We host major conference, ‘Future Directions in HEMS’ 

We’re excited to announce our Future Directions in HEMS conference will take place on Thursday 13 June at Holiday Inn, Gatwick. 

This world-leading Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) event will see pre-hospital clinicians from across the UK and beyond gather for a day of innovation, collaboration and sharing of knowledge. 

The conference will be an exploration of critical topics affecting pre-hospital medicine, with expert insight from national and international speakers. 

Professor Richard Lyon MBE, our Director of Research and Innovation said: “We are really excited to be bringing so many people from across the air ambulance community together for what will be a day of collaboration and learning. 

“We will be covering some important topics such as the focus of PHEM research in the coming years, managing fatigue and crew welfare, new technologies in HEMS and the future of endovascular interventions. 

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for clinicians working in pre-hospital care to elevate their expertise and share ideas with like-minded individuals and we are really looking forward to welcoming colleagues from across the pre-hospital care and air ambulance communities.” 

Speakers include: 

  • Dr Duncan Bootland, Medical Director at KSS 
  • Prof Hans Morten Lossius, R&D Advisor to the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation
  • Leif Rognas, Base Clinical Lead, Danish Air Ambulance
  • Dr Malcolm Russell, Medical Director UK International Search and Rescue
  • Prof Mark Wilson, Medical Director, GoodSAM 
  • Prof Kevin Fong, Professor of Public Engagement and Innovation, STEaPP UCL 

The subjects being examined during the day are: 

  • PHEM research – a look at the groundbreaking studies and advancements shaping the future of air ambulance operations. 
  • Managing fatigue and crew welfare – how to create and build teams that perform well under pressure, and strategies to enhance crew welfare and ensure optimal performance. 
  • Technical advances – an exploration of how HEMS can increase our reach to patients and learnings from other complex industries. 
  • The future of endovascular interventions – the cutting-edge technologies and techniques reshaping medical interventions in emergency situations.  

Gama Aviation are lead sponsors of the conference, which is also being supported by; the Ortus Group, B Braun, Medic One Systems, Getinge and Radar Healthcare with additional support from Key Survival Equipment.

A paramedic and doctor from KSS during a training exercise
The day will be a chance for pre-hospital clinicians to share learnings they can apply in their work
Prof Richard Lyon MBE, Director of Research and Innovation
Professor Richard Lyon MBE, KSS's Executive Director of Research and Innovation and Deputy Medical Director

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