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All Wales Pre-hospital and
Emergency Medicine Symposium (AWPHEMS)

Saturday 4th June 2022

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Cardiff PEMS will be bringing the All Wales Pre-Hospital and Emergency Medicine Symposium (AWPHEMS) to the University Hospital of Wales. Combining elements of both pre-hospital and emergency medicine, this one-day symposium is aimed at medical students and foundation doctors, with a passion for the emergency environment.



Dr Ami Jones

Pre-hospital, anaesthetic and intensive care consultant

Dr Ami Jones MBE is the lead consultant for EMRTS Cymru, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves with 203 Field Hospital, having undertaken two tours of duty in Afghanistan on MERT (Medical Emergency Response Team). Dr Jones will be talking about her experiences of pre-hospital medicine from both a military and a civilian perspective in this inspirational and captivating session.

Military Pre-hospital Medicine

Dr Duncan Thomas

Emergency medicine and Welsh Enhanced Care Unit consultant

As the ACCS lead and clinical lead for organ donation at the University Hospital of Wales, Dr Duncan Thomas also works as a TV medical advisor. In this session, he will be talking about his work in TV and how the dramatics of TV medicine contrast with the reality of the shop floor.

Casualty vs Reality
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Dr Bethan Morgan-Nicholas

Emergency medicine consultant and UHW Educational Lead

As Wales' largest emergency department and its only major trauma centre, the University Hospital of Wales sees its fair share of trauma. Dr Bethan Morgan-Nicholas will give an insight into the heart of South Wales' major trauma network and the challenges and complexities that the department faces.

At the Heart of the Major Trauma Network

Dr Ian Davis

General practitioner with an interest in pre-hospital care

Dr Ian Davis is a Cardiff graduate and a portfolio GP, now based in the Cotswolds. As a previous T&O trainee and now BASICs doctor, he is more than familiar with roadside trauma and has a decade of experience in polar medicine, travelling to the North and South Poles multiple times. His talk will introduce the range of opportunities available in emergency care, and take us on a a journey to the South Pole, not to mention what it’s like working for the Top Gear TV show.

The North Pole and Beyond


Point-Of-Care Ultrasound


This workshop will give you an understanding of the importance of POCUS, get you up to speed with the basics of ultrasound and teach you how to perform an Extended Focused Assessment using Sonography in Trauma (eFAST). The facilitator will first demonstrate the principles of eFAST, and will then give you the chance to perform the assessment yourselves, under their expert guidance.

Trauma triage and catastrophic haemorrhage control

Interested in the management of mass casualty events? Then this workshop is for you. Our facilitator will take you through the logistics of trauma triage, the principles of managing a mass casualty incident, and how to triage patients in an incredibly difficult and potentially dangerous situation. You'll also learn the fundamentals of delivering haemostasis in catastrophic haemorrhage, with the ability to use arterial tourniquets and various haemostatic dressings.

Difficult vascular access

This workshop will enable you to gain vascular access in even the most shut-down of trauma patients. With ultrasound on standby, you'll learn how to visualise vessels under ultrasound guidance and safely perform venepuncture and cannulation. Following a brief demonstration, you will be the one cannulating the patient! You'll also get the chance to practice intraosseous access using the EZ IO drill.

A-Z of airway management

A comes first in A-E, right? Confidence in managing a difficult airway is key in a deteriorating patient, especially in major trauma. In this workshop, you'll be practising using the various airway adjuncts, including nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal and supraglottic airways. Not only that, but following a brief demonstration, you will be intubating our simulated patient with a skilled anaesthetist on standby to support you through the procedure.

Splinting and immobilisation

Packing and stabilising the trauma patient is essential for any transfer in the pre-hospital environment. Our facilitator will need YOU to help stabilise and package our trauma patient, ready for transport. You'll understand the reasons why we rely on vital pieces of kit, and practise using the Kendrick Traction Device, scoop stretcher, pelvic binder and cervical spine control.


Abstract submissions are now open, and we greatly encourage submissions from students and foundation doctors, to present at AWPHEMS.

All accepted abstracts will be invited to present their poster during the presentation and networking period. The best submissions as decided by our judging panel will be invited to deliver an oral presentation to the delegates in the main auditorium.

Prizes will be awarded for the best poster and best oral presentation, with certificates for all those accepted to AWPHEMS.


AWPHEMS 2022 is kindly supported by a number of medical organisations:

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