The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care
For more than thirty years, London’s Air Ambulance has been a leader in the development and practice of pre-hospital care in the U.K. and abroad. Through its research, innovation and education activities, as well as the professional affiliations and publications of its clinical leadership, it has influenced clinical guidelines, governance standards, and the practice of air ambulances in the U.K., Europe and Australia.
The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance was founded in 2013 to build on and expand this influence. Its mission is to drive excellence in pre-hospital care standards and practice through research, innovation and education; and by fostering collaboration across medical disciplines and institutions dedicated to improving outcomes for people afflicted by critical injury and illness.
The Institute remains closely aligned with London’s Air Ambulance, sharing its clinical and organisational leadership teams; drawing on its case studies to inform priorities; and collaborating to develop new clinical interventions, conduct research and educate the next generation of pre-hospital care experts.
2019-2020 at The Institute
In 2019, we introduced our first Masters programme in Pre-Hospital Medicine. Open to doctors and paramedics, this new degree programme introduces brand new academic material to the specialty and enables us to embrace subject matter that clinicians encounter regularly, yet rarely study as part of an academic framework.
Year six of our intercalated degree in pre-hospital medicine is underway and we have yet another first-class group of students. This programme has taken medical students on a journey through the scientific background that underpins the fundamentals of our specialty. During the six years of the programme, students have produced exceptional work, some of which can now be found here. As the BSc alumni now enter into their specialist training programmes, we are proud of them all as they undertake their duties as doctors having spent their time with us. The BSc brings together both traditional scientific subject matter with the essential holistic thinking required to be an excellent clinician.
Our short courses continue to flourish and these are undertaken by clinicians who deliver care directly related to the themed course content. Specific courses such as our PEER (Pre-Hospital Emergency Endovascular Resuscitation) course are targeted at niche aspects of medicine, in this case REBOA, that are bespoke to our own, and few other services. Courses such as our PHCC (Pre-Hospital Care Course) are designed for the wider air ambulance and trauma community. Hundreds of doctors and paramedics from systems across the world have successfully completed this course, which covers a core curriculum for the fundamentals of pre-hospital care delivered by doctor and paramedic teams.
Our conferences are intended to introduce novel concepts and ideas into pre-hospital medicine. Our conference teams innovate in parallel with service developments and in 2019 we brought together experts from outside our traditional specialty boundaries to collaborate in areas such as head injury and haemorrhage, creating new hypotheses around which patient treatments can be based.