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Great Western Regional Group Meeting
Wednesday 15th May 2013
The next GWRG meeting will be held in Training Room 1 at Bristol Central Ambulance Station on Wednesday 15th May 2013 starting at 1930 hrs
This is an important meeting for many reasons. It has now been two years since the formation of the GWRG and it is time to take stock of our achievements and also to consider the future. We intend to compile a list of achievements (of which there are many) that can be used to showcase the importance of a regional group - so please come along
Issue 4 of the Great Western Regional Group Newsletter is now available for members. Please see attachment to view.
Great Western Regional Group CPD Event
Tuesday 23rd April 2013 13:00-17:00
The Great Western Regional Group of the College of Paramedics are pleased to announce an event planned for 23rd April at North Bristol Operations Centre, 400 North Bristol Park, Filton, BS34 7QH where we will be holding a CPD afternoon which is free for all delegates attending. Included in the programme is the Great Western Air Ambulance Critical Care Team covering 'Critical Care in the West Country' , Major Leon Roberts MBE - Army Senior Medical Officer- East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme with 'A comparison of Critical Care support' and Ben Meadley -Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic-Melbourne Australia looking at 'Critical Care down under-An Australian Paramedical Model'.
There are limited places available so early booking is essential.
Go to 'CPD Events' and then 'Book on-line now' to book your place.
Great Western Regional Group Study Evening review
The Great Western Regional Group held a joint study evening in conjunction with Great Western Air Ambulance charity (@gwaac) last November to coincide with Guy Fawkes celebrations. The evening was well attended with over 60 people turning up in the cold and dark, they were however well rewarded with a highly entertaining and educational evening. Proceedings commenced with a few challenges for the attendees designed to test their determination and resolve in finding the venue. Having overcome all that was thrown at them the assembly settled in to listen to Dr Phil Cowburn present a prehospital thoracotomy case which GWAA Critical Care Team had performed with assistance from Wiltshire Air Ambulance and land crews in Wiltshire. Following the presentation which was delivered in Dr Cowburn's uniquely entertaining style came the ritual 'burning of the long board' on the festive bonfire. The board was carried in a medieval style procession, through the darkness, to the bonfire where it was consigned to its fiery end. It should be noted that the guy strapped to the board was entirely nominal and did not represent any group or individual - apologies if anyone thought otherwise! The purpose of this activity was to demonstrate the demise of the board as anything other than an extrication device and to celebrate the hope that we no longer see patients strapped to a board excepting the most unusual circumstances. It was then back to the venue for curry and beer and our guest speaker. The audience was treated to Dr Gareth Davies - Medical Director of London HEMS talking about advances in trauma care and resuscitation. It was a fantastic experience to hear such a renowned figure share his expertise and experience with a spell bound audience. This treat was only matched by the look on Dr Davies face during the sacrifice of the board where he commented 'well it’s a bit different to how London HEMS do it - looks like we have a lot to learn'. Thanks go to all at GWAAC, the Scout Association for providing the venue and Boundtree for sponsorship. No trust property was harmed during the making of this educational experience.
Great Western Regional Group Monthly Meeting
Thursday 7th March 2013
Great Western Regional Group Monthly Meeting
Wednesday 30th January 2013
Issue 3 of the Great Western Regional Group Newsletter is now available for members. Please see attachment to view.
Please join us on the evening of Wednesday 21st November 19.30hrs-Late
Avon Country Scout HQ
Woodhouse Park Activity Centre
For an evening of Food,Licensed Bar and Bonfire with special 'Guy'
Presentations from 'Great Western Air Ambulance Critical Care Team'
Plus Guest Speaker Dr Gareth Davies - Clinical Director of London HEMS
Supported by BoundTree Medical
The Great Western Regional Group Study Day will be taking place on Friday 21st September 2012 at The Glenside Campus UWE BS16 1DD .
Nick Best, Learning and Development Lead, SECAMB
Dr Russell Delaney, Home Office Forsensic Pathologist
Mark Langley, HEMS North Devon Air Ambulance
Mr Gary Smart, Programme Lead, UWE
Dr John Thomson, National Poisons Information Unit
Mr Ken Wenman, Chief Executive SWASFT
Mr John Wood, Critical Care Paramedic, GWAS
Admission £10 for College members £40 for non-members. Lunch and refreshments included.
