THURSDAY 5 October

Paul Gates

  • Chairman, Board of Directors, British Association for Immediate Care
  • Chairman, BASICS Essex
  • Deputy Clinical Director (Consultant Paramedic)

Paul took up the chair of the British Association for Immediate Care in November 2019, prior to this he had served as the Honorary Secretary. He has been involved in the leadership of the strategic change work of the Association since it started in 2015. He subsequently led the review of the Association’s educational courses.

Paul is a Consultant Paramedic with an NHS Ambulance Service Trust. He has extensive senior leadership experience in both the NHS Ambulance Service and third sector. He has an Honorary Contract with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust as a Specialist Paramedic (Critical Care). Paul is a graduate of the NHS Leadership Academy Nye Bevan (Director Development) Programme.

Paul has an interest in major incident and event medicine having held a number of leadership roles at Major Incidents including those in London in 2017 and 2019. He has also led the ambulance service response to all of the major London events that occur including HM Queen Diamond Jubilee celebrations and was also the Tactical Commander for the Olympic Park during the Olympic Games in 2012.

A Lead Examiner for the Diploma In Immediate Medical Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Paul is also the founding Chairman and a trustee of BASICS Essex (BEARS).


Dr Phil Cowburn MBE

  • Medical Advisor to NARU

No biography or abstract received


Dr Andrew Heavyside

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine
Chair of Trustees and Volunteer Critical Care Doctor Bravo Medics
Assistant Medical Director Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Andrew is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine working between University Hospital Southampton and Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC), where he has recently been appointed Assistant Medical Director. He developed his interest in pre-hospital care whilst at university in Aberdeen and completed his training in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine with GWAAC over 2019-20.

In the latter stages of his training, as chair of a team of four trustees, Andrew set up Bravo Medics (The BASICS scheme covering Bristol and the old Avon area) – this has developed into a highly successful scheme providing consultant delivered critical care to over 100 patients a year.


Andrew will tell the story of one of Bravo Medics’ patients who benefited from volunteer critical care overnight and will explore the systems which have allowed Bravo to provide this care alongside teams from South Western Ambulance Service and the other emergency services.


Ms Chaynee Hodgetts FRSA

  • Honorary Lecturer in Emergency Medical Law
  • Barrister, Libertas Chambers
  • BASICS Associate Instructor 

Chaynee is a criminal defence and inquest barrister, with a reputation for looking at cases differently, and focussing on each client as an individual. Chaynee practises predominantly in crime and inquests. Her further sub-specialisms include forensic science, maritime criminal law, maritime inquests, Higher Education inquests, and medical and mental health inquests. She is currently a practising barrister with Libertas Chambers, deploying nationally.

Chaynee is Honorary Lecturer in Emergency Medical Law with QMUL and the Blizard Institute ‚Äì  and has been involved with providing legal teaching on the MSc Emergency & Resuscitation Medicine since 2019. From 2023, she will also be teaching on the new MSc in Enhancing the Safety and Wellbeing of Persons in Care and Custody.

She is also now the second contributor to the leading national Undergraduate textbook in Criminal Law (Smith, Hogan and Ormerod‚ Essentials of Criminal Law, assisting the principal author, Professor David Ormerod CBE KC).

Prior to practice, Chaynee spent over a decade as a University Law Lecturer and academic, teaching Criminal Law, Evidence, and Media Law, working as Law Admissions Tutor, and as Director of an Innocence Casework Unit. As a been a member of Middle Temple since 2012, she was Called to the Bar in 2019.

Chaynee is also Honorary Lecturer in Criminal Law (Department of Law), and Honorary Lecturer in Medicine: Medical Law (Department of Medicine) at Bangor University.

She is the Adviser (Lay Non-Medic) in Teaching & Learning and Examinations for the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath), and Full Member of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences (BAFS).

She is also a member of the Criminal Bar Association, the Inquest Lawyers Group, the Honourable Society of Middle Temple, the Society of Legal Scholars, the Peer Review Panel of the International Journal of Emergency Services (IJES), and a Fast-Track Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Before lecturing, she was a Deck Rating in the Merchant Navy, and, as a member of the Cruising Association, Young Cruisers Association, and Bar Yacht Club, she maintains a keen interest in getting afloat whenever possible.

