After a two-year hiatus, the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC) Conference made a triumphant return, offering an impressive line-up of talks, networking opportunities, and the chance for attendees to play an active role in impacting developments taking place in pre-hospital care.
The conference, which took place on 6-7 November 2023, was a resounding success, drawing an enthusiastic and diverse audience of practitioners spanning the pre-hospital care spectrum. First aiders, paramedics, doctors, nurses, students, first responders, voluntary aid workers, and remote medics converged at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for this eagerly anticipated event. The multi-disciplinary aspect was also evident, with participation from police, fire, and armed forces personnel, underlining the collaborative nature of pre-hospital care.
The opening of the conference was marked by the presence of RCSEd Council Member Professor Angus Watson, who welcomed the attendees and set the stage for an engaging two days. Dr Pam Hardy, Chair of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, expressed her delight at the conference's return after the extended break. She kicked off the program by warmly welcoming delegates and speakers.
Pam emphasised the Faculty's strength in its multi-professional reach, expressing gratitude for the speakers' contributions in assembling an impressive programme with a wide-ranging scope, including representation from non-health care professionals and event medicine. She also extended her appreciation to key figures who played pivotal roles in making the event a reality, including Professor David Lockey (Gibson Chair), Gordon Ingram (Conference Lead), and the dedicated team behind the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care.
The FPHC Conference holds a prominent place in the Faculty's calendar, aligning with its objectives of advancing high-quality pre-hospital education and research while fostering collaboration among all stakeholders in pre-hospital care. The conference showcased an array of speakers who shared their invaluable work and experiences, some of which contribute to the Faculty's consensus statements and exams. The tremendous demand for tickets reflected the keen interest and appetite of the audience for the latest developments and insights in the field.
The conference presented a remarkable opportunity to honour the work of members and others, but more importantly, it served as a forum for individuals to come together, discuss, facilitate collaboration, and highlight critical learnings that can be applied in the real world of pre-hospital care, find out more about our delegates experience at the Conference.
The FPHC Conference's return not only invigorated the pre-hospital care community but also reinforced its commitment to excellence, education, and collaboration in the ever-evolving field of pre-hospital care. As practitioners, researchers, and stakeholders continue to exchange knowledge and insights, the future of pre-hospital care looks brighter than ever and the Faculty encourages involvement in several ways. Elected Members have the opportunity to drive forward the Pre-hospital care agenda and have a meaningful input into shaping the strategy of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care. Find out more about roles within the Faculty here.
The conference culminated with closing remarks from Pam, summing up the two days as proud achievement for the Faculty and giving thanks once again to all involved, in particular FPHC Faculty Manager, Beth Stevenson.
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