London Cardiac Arrest Symposium Conference Information

About the 2015 Conference

The 2015 London Cardiac Arrest Symposium brought together an international renowned faculty of experts in the field of cardiac arrest management and addresses key questions concerning this most critical of medical emergencies.

Run in conjunction with the London Trauma Conference, the symposium promised its strongest ever line-up of internationally acclaimed speakers. The event took place at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington on the 11th December 2015.

As with previous years the delegates at the symposium represented a wide range of professional backgrounds from all over the world.

The symposium examined the latest developments and shared information from the front line whilst providing a novel insight for even the most experienced of delegates.

This year’s symposium included a review of the latest ERC guidelines by one of the authors, Prof Charles Deakin.

Prof Harris addressed the management of the acutely failing heart and how to avoid cardiac arrest, while Dr Simon Finney discussed how to support the failing heart post ROSC.

Understanding the patients perspective on surviving a cardiac arrest was presented by Mr Ken Spearpoint who shares his experience of his PhD thesis and the literature in this area.

Rob Morrison defined best practice in cases where resuscitation is not thought appropriate.

With updates on the latest automated CPR studies and a look at improving cardiac arrest survival rates in rural communities, the conference was a unique experience for Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics and Resus officers to update their working knowledge in important areas of cardiac arrest management.

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The Speakers


Professor Charles Deakin

Charles qualified from Cambridge University in 1988 and completed his higher medical training in London and Bristol before transferring to Southampton in 1994, where he was appointed to his current clinical post of Consultant in Cardiac Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, University Hospital Southampton in 1999. He also holds an Honorary Chair at the University of Southampton where he is Professor of Resuscitation and Prehospital Emergency Medicine. Professor Deakin's academic interests are focused on pre-hospital trauma and resuscitation. He has published extensively in these areas and is a regular speaker at national and international meetings. He chaired the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Committee of the European Resuscitation Council from 2001-2012 and was ALS co-chair of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation for the 2005 and 2010 resuscitation guidelines revisions. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and is lead for adult resuscitation for the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee, which sets the standards for paramedic practice. Professor Deakin founded the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance where he is the clinical lead, and also chairs the Medical and Survival Sub Committee of the RNLI.

Professor Conor Deasy

Conor Deasy is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine working at Cork University Hospital, Senior Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at University College Cork and Associate Adjunct Professor at the School of Primary Care, Monash University, Australia. He is Clinical Lead for National Office of Clinical Audit’s (NOCA) Major Trauma Audit in Ireland, Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine (IAEM), a member of the Irish Committee for Emergency Medicine Training (ICEMT) and an examiner for the College of Emergency Medicine.

Professor Simon Redwood

Professor or Interventional Cardiology/ Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Professor Redwood qualified from St. George’s Hospital Medical School. He trained in Cardiology at The Royal London Hospital, The Royal Free Hospital and St. George’s Hospital, London. Interventional training was obtained at The Washington Cardiology Center, Washington, DC and Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals. He obtained Fellowship of the American College of Cardiology in 2001 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2003 and Fellow of the Society of Angiography and Interventions in 2004. Professor Redwood is Professor of Interventional Cardiology/ Honorary Consultant Cardiologist and Director of the Cardiac Catheter labs at St. Thomas’. He is also President of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society. He is trained in all aspects of adult interventional cardiology including intravascular ultrasound, physiological lesion assessment using pressure-sensor tipped wires, stent implantation, rotational atherectomy, laser angioplasty including the laserwire for chronic total occlusions, and trans-catheter aortic valve implantation. His MD thesis was on the subject of the pathophysiology of acute myocardial ischaemia and he currently has particular interest in interventional cardiology based research including risk analysis and prediction of events post percutaneous coronary intervention, evaluation of coronary stents and coronary artery physiology. He runs an active research team, has over 100 publications, is lead editor of a major Interventional Cardiology textbook (Oxford Textbook of Interventional Cardiology), has raised over £2.7m in grant funding and has supervised >10 MD/PhD theses.

Ken Spearpoint

Nurse Consultant, Resuscitation, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Principal Lecturer, Medical Simulation, University of Hertfordshire. Ken commenced his career as resuscitation officer at St George’s Hospital in 1992 and moved to Greenwich 2 years later, finally settling at the Hammersmith Hospital in 1996, where he remains. In 2003, he was elected as the inaugural chair of the Council for Professionals as Resuscitation Officers and continues to support the recognition of and the professional development of resuscitation officers. Ken has a long association with the Resuscitation Council UK and is currently a member of the National Cardiac Arrest Audit steering group. Ken has an established research and publication portfolio. His doctoral thesis presented an in-depth, qualitative analysis of patients’ experiences of recovery from cardiac arrest. To this end he is committed to the promotion of patient-centred care and psychological well-being during early phase recovery from cardiac arrest.

Professor Tim Harris

Trained in Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care and Pre-hospital Care in Australia and the UK. He is currently working at Whipps Cross University Hospital Emergency Department and The Royal London Hospital. He completed a postgraduate Diploma in USS in 2008 and is the EM ultrasound lead for NE Thames. He is lead for research at RLH and for the London School of Emergency Medicine. His research interests are in critical care ultrasound, emergency airway care and resuscitation.

Dr Barney Scholefield

Dr Barney Scholefield is a clinical academic researcher within the field of paediatric neuro-critical care. Working in partnership with the University of Birmingham’s Perioperative, Anaesthesia and Critical Care Trials (PACCT) Group. He is the UK Chief Investigator for the Therapeutic Hypothermia after Paediatric Cardiac Arrest (THAPCA) study funded by the The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, USA. He has published peer-review articles on therapeutic hypothermia and feasibility of clinical trials. An enthusiastic teacher and communicator on the themes of hypothermia and post cardiac arrest management; lecturing widely at national and internationally level.

Dr Marius Rehn

Marius is as HEMS SpR with London´s Air Ambulance with a PhD in trauma systems. He is also a Senior Researcher with the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation and an Associate Professor in pre-hospital critical care at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

Dr Simon Finney

Simon studied at St Andrews University and spent time at University College London Hospitals during his clinical training. He has several areas of expertise, including intensive care, extracorporeal support (ECMO, Novalung), transoesophageal echocardiography and cardiothoracic anaesthesia. He is also one of five consultants working in our specialist ECMO centre for adults, which was commissioned by NHS Specialised Services. His current research interests include acute lung injury, extracorporeal support, statistical analysis of large data sets and the utilisation of clinical information systems on the ICU, and family satisfaction on the ICU.

Professor Philip MacCarthy

Philip trained in Bristol and Oxford before completing his PhD in endothelial function at the University Hospital of Wales (with an MRC Clinical Training Fellowship). He was appointed as Consultant Cardiologist at King's College Hospital in 2003, Clinical Lead for Cardiology in 2007 and Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Services at King's in 2012. He specialises in radial (wrist) coronary intervention (angioplasty/stenting) and structural cardiac intervention, running the successful PFO/ASD device closure and trans-catheter aortic valve (TAVI) programmes at King's. He has an active research programme and his interests include coronary physiology, primary angioplasty and trans-catheter aortic interventions.

Mr Mark Whitbread

Mark Whitbread, London Ambulance Service Clinical Practice Manager, has achieved outstanding results by leading change in the field of cardiac care. Mark has worked tirelessly to ensure that for cardiac arrest patients early defibrillation is the norm and not the exception, and instigated the evidence-based changes to ensure all heart attack patients in London now receive timely primary angioplasty as the gold standard of care.