To book your place click onto 'CPD Workshops' and 'Book on-line now'
Meeting and Survey information from the Great Western Regional Group
The Great Western Regional Group of the College of Paramedics will be holding our next meeting on Wednesday 18th July at Dorman House, Malmesbury Rd, Chippenham, SN15 5LN at 1930 hrs - all members are welcome. We will be discussing the recent National Council meeting and AGM as well as continuing to plan an exciting programme of CPD events. In addition we are running a regional survey. We are very keen to get as much opinion and comment from members and non members at a local level, to help direct and shape the college. If you haven't yet done so you can complete the short survey by following the link below.
We are also pleased to announce that we have produced our first regional newsletter - please download your copy from this regional page.
Finally we would like to let you know that the next CPD study day is to be held at University West England on Friday 21st September 2012. This event will feature excellent speakers who are experts in their field - more details will follow shortly.
The next meeting of the GWRG will be on June 20th at 1930 hrs at 'The Nova Scotia' Nova Scotia Place, Hotwells, Bristol BS1 6XJ. All members are welcome. We have a full agenda and this meeting precedes the National Council meeting on 21st / 22nd June and is therefore your opportunity to raise any matters which are of particular interest to you.
The GWRG have embarked on two projects. Firstly we have produced a survey in order to canvas local opinion and views on the college. This is to try and determine how we can best develop a strategy to increase awareness and membership of the college in the great western region. To complete the survey please follow the link following link .
The group has also produced our first regional newsletter under the editorship of our group secretary Will Lee. You can access this newsletter by following the link on this page. It features a very interesting interview with Ken Wenman - Chief Executive of GWAS who is a great supporter of the college. The next edition is due out in August 2012.
The next meeting of the ‘Great Western Regional Group’ of the ‘College of Paramedics’ will take place in Bristol (meet in Bristol Station Crew room) on Wednesday 25th April at 19:30hrs. All members are welcome and there is a lot to discuss especially our involvement in AMBULEX Wednesday 13th / Thursday 14th June 2012 in Moreton in Marsh.
John Wood, Chair GWRG.
The Great Debate held by GWRG on March 14th was a 'Great Success'. Both teams made a well thought out, evidence based case, for their respective sides of the argument as to 'Is there a place for doctors in UK Pre Hospital Emergency Care' . This was followed by lively discussion and full audience participation, so much so, that the chairperson was forced to bring the proceedings to a close in order for everyone to get home at a reasonable hour! The GWRG would like to thank Dr Dindi Gill (Emergency Medicine Consultant, Morriston Hopsital, Swansea), Dr Curtis Whittle (Consultant Anaethetist / Intensivist, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol), Mr Mike Page (Critical Care Paramedic, Great Western Air Ambulance and Mr Adam Leyland (Operational Station Manager, Great Western Ambulance Service) for their participation in this event.
Grateful thanks also goes to St John Ambulance, Gloucester Division for their kind hospitality' and all those who attended the evening.
John Wood Chair GWRG.
GWRG are very happy to announce that we have entered a partnership with Frank Patrick (Physician Assistant at Weston General Hospital) to support a regular series of study evenings throughout 2012. The dates and subject for the evenings are below and members will also receive notification via email. The evenings run from 1930hrs - 2130hrs and cost just £2 for college members (£3 non college members). Membership cards will be needed to qualify for the discount. The venue is The Academy Hall, Weston General Hospital, Grange Rd, Uphill, Weston Super Mare, Somerset, BS23 4TQ.
Certificates will be provided for portfolio purposes. No need to book.
April 5th - Urological Emergencies - See download
April 17th - Neonatal Review
April 26th - Paediatric Update
May 17th - Subject to be confirmed (Andrew Newton)
May 23rd - Advanced ECG
June 28th - Gastroenterology
July 12th - Stoke Review
August 28th - Subject to be confirmed
Great Western Regional Group Meeting 13th February and Study Evening 13th March 2012
GThe ThThe Gre at Western Regional Group of the College of Paramedics are holding their monthly meeting on Monday 13th February at St John HQ, Commerce Rd, Staverton, Gloucester GL2 9QJ at 1930hrs.
All members are welcome to attend. We have lots on the agenda to discuss this month not least final arrangements for our 'Great Debate'.
