999 EMS Research Forum Speakers

Melissa A. Bentley BS, NREMT-P.  
Melissa is a research fellow for the National Registry of EMT’s in the United States.  She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Public Health at The Ohio State University.  Melissa has been involved in EMS for 4 years.

“Characteristics Associated with Latex Sensitivity among Nationally Certified EMS Professionals”

Anne Spaight
Anne is a Chartered Physiotherapist, presently working for East Midlands Ambulance Service as the Head of Clinical Governance, Audit and Research. As a physiotherapist she gained considerable experience and expertise in the fields of Rheumatology and Neurology, and has lectured on both these topics nationally and internationally. Before joining the Ambulance Service nearly 5 years ago she managed NHS therapy and rehabilitation services for a number of years before moving into the charity sector as Head of Operations for a large healthcare Charity. She has a Masters degree in “Leading Innovation and Change” and now particularly enjoys establishing research in EMAS. She was awarded the MBE for her work for the NHS in 2004.

Patricia Coleman
Patricia Coleman has been a health services researcher in the Medical Care Research Unit (MCRU), at the University of Sheffield for more than 20 years.  During this time Pat has been involved mostly with policy-related research around immediate and unscheduled care services.

Pat’s presentation today is a qualitative analysis of interview data collected as part of a national workforce evaluation of Emergency Care Practitioners (NEECaP trial) led by Dr Suzanne Mason, also at the University of Sheffield.

Dr Richard Lyon
Richard is a Specialty Registrar in Emergency Medicine based in Edinburgh. He is currently a Clinical Research Fellow, sponsored by Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland, undertaking a unique MD thesis on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. He is also a sessional registrar with the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS), providing aeromedical retrieval from rural regions of Scotland.  Richard instructs on ALS, EPLS, MIMMS and BASICS courses and is a volunteer fireman.  His outdoor interests have taken him on walking, climbing and mountain bike expeditions across the globe. He has cycled across the Himalayas, ascending past Camp II on Mount Everest and has been lead doctor on expeditions to Europe, Canada, Costa Rica, China, Peru and Borneo.  He is a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps and has training in disaster, including chemical, biological and nuclear, management.   Richard has been involved with sports and event medicine for several years, providing medical cover to endurance events, sports meets, rock concerts and musical festivals across Scotland.  Richard was a doctor for the National Transplant Games and is team medic for the Edinburgh Capitals Ice Hockey team.  In his spare time he enjoys kitesurfing on the North Sea – the wilder the better!

Gareth Thomas
Gareth Thomas has over twenty years of experience in user-led community development and community-led action research. He is a qualified social worker and holds an MSc (Distinction), in Health Policy from Swansea University. In 2008 he received a Winston Churchill Grant and worked in Indonesia on an anti-malarial drugs trial before taking up the post of Researcher on Safer 1 (Support and Assessment for Fall Emergency Referrals) at Swansea University in 2009.