30 January 2014

HYMS hosts national PCP conference

Nursing students, military medics, emergency medicine consultants, medical students and junior doctors attended the Second National Pre-hospital Care Education Conference 2014 hosted at the University of York by the HYMS Pre-hospital Care Programme (PCP).

Some 160 delegates interested in the sub-speciality of pre-hospital care enjoyed talks, viewed posters, took part in workshops and a simulated multi-casualty incident that was organised and performed by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS), YAS British Association of Immediate Care (BASICS), North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and St John Ambulance.

The first day, which was held at the Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, began with an address by HYMS Deputy Dean Dr David Pearson, who chaired the conference. This was followed by Dr Colville Laird, Chairman of the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care (FPHC), who delivered an insightful and interesting look into how the speciality of pre-hospital care began.  Throughout the day there were talks by other inspirational speakers.

“As organisers, HYMS PCP set out to deliver a conference that aimed to promote education, training and innovation,” said HYMS student Jack Sherlock, one of the event organisers. “It is safe to say that this was achieved and we can only look forward to next year’s conference whose host is to be announced in the near future.

“The spectacle of multiple fire engines and several ambulances at the site of the simulated collision was eye-opening in its scale,” he went on. “The large accumulation of delegates around the cordoned zone, braving the wind and rain, were captivated and it no doubt made the journey to York worth it, round off a great weekend.”

To read Jack’s report of the weekend in full, click on the link: PCP Conference report