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Education and innovation for emergency services
The Emergency Services Show returns to the NEC, Birmingham from 21-22 September 2016. We preview what delegates can expect to see from their visit.
This year’s event will include a new CPD-accredited Trauma Care Training & Education Zone, as well as an area dedicated to home safety featuring case studies from fire and rescue services that have expanded their preventative work into health. Around the exhibition there will be numerous opportunities to try out new equipment and network with the emergency services, first responders, voluntary organisations and NGOs. The popular College of Paramedics CPD area has also been expanded to allow for more participants.
Trauma Care & Education Zone
Comprising CPD skills stations and a training suite where teams will compete to perform a primary survey, the interactive Trauma Care & Education Zone is open to anyone involved in pre-hospital care, with any skill level.
Elsewhere in the Education Zone, visitors can take advantage of free CPD skills stations to earn CPD certificates. Designed to be completed as a circuit, the four 20-minute skills stations will cover airway management, haemorrhage control, splinting and immobilisation and burns. Products and technology on the stations will include: the new Introes Pocket Bougie; ThoraQuik Chest Decompression Device; VAR Vortran Automatic Resuscitator; WoundClot; Celox; iTClamp; Lewis Pelvic Applicator; XCollar; scoop stretchers; and the new range of Water-Jel First Responder dressings.
College of Paramedics CPD Area
The College of Paramedics’ CPD area has been expanded to enable more delegates to participate in the 30-minute, bite-sized workshops covering breech birth, elderly patients, positive mental health, sepsis in obstetrics and seizure management. Speakers include: Aimee Yarrington, education and training officer, West Midlands Ambulance Service; Richard Steggall, clinical supervisor (specialist paramedic), South West Ambulance Service; Martin Berry, teaching fellow, Oxford Brookes University; and Will Broughton, honorary paramedic, Paediatric Emergency Department, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. No pre-booking is required and all those attending will be provided with CPD certificates.
Home Safety 2016
In a new show – Home Safety 2016 – which runs alongside The Emergency Services Show, emergency services will share how they are collaborating to deliver a joined up approach to helping people live safely in their homes. Equipment suppliers will also showcase the very best specialist equipment the market has to offer for the safe home.
Opening the Home Safety 2016 seminar programme, Ged Devereux, health improvement manager, Public Health England North West (currently seconded to CFOA), will talk about the recently published document, Working Together, which explores how health, social care and fire and rescue services can increase their reach, scale and impact through joint working.
Pete O’Reilly, CFOA lead for Health, said: “Both Fire and Rescue Services and health organisations have been working together to help improve the health and well-being of vulnerable people, while contributing to increased independent living. Evidence and research shows people who are deemed to be more vulnerable have an increased risk of death and injury from fire.
“Statistics show there are more than half a million vulnerable people in the UK (aged over 90), two million unplanned hospital admissions a year for those aged over 65, while the Office for National Statistics estimates more than 18,000 excess winter deaths every year.
“We know by working together, improving preventative healthcare and helping people remain active and healthy in later life, we could help increase the proportion of life spent in good health and reduce costs.
“The recently published ‘Working Together’ document outlines the commitment of NHS England, social care, health providers and Fire and Rescue Service to work together and reduce future demand. This year’s Emergency Services Show will give us the opportunity to share this work – and its outcomes – with others.”
The seminar sessions which follow will include case studies from fire and rescue services who have expanded their work into the health area by working alongside the NHS, as well as partnering other agencies such as Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. Steve Chu, chief executive, Age UK, Sheffield, will talk about how fire and health can work together to keep older people safer in their homes while Chris Blacksell, deputy chief fire officer, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, will focus on trips and falls. The role of data and research in targeting prevention and changing people’s behaviours will also be covered.