Chaynee also has a keen interest in pre-hospital care and pre-hospital emergency medicine. In addition to her legal work in this area, she is an Associate Instructor on the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS) Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) Course, and is a First Responder with GoodSAM for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.


This session will provide an elementary introduction to medico-legal matters for emergency medics, with an introduction to the most common ways pre-hospital practitioners might encounter legal issues, and some top tips to avoid falling foul of the law.


Dr Huw Masson

  • ED Consultant

 ED doc and UK-Med member


Quick flick though my UK-Med experience


Dr Lishel Horn

  • Consultant haematologist

No biography or abstract received


Ms Lynsey Newey

  • HEMS Paramedic
  • Trainee Advanced Care Practitioner in ED

I have been a registered HCPC Paramedic since 2009, working in Bristol before moving to Sheffield. I took an unexpected change of careers into education in 2020 with Sheffield Hallam University as a lecturer in Paramedic Science, before becoming a HEMS Paramedic with Yorkshire Air Ambulance in 2022. I am just starting my training to become an Advanced Care Practitioner with Leicester Royal Infirmary in their ED.

I have a PG Certificate in both Critical Care and Academic Practice and have just commenced my ACP Masters Program this September. I am also a member of the ATACC faculty and teach on multiple educational courses.


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Surgeon Commander Paul Rees

  • Consultant and Resuscitation Lead, Barts Health NHS Trust, London
  • HEMS Consultant, East Anglian Air Ambulance
  • Defence Lead for Endovascular Resuscitation
  • Reader in Medicine, St Andrews University, QMUL and Academic Department of Military Medicine

 Surgeon Commander Paul Rees is based at Barts Heart Centre, providing 24-7 heart attack cover across London. He is the lead for the resuscitation service at Barts Health NHS Trust and a founder member the British Cardiac Intervention Society cardiac arrest group. He works as a military HEMS consultant at East Anglian Air Ambulance, where he forms part of the research and innovation team, and also supervises a Masters programme at Queen Mary’s University, London.  He is an academic Reader in Medicine in the Defence Medical Services, and an Honorary Reader at the University of St Andrews.

Paul has wide experience of deployed military care having operated remotely in submarines, providing front-line medical support on commando operations overseas, and as a consultant on the MERT in Afghanistan. His duties have also encompassed humanitarian and disaster response duties in Africa and the Caribbean, and supporting overland expeditions.  As an interventional operator he led the formation of the Defence Endovascular Resuscitation group, bringing novel resuscitation techniques to battlefield resuscitation.

He has a 20-year background in prehospital resuscitation, having originally set up a military BASICS scheme in Scotland, going on to work for BASICS London and BASICS Hampshire, and with experience working on a number of air ambulance systems.


This presentation will review recent advances in resuscitation for cardiac arrest, address the realities of current resuscitation guidelines, and look at future resuscitation capabilities and how our responders will need to prepare to be able to utilise them.


Ms Rebecca Knight

  • Specialist Paramedic Critical Care – HEMS

My career started in rehabilitation and preventive health care, specialising in the use of exercise and physical activity for hospital avoidance initiatives. In 2015, I retrained to be a paramedic and for the last 18 months, I have been working as a HEMS paramedic for Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
Over the last 10 years, I have also lectured for Teesside, Leeds, Sheffield Hallam and Huddersfield Universities – developing and delivering qualifications across nursing, health and social care and Paramedic provisions.
I hold a PGCE (lifelong learning), a PgCert in emergency care (specialist care and vulnerable groups) and have recently been awarded the Malcolm Woolard Scholarship to publish prehospital research. 


A presentation familiarising the prehospital responder with common emergencies and resuscitation related to patients fitted with left ventricular assist devices. This will review equipment (and troubleshooting), adapted patient assessment, management considerations and appropriate pathways for ongoing care.


Ms Lorna Duff

  • CEO BASICS Scotland

Lorna took the helm at The Sandpiper Trust at the end of 2018 and then became CEO of BASICS Scotland and Sandpiper in January 2020. Having graduated from Cambridge University she worked in a variety of roles, moving to voluntary sector leadership before joining Sandpiper and BASICS Scotland. Family and dogs keep her busy when not at work.


A brief look at the history and current work of BASICS Scotland.


