Speakers 2017

“It takes a system to save a life.”

Keynote Speaker

Dr Gregor Smith

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government

Dr Gregor Smith is proud to be a GP and was appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Scotland in October 2015. Prior to this he combined roles as a Senior Medical Officer in the Scottish Government and medical director for Primary Care in NHS Lanarkshire. He spent most of his clinical career as a GP in Larkhall, Lanarkshire and is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Glasgow and Fellow of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.

He is passionate about continuous quality improvement and innovation in healthcare, with a particular interest in person-centred care, shared decision making and working in teams. He is a resolute advocate of the values that define our NHS, of universal healthcare, and of widening access to medical careers to those from all backgrounds. When not working, he tries very hard, but not so successfully, to use his quality improvement skills to improve his cycling, triathlon and guitar.

To find him on Twitter, follow @DrGregorSmith


Kate Burley

Associate Director, Scottish Trauma Network

Kate Burley has a NHS background serving more than 35 years. Her clinical background has been served in Emergency Care. She was a long serving Paramedic/Emergency Care Practitioner and Tutor/Trainer with experience in working within the emergency care settings in other countries including North America. In her later years Kate concentrated in senior ambulance service management where she specialised in coronary heart disease, external relationship building, National Event Management and Executive Assistant to the CEO.

Kate was the Director of various Managed Clinical Network’s over a period of twelve years, including work streams in: Heart, Stroke, Cancer, Maternity, Newborn and Pediatrics services’. Extra responsibilities came in the form of Citizen Senate’s & Patient Voice and Insight programme’s which Kate has a particular interest in.
Kate has been a member of a number of national external reference groups; including the Department of Health National Emergency Cardiac Board and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) National Stroke Advisory Board contributing to the document “Supporting Life after Stroke”.

In July 2016 Kate had the pleasure of being in the role of ‘Head of ScotSTAR’ with The Scottish Ambulance Service. Since June 2017 Kate has had the honor of undertaking the position of ‘Associate Director for The Scottish Trauma Network working within the National Specialist and Screening Services Directorate (NSD) of NHS National Services Scotland.


The Sandpiper Wildcat Team

The Sandpiper Wildcat Project Team is made up of Keri Fickling – Project Manager, Keith Jensen – Project Facilitator, Lorna Donaldson – Project Facilitator. All 3 are currently on secondment to The Sandpiper Trust from The Scottish Ambulance Service. Between them they have over 60 years’ front line Ambulance experience.

Keri Started with the Ambulance Service in Wiltshire before transferring to Huntly, during her time as well as working on front line Ambulances she has worked on various pre hospital improvement projects within Grampian, is a trained HEMS paramedic with HM2 at Inverness and has assisted the training team with Practice Placement Education.

Keith has worked in Various stations across Grampian, including Stonehaven and Peterhead. He has held roles on both the Rapid Response Motorbike and car in Aberdeen. Keith is also a qualified BASICS instructor.

Lorna has also worked in various locations in Grampian but primarily Inverurie and as well as her front line duties she has been involved in various projects such as Heartstart, CFR training and more recently the ACCESS study in Aberdeen.

Together they are now tackling the issue of OHCA within Grampian. The Sandpiper Wildcat Project aims to equip teams of volunteers within 50 identified locations across Grampian with AEDs and Vehicle locator systems so that in the event of an OHCA SAS Control can contact one of these responders to attend where they will provide the patient with potentially lifesaving early CPR and Early Defibrillation.


Angela Lewis

Director, Personal Support Aviation

Angela is the founder and director of PSA, a company that delivers training in the principles and practice of Human Factors (Crew Resource Management for the aviation industry).  Her goal is to optimise human performance by considering the behaviour of people and how they interact with each other and their environment.  A CAA accredited CRM instructor, Angela brings people to a better understanding of their own limitations in order to minimise human error and mitigate its negative consequences in high pressure situations.