Other speakers include: Dr Angela Donkin, deputy director, Institute of Health Equity; Rob Cole, group manager, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service; Rob Cherrie, station manager, Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service; Nick Coombe, fire safety management support officer, London Fire Brigade; Brian Neat, policy support officer, CFOA Integrated Data and Research Programme; Jason Davis, data analyst, West Midlands Fire Service; and Alex Mills, corporate communications manager, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
As Home Safety 2016 takes place during Gas Safety Week (19-25 September), the programme will also cover various aspects of gas safety, showing how fire and rescue services can work with partners at a local level to ensure that being CO aware is core to the safe and well visit.
Last October CFOA, NHS England, Public Health England, the Local Government Association and Age UK published a consensus statement which outlined ways in which they could work together to reduce preventable hospital admissions and avoidable winter pressures/deaths. Now fire and rescue services are on a mission to embrace a wide range of local healthcare providers and work out how best to tackle the health and social inequalities that make some more vulnerable than others.
Companies, organisations and emergency services who will be available to speak to visitors in the Home Safety 2016 exhibition include: CFOA Fire Safe; Cleveland Fire Brigade; Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service Fire as a Health Asset; Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service; Mangar Health; MPL Locksmith Training; National Grid; Plumis – The Automist Innovators; Retractalarm; and Royal Society for Public Health.
The Learning Zone Theatre
New for 2016, The Learning Zone Theatre at the Emergency Services Show features a free two-day seminar programme curated and inspired by JESIP and the National Operational Guidance Programme for the Fire & Rescue Service. Sessions will review the multi-agency responses to recent incidents, identify the operational challenges and capture positive learning.
A number of exhibitors will be available to speak to visitors about collaborative projects. London Fire Brigade, for example, will be showcasing the results of Exercise Unified Response, a large scale and complex, live and command post exercise, which was held earlier this year, based on a significant building collapse, incorporating heavy transport and mass casualties. All of London's emergency response organisations, including local and national authorities, were involved along with specialised teams from across the UK and from Hungary, Italy and Cyprus.
Exhibition: One-Stop Shop
Over 450 exhibiting companies and organisations will be showcasing the latest solutions in communications, emergency medical care, protective clothing and uniforms, training and outsourcing. Companies exhibiting vehicles and vehicle equipment for the ambulance sector will include: Baus; O+H; Terberg DTS; Cartwright; Volvo; Allied Fleet; BMW; Mercedes-Benz; and Ferno.
New exhibitors include Bariquins which will be exhibiting its bariatric training mannequins for the first time in the UK, and Defib Store which manufactures outdoor defibrillator cabinets and works closely with the ambulance services. Private ambulance company Salop Medical Services will also be exhibiting for the first time.
New products featuring on the Ferno stand include the innovative iN∫X stretcher, a versatile self-loading stretcher designed to automate manual handling and reduce an ambulance crew’s reliance on the carry chair. It will also show the new INTRAXX Integrated Vehicle Component System which secures loose equipment and supplies inside the ambulance while allowing paramedics to deliver patient care from a seated, restrained position.
O&H Vehicle Conversions will be displaying its new lower maintenance, lighter weight Paramedic Practitioner Vehicle (PPV), which also offers a range of data-driven benefits. Each PPV can act as a Wi-Fi hub hotspot allowing live vehicle data, electrocardiogram (EKG) and electronic patient care reporting (ePCR) readings to be sent wirelessly, as well as enabling high quality video to be streamed from the PPV to its destination hospital. The PPV also features a swap-out tray for fast stock replenishment.
Zoll Medical Corporation will be showing its advanced resuscitation technology for improving CPR quality to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
Around the show there will be valuable opportunities to network with blue and amber light services, which are increasingly working together in emergency situations. Over 80 secondary responders, voluntary sector partners and NGOs will feature in The Collaboration Zone. Key associations including BASICS, the Independent Ambulance Association, Association of Air Ambulances and Ambulance Services Institute will all be represented.
The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care will be holding a Consensus Day at The Emergency Services Show covering Crush and Suspension Injuries. Open to pre-hospital care providers of any level, the meeting will be held on Wednesday 21 September.
Getting to the Emergency Services Show
The NEC is linked to Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport and is directly accessible from the UK motorway network. Parking and entry to the exhibition and seminars at The Emergency Services Show are free.