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Annual Conference 2021 - main plenary presentations

Take a look at the summaries of what our main plenary speakers will be presenting at our 2021 conference


Professor Paresh Wankhade, Edge Hill University

Leadership and Staff implications of COVID-19: Case for a New Research Agenda

The impact of the pandemic on the already-under-pressure NHS Ambulance Services are quite significant. Being at the forefront of dealing with the pandemic as the first point of call for patients, COVID-19 further exposed these fault lines, testing services not only to respond appropriately and safely; but also, effectively deal with the impact on the physical health and emotional stress for staff. In his presentation, Prof. Paresh Wankhade (@pareshwankhade) will draw from his latest research to discuss the impact of the pandemic on organisational service delivery and psycho-social wellbeing of ambulance staff including the implications for interoperability with other emergency services. Opportunities for learning from the crisis including potential themes for a fruitful research agenda will also be highlighted


Professor Rick Body, University of Manchester

NIHR Incubator for emergency medicine

The 2017 NIHR training review led to the formation of the NIHR Academy and a number of 'NIHR Incubators' in areas of high clinical need, but with a low critical mass of clinical academics. Those of us working in the field of emergency care are very privileged that the NIHR chose to invest in our area by founding the NIHR Incubator for Emergency Care. This multi-professional initiative aims to support the academic career development of doctors, paramedics and NMAHPs working in the field of emergency care. This talk will introduce the NIHR Incubator, talk about its objectives and how it could help you to join a community of like-minded individuals, take advantages of mentorship opportunities and build a successful research-active career.



Professor Julia Williams, College of Paramedics

Sasha Johnston, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Imogen Gunson, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Caitlin Wilson, University of Leeds

999 EMS Research – Why bother?’ Views from the frontline

During this live panel discussion, the speakers will use the story-telling method of Pecha Kucha to share their journeys of pursuing a research career as frontline paramedics. Through sharing their experience, they seek to inspire others and convey useful tips for conducting 999 EMS Research. The presentations will be followed by a moderated Q&A session, where the audience can pose questions directly to the panel.

  • Professor Julia Williams (@DrJuliaWilliams) is the head of research for the College of Paramedics and professor of Paramedic Science at the University of Hertfordshire, as well as a paramedic for SECAmb
  • Sasha Johnston (@SashaJohnston_) is a research paramedic and the SWASFT lead for the TIME feasibility trial. Her own research focuses on ambulance staff mental health, which she will develop further through a DPhil at the University of Oxford
  • Imogen Gunson is a research paramedic for WMAS and has worked on several clinical trials with methodologies ranging across interventional, qualitative, and observational
  • Caitlin Wilson (@999_Caitlin) is a PhD student at the University of Leeds exploring prehospital feedback, as well as a paramedic for NWAS


Professor Gina Agarwal, McMaster University Department of Family Medicine, Ontario, Canada

Professor Graham Law, University of Lincoln, UK

Dr Michael Redlener, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, USA

Professor Chris Ryther, American River College, Sacramento, USA

Panel presentation and discussion - International perspectives on EMS and Covid-19



Annual Conference

Tuesday 23 March 2021, online

Research in prehospital care: Past, pandemic, present & future

The 2021 999 EMS Research Forum conference will take place online on Tuesday 23 March 2021. This conference is brought to you in association with The National Ambulance Research Steering Group (NARSG) and Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust (WAST).

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