The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care works with a number of partners and organisations who support our work and enable us to carry out innovative projects.
Our partners are diverse and come from a range of different disciplines from academic institutions to the Emergency Services and the world of elite sport. However, they all share our dedication to improving outcomes for people affected by critical injury and illness.
Our partners support us in many different ways including helping us run courses, donating their facilities as well as their time, expertise and skills. For this we are extremely grateful because without them, we would not be able to carry out our life-saving work.
London's Air Ambulance is located at The Royal London Hospital, one of the capital's leading trauma and emergency care centres. Barts Health NHS Trust provides the service with the doctors who join for six month secondments, and the consultants who are permanently associated with the service and in turn, The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care. They also provide direct financial support in the form of a monthly grant and the helipad facilities at The Royal London Hospital which The Institute uses for its operations and training programmes.
The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care works alongside the London Ambulance Service in the training of paramedics who are on secondment to London's Air Ambulance and other services. The excellent relationship we have with the London Ambulance Service is integral to the inner workings of The Institute and the crucial involvement we have from the paramedic community. We greatly value the paramedic perspective and appreciate the skills and expertise they have. Many of the paramedics who finish their secondments with London's Air Ambulance continue to work with The Institute, giving their time and lending their skills, expertise and unique insight in order to train and support the next generation of trauma specialists.
The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care has worked in close partnership with Queen Mary, University of London and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry since launching the Intercalated BSc in Pre-Hospital Medicine in 2013. The degree programme attracts students from all around the world and continues to go from strength to strength. In September 2018, The Institute and Queen Mary, University of London went on to launch the MSc in Pre-Hospital Medicine which is a three year modular course aimed at doctors and paramedics in order to prepare them for the challenges of the advanced practice of pre-hospital medicine.
In 2018, The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care began working in more depth with The Royal College of Pathologists. Interest was garnered from the Royal College after The Institute launched the Golden Hour Knowledge Innovation Fellowship which studies the causes of death in trauma and how best we can share best practice and inter-disciplinary working between the emergency services, pathologists and coroners. Since then, The Royal College of Pathologists has worked in partnership with The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care to launch two Golden Hour Conferences in 2018 and 2019 which were well attended by experts in the field of pre-hospital care, pathology and coronial services. The Royal College of Pathologists generously provided their new conference facilities in Central London for the event.
Doctors and paramedics at London's Air Ambulance work closely with the RNLI , especially the Tower Lifeboat station operating from Lifeboat Pier on the River Thames in central London. It is the RNLI's busiest lifeboat station with a crew on station around the clock. It is very important for our students studying the iBSc in Pre-Hospital Medicine to experience working with the RNLI first hand on incidents involving drowning and as a result, a day spent with the Tower Lifeboat Station has been especially designed and incorporated into the iBSc curriculum.
The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care began working with the Ministry of Defence in 2014 to support its personnel training for effective treatment of traumatic and critical injury.
Our doctors and paramedics are very often sent to patients who have been involved in road traffic accidents or unique incidents such as the one at Grenfell Tower. In these cases, our teams work alongside their colleagues at the who are highly skilled in extrication and incidents involving fire. We continue to learn from them and appreciate their input into our training courses and degree programmes.
It has always been important for The Institute to have involvement from the Met Police on its courses. Our doctors and paramedics work closely with the police on scene and so it is essential to reflect this working relationship especially in our Human Factors scenario training. In addition, the police have contributed widely to other aspects of The Institute from helping to educate our students including speaking at various Institute events on subjects such as terrorism and major incidents through to working together on simulation exercises.
Transport for London supports The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care by helping it to run its Pre-Hospital Underground and Novel Concepts Course (PUNCC) which was first launched in 2017. Our team encounters a significant number of patients who have been struck by trains, usually on the underground system. There are many specific aspects of safety, procedure and clinical technical skill that are required if our clinicians are to work effectively and safety to help these very badly injured patients. Transport for London provides The Institute with crucial facilities and expertise in order to maximise our training of doctors and paramedics in this area, namely providing us with the disused Aldwych underground station in which to carry out our high fidelity scenario training.
ZOLL has been a long-standing supporter of The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care since 2014. ZOLL funded The Institute's Golden Hour Knowledge Innovation Fellow, Dr. Mike Kim and with their crucial support, The Institute has been able to make great headway in investigating the causes of death in trauma and build key relationships with coroners and pathologists so that we can ensure best practice in this area. ZOLL also helps The Institute in many other ways such as supporting our iBSc and MSc students and providing funding to allow us to hold our resuscitation conferences and symposia.
Our relationship with UK Sport began in November 2014 when The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care spoke at the World Class Performance Conference. Since then, we have worked on many collaborations together including developing a two day course for coaches, psychologists and other members of the team who coach elite athletes to learn how our service best equips clinicians to perform in challenging situations. There are many parallels to be drawn between the way we teach our doctors and paramedics to achieve optimum performance and how elite athletes are prepared for major sporting events such as the Olympics. In addition, UK Sport provided The Institute with key note speakers for The London Performance Psychology in Medicine Symposium in June 2017. This event was a meeting for clinicians, cognitive and sports psychologists, safety experts, elite performers and educationalists, and anyone involved in delivering patient-care under pressure.
We have worked closely with Lifecast Body Simulation over the past three years and we have purchased six of their high fidelity manikins to date. These manikins are a great asset to The Institute's training programmes as they make otherwise obvious training scenarios true to life and greatly help in preparing our students, doctors and paramedics for what they may face on scene.
Revered by the TV and film industry, Studio Sangeet has supported our courses, most notably our large-scale simulations and the Pre-Hospital Care Course (PHCC), by providing prosthetics, make-up, training and support for our candidates and students in order to help us create the most realistic scenarios possible.