Angela served 16 years in the Royal Navy in the Fleet Air Air, where she was an aircraft commander in Sea King Helicopters with primary responsibility for the mission and safety, in addition to the duties of navigation, winch operator/winchman and emergency medical technician.  She saw operation in the North Arabian Gulf in 2003 and spent 12 years based at HMS Gannet undertaking Search and Rescue duties.  In 2015, alongside her crew, she was awarded the Prince Phillip Helicopter Rescue Award for leadership, courage and professionalism for a rescue from Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis on one of those Scottish Winter nights.

She has a specialised interest in the effect of traumatic incidents on teams and individuals, and trained in Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) implementing and managing it at her SAR Unit where it delivered considerable results.  Also trained in Critical Incident Stress Management, she has a wide understanding of peer support and has trained Mountain Rescue Scotland in creating a team of MRT volunteers in order to do exactly that.  In the last few years she has been working with ScotSTAR Emergency Medical Retrieval Service as well as West Yorkshire Police, the British Association of Ski Patrollers and Airport Fire Officers Association as well as adapting the principles for use in an education environment.


Greg Gibson

Senior Medical Educator, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Greg commenced his Ambulance career in 1978 and is currently a Group Manager with Ambulance Victoria. He completed his Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) qualifications in 1988 and holds a Graduate Diploma in Health Administration.

During his career he has held positions including Flight Paramedic for Victoria Air Ambulance and OMEGA, Group Manager of Clinical Support/Quality Assurance for Metropolitan Ambulance Service, Course Coordinator of the Advanced Clinical Training Program for Queensland Ambulance Service, Tactical Operations Supervisor for Tasmanian Ambulance Service, Lecturer at the Monash University Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice, Senior Medical Educator – RACGP Clinical Emergency Management program and Member of the National Medical Advisory Committee – Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).

As a Flight Paramedic with OMEGA, he has travelled extensively overseas repatriating Australian tourists who have been injured or become ill whist travelling. Greg was also on the third AusAid Medical Team to the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2005. He has been a keynote Speaker at Emergency Medicine conferences in USA, Taiwan, and Australia.

To find him on Twitter, follow @greggibbo


Paul Aitken-Fell

Lead Consultant Paramedic, North East Ambulance

Paul Aitken-Fell is the the Lead Consultant Paramedic for the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. He is an active member of the Critical Care Response unit with a tertiary response to all Critical Care Cases in the Trust.

He has the strategic responsibility for developing and implementing the Trusts Cardiac Arrest Strategy and has a particular interest in Advanced Paramedic systems including cardiac arrest management.

Paul is also the Clinical Director for the BANE Basics scheme in the North East of England and the Chair of the College of Paramedics Consultant Group.


Case Study Discussions


Dr David Hogg

Rural GP

David is a GP on the Isle of Arran, Scotland. He has interests in emergency care, mental health and child health.

He is lead for IT, patient access and undergraduate teaching at Arran Medical Group. David is a member of Arran Mountain Rescue Team and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Remote & Rural Medicine at Glasgow University.

He is Editor of RuralGP.com, member of the RCGP Scottish Council and Chair of the Rural GP Association of Scotland.

To find him on Twitter, follow @davidrhogg david.ruralgp.com


Dr David Cooper

GP Trainer

David Cooper is a full-time GP partner at the Old Machar Medical Practice in Aberdeen. He graduated from Aberdeen University in 1997 and trained as a GP, entering partnership at Old Machar in 2002.

Over the last 15 years he has developed many interests including GP Minor Surgery, Primary Care IT, and medical education. He is chair of the NHS Grampian Primary IMT group, Executive Member of the Scottish National Users Group, and sits on a variety of NHS Grampian and NHS Scotland IT steering and advisory groups. He is the clinical lead for Aberdeen City CHP minor surgery service, and has been a GP trainer since 2006. He is also involved in undergraduate medical teaching and has recently taken on the position of Senior Clinical Lecturer for Aberdeen University.

He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of GPs in 2012 in recognition of his training and pre-hospital work. David has been an enthusiastic and active BASICS Scotland responder since 2004 and a BASICS instructor since 2009. He is the vice chair of the Grampian Immediate Care Scheme.

