Paramedics and first responders are invited to improve their skills and knowledge through CPD-accredited seminars at The Emergency Services Show (ESS), taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 21 and 22 September. With over 450 exhibiting companies and organisations showcasing the latest advances in everything from ambulances to emergency medical care and protective clothing, there will also be numerous opportunities for visitors to handle new kit and access medical expertise.

The popular 30-minute College of Paramedics workshops will run on both days of the show. This year’s programme covers a wide range of topics including innovations in automated CPR, the latest guidance for extrication in trauma, managing inappropriate behaviours, packaging wounds to save a life and a snapshot of the latest Bundle 9 updates for JRCALC. Multiple sessions also cover mental health issues include assessing mental health state in crisis presentations, music therapy for PTSD and paramedic student mental health. No pre-booking is required and all those attending will be provided with CPD certificates.

Five further CPD-accredited seminar theatres at The Emergency Services Show will cover Emerging Technologies, Lessons Learnt, Health & Wellbeing, First Responders and Future Policing.

The Emerging Technologies Theatre will showcase the latest technologies and innovations to improve emergency service response and patient outcomes. More than 20 years after the introduction of the 12-lead ECG, Markus Feist, Clinical Educator as GS Elektromedizinische Geräte G. Stemple GmbH will take a detailed look at what ECGmax, a 22 lead ECG offers today’s practitioners. Lynda Sibson, Telemedicine Manager – East of England Stroke Telemedicine Partnership is among panellists in a debate looking at Connected Emergency Services: Enhancing blue light services with digital technology.

The Health & Wellbeing Theatre will address physical and mental health for emergency responders. In the first six months of 2021/22, almost 1 in 3 people who came to The Ambulance Staff Charity for help were experiencing suicidal thoughts. The charity’s CEO Karl Demian and Wellbeing Support Counsellor David Snelders will outline the 24-hour support they offer and share practical advice, tips, and techniques on recognising suicidality. Former paramedic Carol King of the Ambulance Service Action & Support Group will call for a public inquiry to root out the causes of bullying, sexual harassment, and discrimination against ambulance workers.

The Lessons Learnt Theatre will focus on learning from real-life events and how to share best practice, ideas, and innovation, including a session on Development of a bleeding control system within mental health settings.

The Extrication and Trauma Challenges also return as an interactive experience for participants. Hosted by West Midlands Fire Service, the challenges showcase the latest technology and equipment in action, live streamed to large screens within the exhibition hall.

This year’s Emergency Services Show will be the biggest yet with more than 450 exhibitors. Audax will be showcasing the latest innovation in Body Worn Video. Ortus will be exhibiting a range of new technologies for the sector including cutting-edge corpuls defibrillation, monitoring and CPR devices, the latest ventilation developments from Weinmann, as well as new telematics and asset monitoring technology. Zoll Medical will be demonstrating its latest products for defibrillation and monitoring, circulation and CPR feedback, data management, therapeutic temperature management, and ventilation. Galen, the distributor of Penthrox (methoxyflurane) in UK and Ireland, welcomes all visitors looking for information and advice on its stand. Stryker UK will demonstrate its comprehensive range of innovative medical equipment including the latest CPR devices and monitor/defibrillators.

Show visitors will also be able to find out more about the Hybrid Connex Digital Ambulance of the Future Project from emergency service vehicle connectivity specialist Excelerate Technology. This two-year research and development programme is designed to transform digital and clinical capability of ambulance services through the development of the next generation of robust, ‘always-on’ connectivity. The joint NHS and commercial technology initiative will provide the UK ambulance sector with resilient connectivity for ambulances that combines 4G, 5G, and satellite connections, ensuring that the crew are never offline and enabling a new range of clinical and diagnostic applications that could remove the need to convey patients to hospital.

Among the many ambulance suppliers exhibiting this year are Ford, Venari, Blue Light Services, MAN Truck and Bus, VCS, WAS UK and Wilker UK. Alfa Dropbox will showcase its ground-level loading ambulances and AMZ Vehicles will be showcasing a vehicle built for one of its private ambulance customers.

In the networking hub of the show, The Collaboration Zone, over 80 emergency services, voluntary groups, charities, and NGOs will be sharing details of the support they offer. Organisations involved include AACE, Air Ambulance Association, British Heart Foundation, Resuscitation Council and the Independent Ambulance Association. Entry to The Emergency Services Show and parking at the NEC are both free