The first ever National Ambulance Resilience Conference took place on the 20th September 2012 at Silverstone Racetrack and has been declared ‘a great success’ by Conference Chair Robert Flute.

The conference was staged by the National Ambulance Resilience Unit and took place as part of the ambulance service’s premier national AMBITION 2012 event.

Conference Chair Robert Flute, Head of Resilience and Special Operations at East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust said:

“The conference was a great success, in that it was the first time that NHS ambulance resilience issues have ever been debated on the national stage, in such an open forum.

“Running the conference as part of the ambulance service’s premier annual event, AMBITION, was key to the success of the conference because it meant that delegates had the opportunity to visit an excellent exhibition packed with useful and relevant exhibitors, during breaks in the conference programme.

“It also gave people from across the ambulance service the opportunity to network and meet up with colleagues they perhaps hadn’t seen for quite a while.

“The feedback we’ve had from delegates and visitors has been so encouraging that I am determined that the National Ambulance Resilience Conference becomes an annual event and remains a key part of the wider AMBITION event. We are already thinking about plans for next year, hopefully to include wider involvement from a range of partner agencies involved in national resilience, so watch this space.”

The event was attended by a broad range of ambulance staff, including paramedics, EMTs, HART teams, Operations Managers and Directors, Resilience Leads, Emergency Preparedness Leads, Education & Training personnel and those with a professional interest in interoperability issues. Those working in other pre-hospital situations, A&E or military hospital environments and those operating alongside the ambulance service in partner agencies such as fire and police were also present.


Alongside the conference a number of national ambulance meetings were held at Ambition 2012, including:

  • Chairs of all NHS Ambulance Trusts
  • Chief Executives of all NHS Ambulance Trusts
  • The National HART Vehicle and Equipment Group
  • The Heads of Procurement for all NHS Ambulance Services
  • Staff from all Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) in the country plus Scotland and Wales


Click here to see the 2012 Conference Programme.

If you require any information about the 2012 event, or the AMBITION 2013 event, please email the organiser Carl Rees at or call +44 (0)7958 547727.

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