This debate will be held on Wednesday March 14th at the same time and venue.
The topic 'Is there a place for doctors in UK Pre Hospital Emergency Care' will be debated by two opposing teams made up of a specialist paramedic and consultant doctor.
Great Western Region Study Day. Tuesday December 13th.
We are pleased to announce our final study day of 2011, which again is in collaboration with UWE, Bristol.
Once again we have a great line up of speakers and subjects, including:
Entry is a mere £10 for members or £40 for non-members (includes lunch)
The event starts at 9am for 9.30 untl 4pm
All very welcome!
Great Western Regional Group Meeting 25th October 2011
The College of Paramedics 'Great Western Regional Group' is holding their next meeting in Wiltshire at RAF Lyneham.
The date is October 25th at 1930hrs and all college members are welcome.
The group exists to promote the work of the college at local level through increasing membership, raising awareness of professional issues, supporting station champions and organising CPD events.
Look forward to seeing you there - John Wood Chair GWRG
Great Western Regional Group Study evening success!
The Great Western Regional Group (GWRG) held their first study evening at North Bristol Operations Centre (NBOC) in Bristol last Tuesday and what a night it turned out to be! Over 70 paramedics attended from far afield as Manchester, Oxford and the South Coast to participate in the event which examined the career pathway for paramedics.
The feedback from the attendees was excellent and the event was deemed a great success.
The GWRG would like to thank Great Western Ambulance Service, in particular Chris Cooper (Special Operations / HART manager), for making NBOC available to host this event.
Great Western Regional Group Free Study evening 27th September 2011 at 19.30hrs
Venue; North Bristol Operations Centre, 400 North Bristol Park, Filton, Bristol BS34 7QH
GWRG invite all College members to a free study evening. A number of local speakers will explore what it means to be a paramedic and examine the COP career framework. If you are interested in career progression and professional issues then please come along.
Sessions will cover:
The 'Paramedic' as a professional
Specialist Practice (Urgent Care/Critical Care)
The Military Paramedic
Open forum/Q and A
Please attend and help shape the future of our profession and advance patient care (and it's good for CPD too!!).
Next Meeting 23rd August 2011
Nova Scotia in Hotwells, Bristol BS1 6XJ at 19.30hrs
We will be discussing our forthcoming study evening, the regional CPD event to be held in December, Station Champions and more.
Next Meeting 27th July 2011
Nova Scotia in Cumberland Basin, Hotwells, Bristol. BS1 6XJ at 19.30hrs
LAUNCH OF THE NEW GREAT WESTERN REGIONAL GROUP: 29th JUNE, 2011
We would like to invite all CoP members in the GWAS region to the inaugural meeting of the new regional group.
We are planning to meet upstairs at the Nova Scotia in Cumberland Basin, Hotwells, Bristol. BS1 6XJ at 19.30hrs
At the first meeting we will ask members what they would like the new group to focus on and work out the best ways to achieve these aims, so it really will be open house for ideas.
It's your local group!
NEW CoP GREAT WESTERN REGION FACEBOOK SITE LAUNCHED, GO TO: CoP Great Western Regional Group
Regional Study Day May 26th at UWE, Glenside Campus, Bristol BS16 1DD
See the main site CPD page for details of this and other regional CPD events.
For the GWAS area we have a fantastic line-up of clinicians, plus others who will talk on a wide range of subjects. All this for a mere £5, which includes lunch. For further details contact the CoP office.
With a growing number of Full, Associate and Student Members of the College within our region it is important that the interests of these members are voiced at both a regional and national level.
With this in mind the College is keen to develop the Great Western Regional Group to ensure that members can communicate with the College on a more effective basis.
We are therefore looking for Full Members within the Great Western Region to represent their area at the Regional Group. These members will form a conduit to the Council and work actively to promote the College and its objectives to current and prospective members within their locality.
We are also looking for a number of College Members to take on the role of Station Champion. The purpose of this position is to take responsibility for promoting the College and its objectives at a station level, illustrating the work of the College and actively campaigning for their colleagues’ membership.
Whilst Regional Group Membership and Station Champion are both voluntary roles and can of course be occupied by the same person, it must be acknowledged that each requires the individual to commit to a degree of activity and College Members should ensure they take an active role.