About this event

  • Date and time Fri 1 Oct 2021 from 9:25am to 4:15pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Emergency Medicine

Join us to delve into a broad oversight of major incident preparation with presentations of specific incidents. We will explore an oversight of prehospital, District General Hospital, and Major Trauma Centre perspectives, and the ethics, psychology and lessons from history.

This live stream will pride itself on delivering the latest updates and discussion from military and civilian leaders in the field of major incident delivery. It is only with this skill set that we can prepare ourselves for future incidents of this scale locally. 

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Meeting topics include:

  • Understand the basic requirements for major incident preparation and the terminology that accompanies it
  • Know the latest updates from military leaders with specific expertise in the field
  • Understand the specific differences and similarities between pre-hospital, District General Hospital and Major Trauma Centre in the preparation and delivery of major incidents
  • Reflect on the psychological aspects of major incidents
  • Learn from lessons from history and incorporate these into preparation for the future

This live stream is available for on-demand viewing. The recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.

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We would like to thank our sponsors GalenLimbs & Things Ltd and Wesleyan and our exhibitor Radiometer Limited for their support of this event. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.

Key speakers

Dr Chris Cocking

Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton

Speaker's biography

Dr Chris Cocking is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton, with an interest in crowd behaviour during emergencies and post disaster psycho-social support. Chris has worked in the crowd management sector, consulting at large events in the South East of England. He also advises on emergency planning, and has been a visiting speaker at the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College. Other consultations he has provided have been for the London Resilience Team, and the Greater London Assembly. He has been published in over 50 journals and user reports, including a case study by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, an impact study by the British Psychological Society. He is regularly asked to speak about his research to the media, and recently contributed to media debates about public behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is also registered on the UK government’s COVID-19 Expert Database and has submitted evidence to UK Parliamentary Select Committee investigations into the pandemic.

Lieutenant Colonel Claire Park

London Helicopter Emergency Medical Service Consultant, The Royal London Hospital and Kings College Hospital 

Speaker's biography

Lt Col Claire Park MBE RAMC is a Consultant in Prehospital Care with London HEMS and in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Trauma at Kings College Hospital in London. She has over 20 years of military experience, including numerous operational deployments. International experience of civilian and military prehospital care, trauma systems and tactical emergency medical systems, has given her extensive experience to bring to her work in ‘tactical medicine’. This includes a focus on reducing  ‘The Therapeutic Vacuum’ that occurs for casualties in the hot and warm zones of high threat incidents. As the Medical Adviser to the Metropolitan Police Service’s Specialist Firearms Units, she also leads on developing interagency support, police officer first aid training and high fidelity simulation training during live police and multi-agency exercises.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Larry Fitton, President, Emergency Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Session one

Chair: Dr Larry Fitton

Basics of major medical incident management

Lieutenant Colonel Jon Walker, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Defence Medical Services and Oxford University Hospitals

Major incidents from many angles

Dr Samy Sadek, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Prehospital Care, The Royal London Hospital and London’s Air Ambulance

In the midst of the Paris attacks – 13-11-15

Dr Youri Yordanov, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine, Sorbonne Université APHP

Panel discussion

Session two

Chair: Dr Fleur Cantle, Consultant in Adult and Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Major Trauma

Reflections on a major incident

Dr Katie McLeod, Emergency Medicine and Paediatric Emergency Medicine Consultant, King’s College Hospital

Major incident management in the District General Hospital

Dr Pamela J Hardy, Lead Consultant, Emergency Care, Dr Gray’s Hospital

Panel discussion
Don’t panic! The psychology of emergency behaviour

Dr Chris Cocking, Principle Lecturer, University of Brighton


Section AGM

Emergency Medicine Section Essay Prize: Rationalising neurosurgical head injury referrals for emergency department practitioners- development and validation of the Liverpool Head Injury Tomography Score (HITS) for mild traumatic brain injury

Mr Conor Gillespie, Final Year Medical Student, University of Liverpool

Emergency Medicine Section: Research and Innovation Prize : Cyberflashing, deepfakes and trolls in the Emergency Department: Investigating the relationship between technology-facilitated abuse and patient outcomes

Dr Isabel Straw, Doctor / PhD Candidate, University College London

Medical care in the hot zone of major incidents

Lieutenant Colonel Claire Park, London Helicopter Emergency Medical Service Consultant, The Royal London Hospital and Kings College Hospital 

Mass casualty management and the WHO Academy

Mr Duncan Bew, Consultant in Major trauma and Acute Surgery, King’s College Hospital

Panel discussion
Closing remarks




Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

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The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

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