FRIDAY 6 October

Dr Lisa Ramage

  • Emergency Medicine ST6/PHEM trainee
  • Module lead, QMUL iBSc in Pre-Hospital Care
  • Immediate past chair, the pre-hospital trainee operated research network (PHOTON)

Lisa is an emergency medicine and pre-hospital emergency medicine trainee, soon to complete training with dual subspecialist qualifications in both EM and PHEM.
She currently works part-time at Queen’s Hospital, Romford in the emergency department alongside a 50% role with Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. She is the module lead for Applied Sciences at QMUL for the iBSc in Pre-Hospital Care. She also works with MAGPAS Air Ambulance as an emeritus doctor. She leads on the Cambridge Pre-Hospital Care Programme.
Lisa was the previous chair of PHOTON, the pre-hospital trainee operated research network, and successfully led on a National Delphi which defined research priorities in Pre-Hospital Critical Care delivery in the UK. She is also co-lead for TETRIS, the national resuscitative thoracotomy service evaluation which was conducted across almost all MTCs and HEMS in the UK, the results of which will be published soon.


This lecture will summarise and critique a handful of recently published research papers which are of high importance to the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medicine.


Surgeon Captain Jason Smith RN

  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine
  • Emeritus Defence Professor of Emergency Medicine

Professor Jason Smith qualified in medicine from Newcastle University in 1992. He underwent specialist training in emergency medicine in London, Plymouth and Sydney before being appointed as a consultant at University Hospitals Plymouth in 2005.

His research interests include the management of injured patients with life-threatening haemorrhage.


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Surgeon Commander Laura Cottey

  • Doctoral Research Fellow

Laura is a Doctoral Research Fellow with the Academic Department of Military Emergency Medicine and an Emergency Medicine trainee. She recently submitted her PhD thesis looking at targeting the mitochondria to improve outcomes in traumatic injury and haemorrhagic shock.


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Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Jamie Vassalo

  • Emergency Medicine and Prehospital Emergency Medicine Registrar, Defence Medical Services and Emergency Medical Retrieval & Transfer Service, Wales
  • Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Academic Department of Military Emergency Medicine.

Jamie is a military registrar in EM and PHEM with a strong academic background having completed a PhD in 2018 looking at triage in major incidents. Since then he has been heavily involved with NHS England delivering the new suite of major incident triage tools.


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Dr Virginia Beckett

  • Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Dr Virginia Beckett BSc (Hons) MB BS FRCOG
Virginia Beckett is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist with special interests in Maternal & Reproductive Medicine.  She has worked in Bradford, which has one of the UK‚s busiest maternity units, since leaving London in 2000.
Virginia is on the working group for the Management of Medical and Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma (mMOET) course & is local course director. This role encouraged further enquiry into the causes of cardiac arrest in pregnancy, the findings of which were published in The British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in 2017. She has co-designed a model to teach perimortem caesarean section (PMCS) and has delivered teaching to a wide range of specialities, including high fidelity pre-hospital trauma simulation.  This has led to a change of practice by several pre-hospital services to include PMCS in the obstetric cardiac arrest algorithm.  She has contributed to the new mMOET course and manual which launched in 2022.
Virginia is a media spokesperson for The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, commenting regularly in the press on issues with respect to O&G.   She edited The Pregnancy Book for the Department of Health for many years and her book My Pregnancy, a handbook for pregnancy‚ has been published in several languages.

Abstract – plenary

The management of Obstetric patients can be challenging.  In this lecture I hope to cover some of the conditions you might encounter in your role to help you deliver effective immediate care.  There will be some time for discussion if you have specific queries.

Abstract – workshop

In the Obstetric Masterclass, we will consider how to resuscitate a pregnant woman, with an opportunity for some to carry out a resuscitative hysterotomy during a scenario.  I will make some video clips available prior to the meeting to give you a head start!


Lieutenant Colonel Jon Barratt

  • Emergency Medicine and Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine Consultant, Defence Medical Services and East Anglian Air Ambulance
  • East Midland Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS) doctor
  • Director, British Association for Immediate Care

Lt Col Jon Barratt is a military EM and PHEM Consultant who lives in the Midlands. Formerly a member of BASICS Essex he is now part of the scheme in the East Midlands, he is also a director of BASICS as serves as an elected trustee. He has extensive pre hospital experience and works as a Consultant for East Anglian Air Ambulance where he has led the introduction of an innovative system for reporting POCUS scans undertaken on scene. More recently he has developed the capability for invasive blood pressure monitoring during OHCA and delivers teaching on endovascular resuscitation to audiences worldwide. He is a Senior Lecturer within the Academic Department of Military Emergency Medicine and has coordinated the research programme for the conference.


