FAQs

Why does London’s Air Ambulance have an Institute?

For twenty-five years, London’s Air Ambulance has been a leader in the development and practice of pre-hospital care in the U.K. and abroad. It seeks to help pre-hospital care professionals save and improve more lives by sharing its expertise more broadly—specifically, by expanding its research, innovation and education practices. Please click here to learn more.

What kind of research does The Institute do?

The Institute studies the effectiveness of pre-hospital medical interventions; and other topics of pressing concern to the international pre-hospital care community, such as critical success factors in trauma system development, and effective management of medical response to major incidents. Please click here to learn more.

What kind of innovation does The Institute do? 

The Institute’s Innovation practice works to devise safer, faster and more effective options for treating critically injured and ill patients in a pre-hospital environment. Please click here to learn more.

What kind of education does The Institute offer? 

The Institute delivers a variety of training programmes for affiliated pre-hospital care institutions; and from September 2014, will deliver an Intercalated BSc in Pre-Hospital Medicine with Queen Mary University of London's Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Please click here to learn more.

Who leads The Institute? 

The Institute is led by consultants and business staff from London’s Air Ambulance. Please click here to learn more.

What is the legal structure of The Institute?

The Institute is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the London’s Air Ambulance charity, and in itself a private company limited by shares. This structure allows the Institute to earn revenue through trade—for instance, by offering education programmes that generate candidate fees—while requiring that any profits be gifted back to the charity. This structure therefore contributes to The Institute’s financial sustainability, while ensuring its ongoing charitable goals.

When was The Institute founded?

The Institute was founded in late 2013; however London’s Air Ambulance has been engaged in pre-hospital care research, innovation and education for decades.

How is The Institute funded?

The Institute is funded by a combination of grants and earned revenue from educational offerings.

Where is The Institute located?

Most Institute activities take place at The London’s Air Ambulance helipad, atop The Royal London Hospital (Barts Health NHS Trust) in Whitechapel, London. However post for The Institute should be directed to the London’s Air Ambulance charity offices at 77 Mansell Street, London, E1 8AN.

How can I stay up-to-date with The Institute’s activities?

We plan to update the website once or twice a year to reflect new research publications, and launches of major new innovations and education programmes, so please visit our site again. You may also register your contact details here, and we will email you any public announcements we make about our work, and opportunities to get involved.

My question wasn’t answered here. Where can I go for more information? 

Please email us at:IoPHC@londonsairambulance.co.uk