, his response was, “An air ambulance charity is an air ambulance charity.  If they don’t have an air ambulance, I don’t know how they can make that claim.”

A total of 12 other high-level speakers gave presentations on the day including Richard Stephenson, Communications Director from the Civil Aviation Authority.  Richard stood in for Andrew Haines who was unfortunately taken ill and who sent his apologies.  He talked on the topic of ‘Resilience’ and explained how the CAA does not always get things right but they are ready to work with all their stakeholders to continue a journey of improvement and it was reassuring that Richard gave positive news on several of the AAA’s Key Issues.

Professor Jonathan Benger, National Clinical Director for Urgent Care, NHS England gave an insightful presentation and spoke on the subject of ‘Quality’ and asked the important question, “How do we know if we are any good at what we do?”

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 and the new conference format proved an extremely good enhancement.  The event has grown year on year and has become the pinnacle event to attend within the sector.  

With this in mind, next year’s National Air Ambulance Conference and Awards of Excellence will take place at a new venue and is set to be even bigger and better.  This will be held on 13November 2017 at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel, London. 

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Issue date: 25 November 2016