Outside of Medicine he is a keen musician, playing cornet in the local brass band where he is also the bandmaster and chairman. He has a very understanding wife and 2 children – Katie and Sophie.


Dr Iain B Craighead

GP & BASICS Responder

Iain is a GP & BASICS responder working in Dingwall, Ross-shire. In his spare time he acts as the crowd doctor for Ross County football club where he rarely sees a patient but experiences moments of great elation and profound depression over the course of the same afternoon. Over the last 25 years he is fortunate to have been a GP trainee in the A & E department in Aberdeen under the wise tutelage of Mr James Ferguson and to have worked for 8 years in Kirkwall alongside Dr Kirsty Cole where he started BASICS responding in 2014.

Prior to this he worked as the medical lead in a leprosy and rehabilitation hospital in Pokhara, Nepal providing rehabilitation for civilians and Maoist insurgents during the civil war.


Dave Bywater

Consultant Paramedic, Scottish Ambulance Service

Dave joined the Scottish Ambulance Service in 1996. He has extensive experience in working in urban, remote and rural regions. Dave has worked across all areas of the service. In his current role as Consultant Paramedic, he is the lead for the Scottish Ambulance Services commitments to the National Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy.

Dave is an experienced pre-hospital emergency care instructor, teaching regularly on both adult and paediatric courses. He is the Vice Chair of BASICS Scotland and  a course Director for the ERA in Scotland 2016 & 2017.


Dr Benjamin Shippey

Director, Clinical Skills Centre

Dr Shippey is a graduate of the University of Nottingham medical school who trained first as a physician in the Midlands, then subsequently as an anaesthetist and intensivist in South East Scotland. He has collaborated with simulation centres in the Netherlands and Germany to produce a high-fidelity simulation resource for the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, and sat on the steering group which implemented the Competency-Based training in Intensive Care Medicine in Europe (CoBaTrICE) project. He has lectured on simulation, and assessment, and has published book chapters and journal articles on the principles and practice of simulation based learning.

Dr Shippey was the Royal College of Anaesthetists College Tutor In NHS Fife, and for the last two years has been the RCoA Lead Tutor. He is currently involved with the development of a curriculum for peri-operative medicine.

In September 2014 Dr Shippey took up his post as Director of Clinical Skills and looks forward to developing and expanding the activities of the Clinical Skills Centre, with a focus on non-technical skills, mastery learning of procedural skills, and postgraduate training.



Paul Castle

Paul-CastleRoyal National Lifeboat Institution

From leaving school at 16 and joining the Royal Marines, Paul has spent his whole adult life in one uniform or another. After leaving the regular marines he joined the Scottish Ambulance Service in 1989 spending the next 24 years based in Arbroath, 20 years of that as a Paramedic.

In 2003 Paul was called up from the Reserve forces and spent the next 6 months working in Iraq as a medic. While in the ambulance service Paul was invited to join Arbroath’s lifeboat crew and has been on the crew ever since. He left the ambulance service 5 years ago and joined the RNLI as an instructor  travelling around the country teaching an advanced form of first aid termed Casualty Care. There are no ambulances where he works so the crews have to be self-sufficient and competent in a wide range of life saving skills.

Outside of work Paul is still very involved with the Royal Marines via the RMA and Commando 999 raising money for the marine charities.

Stephanie Jones

New Clinical Response Model, Scottish Ambulance Service

Stephanie Jones has worked in the ambulance service for the past 11 years. She started in the East ACC as a call handler, dispatcher and then supervisor before becoming a technician and then paramedic at Dunfermline station. For the last year she has been working on the Scottish Ambulance Service New Clinical Response Model which gives her the opportunity to understand what each patient needs and send the right help first time every time.

Highlights of her career so far have been working at the Commonwealth Games and being awarded a BSc in Urgent and Emergency Care earlier this year. When not at work (which isn’t very often!) Stephanie can usually be found up a mountain skiing or out and about in Edinburgh.