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.


Standard pricing available until 01 October 2021.


RSM Member RSM Associate RSM Trainee RSM Student
£36.00 £27.00 £27.00 £18.00

Non - Member

Non - Member AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£60.00 £45.00 £45.00 £30.00

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

Critical Care Consultant, King’s College Hospital London and Helicopter Emergency Medical Service Consultant


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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

The basics of major incidents

Lieutenant Colonel Jon Walker, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Pre-Hospital Care Physician, Defence Medical Services and Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Pre-hospital perspective

Dr Samy Sadek, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Prehospital care, Barts Health NHS Trust

The Paris experience

Dr Youri Yordanov, Consultant in Emergency Medicine

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 McCleod, Emergency Medicine and Paediatric Emergency Medicine Consultant, King’s College Hospital

Major Incident management in the DGH

Dr Pam Hardy, Lead Consultant Emergency Care, Dr Grays Hospital Elgin

Panel discussion
Don’t panic – the psychology of mass emergency behaviour

Dr Chris Cocking, Principle Lecturer, University of Brighton

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 

Dr Isabel Straw

What matters to patients

Frank Chege, Patient Liaison Nurse, London Air Ambulance

Improving patient outcomes in the hot zones of major incidents

Lieutenant Colonel Claire Park, Critical Care Consultant, Kings College Hospital and Helicopter Emergency Medical Service Consultant

WHO academy and the international mass casualty course

Mr Duncan Bew, Consultant Trauma and General Surgeon, King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust

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. 

Special rates for difficult times  

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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