During the SPEAR workshop we will demonstrate the techniques used by East Anglian Air Ambulance to obtain advanced vascular access and measure invasive blood pressure during OHCA. Using the extensive experience EAAA have generated we will highlight the utility of the technique, share tips and tricks on the practical aspects and discuss ways to implement this into your response system.


Dr Halden Hutchinson-Bazely

  • HEMS Doctor, East Anglian Air Ambulance
  • BASICS Doctor, North West Pre-Hospital Critical Care Charity
  • BASICS Doctor, LIVES

 I have been a member of LIVES since 2006, and a pre hospital doctor since 2014. Having spent many years attending jobs in the East Midlands, in 2022 I moved a little further east and took up a full-time post as a HEMS doctor at East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) for a year. During my time I developed a specialist interest in cardiac arrest and endovascular resuscitation techniques. Since then, I have returned to full time hospital work in Intensive Care Medicine in Manchester, where I have also started volunteering for the North West Pre-Hospital Critical Care Charity (NWPCCC). I have remained at EAAA as an Emeritus HEMS doctor, and as faculty member for SPEAR, our endovascular resuscitation programme.


During the SPEAR workshop we will demonstrate the techniques used by East Anglian Air Ambulance to obtain advanced vascular access and measure invasive blood pressure during OHCA. Using the extensive experience EAAA have generated we will highlight the utility of the technique, share tips and tricks on the practical aspects and discuss ways to implement this into your response system.


Dr Phil Hyde

  • Director of children’s major trauma
  • Consultant in paediatric intensive care
  • Consultant, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance 

No Biography provided

Abstracts – Workshop & plenary

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Dr Laura Bland

  • Consultant in Pre-Hospital and Emergency Medicine
  • Chair, Examinations Committee, Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care
  • Chair, Assessment Committee, Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine

 Dr Laura Bland is a consultant in Emergency Medicine at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and a critical care doctor with Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. In September 2022, Laura took over as Convener of Examinations for the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care and Chair of the Examinations & Assessments Committees. Prior to this she represented the FPHC on the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine.

 Abstracts – Workshop & plenary

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Mr Matt Richards

Managing Director, Air TV

Matt Richards is the Managing Director of Air TV, one of the country’s leading factual television producers. Their shows include Helicopter ER, which follows the work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 999 Rescue Squad featuring the Paramedics in one of the UK’s busiest Hazardous Area Response Teams and Emergency Rescue Down Under. Matt’s company also makes motoring shows Bangers & Cash and Supercar Showroom, as well as property series Derelict Rescue and Dales for Sale. Matt has been filming medical emergency programmes with care and compassion for more than 10 years and will be sharing stories and tips from behind the camera to allow medics to appear on telly with confidence and how to come across at their very best when working with a TV crew.


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Mr Rory Macdonald

  • Mountain Rescue Search Dog Handler

Rory has been a Mountain Rescue volunteer with Avon & Somerset Search & Rescue since 2017. In 2022 he and Search Dog Griff qualified as a Mountain Rescue K9 Search team with South Wales Mountain Rescue Search Dogs. They deploy to support Mountain Rescue teams and police to Search for lost or missing people across South West England and South Wales.
Rory will be presenting at BASICS alongside Josh Waller from Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team and Search Dog Bran.


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Mr Clive Bush

  • Rope Rescue Instructor
  • Rope Access Instructor

I have been involved in Rope Rescue & rope access for 15/16 years as well as an instructor for the emergency services (22 years) in rope access after leaving the military. A team member of Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue technical rope team covering Avon and Somerset in particular Cheddar & Avon gorge, I belong to a team that cover technical rescue on a large iconic attraction in the centre of London. I’ve been privileged to visit the USA, Japan and Belgium to take part in rope rescue competitions as well as an assessor in rope rescue for UKRO national & regional. I enjoy winter climbing and mountaineering.


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