Free CPD Training & Networking Opportunities

Wednesday, 23 May, 2018



The Emergency Services Show, Hall 5, NEC, Birmingham, UK, 19-20 September 2018


The Emergency Services Show returns to the NEC, Birmingham from 19-20 September with free entry for all staff levels within the ambulance service and private ambulance operators. A host of key learning and networking opportunities are on offer this year including CPD-accredited seminars and a highly-topical programme of College of Paramedics Workshops.

College of Paramedics Workshops

Always a popular feature of the annual event, the 30-minute College of Paramedics workshops will cover paramedic prescribing (in the light of new laws which came into effect in April), as well as mental health, working in a custody setting, human factors, maternity, caring for victims of rape and sexual assault and emergency surgical airway procedures. No pre-booking is required and all those attending will be provided with CPD certificates.

Speakers include:

  • Andy Collen, Medicines & Prescribing Lead, College of Paramedics, who will review paramedic medicine mechanisms, explaining how these keep patients safe and how paramedics can approach medicines with confidence
  • Sam Thompson, Forensic Paramedic with Kent Police and a Senior Lecturer at St George’s University of London, who will look at the JRCALC guidelines for treating victims of rape and sexual assault, and discuss how both the immediate care and long-term outcomes for these vulnerable patients can be improved
  • Richard Steggall, Custody Paramedic, who will explain what every paramedic attending a patient in a custody suite should know
  • Aimee Yarrington, Paramedic/Midwife, West Midlands Ambulance Service, who will share her top tips for newborn resuscitation
  • Mind who will explain how paramedics can support their colleagues’ mental health and wellbeing through its Blue Light Programme

Live Demonstrations

Elsewhere on the exhibition floor West Midlands Fire Service will be hosting an Extrication and Trauma Challenge with full commentary and an area for spectators. On the exhibition stands there will be numerous opportunities for visitors to test and improve their skills, handle new kit and speak to medical training experts. Over 400 exhibiting companies and organisations will be showcasing the latest solutions in communications, emergency medical care, protective clothing, uniforms, outsourcing, training and vehicles. Key names such as Bristol Uniforms, RDT, Stryker, Vimpex, WAS UK and Zenith Hygiene have all booked stands again this year, while new exhibitors include Ambulance Parts, British Burn Association, Haemoconcepts, International Ambulances (which is set to unveil its advanced ACESO ambulance prototype at the show), Medisol BV, Siemens Healthcare, Vermed and The UK Sepsis Trust.


Meanwhile, the Collaboration Zone offers an opportunity to network with other responders including voluntary organisations and NGOs. The British Ambulance Association will be exhibiting for the first time this year, alongside the Association of Air Ambulances and the Independent Ambulance Association. North East Ambulance Service, South Central Ambulance Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, South Western Ambulance Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service have all booked stands for recruiting staff.

Free CPD-Seminars

Four CPD-accredited seminars programmes will also run during The Emergency Services Show this year and many of these sessions will be relevant to ambulance visitors and those working in a pre-hospital care setting. Collaboration with other emergency services will be a strong theme with presentations on Joint Operational Learning from JESIP as well as multi-agency case studies from services who have responded to major incidents. The Resilience Advisors Network and Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group (ESCWG) will be providing several expert speakers.

Following its successful introduction in 2017, the Health & Wellbeing seminar theatre returns for this year’s event. Speakers include emergency responders who have experienced mental health challenges including Post Traumatic Stress, and organisations who are implementing change and offering support such as Mind.

In the Road Safety seminar theatre, there will be informative sessions on safety considerations when attending RTCs and a fascinating update on the First Bike On Scene (FBOS) initiative, which has trained over 40 volunteer bikers in roadside emergency first response.

Entry to the exhibition and seminars is free, as is parking. The NEC is linked to Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport and is directly accessible from the UK motorway network. To register now visit

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