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SCAS16 – Shift Happens

This year’s Scottish Cardiac Arrest Symposium will be held on Friday 24th June 2016 in 3 venues across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

We’ll be highlighting the change in culture and clinical outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest across Scotland following the launch of Scotland’s Strategy for OHCA.

Just like last year, this year’s event is free to attend and we’re going multi-site – streaming content from Edinburgh to locally hosted events in Glasgow and Aberdeen, in addition to the usual simultaneous webcast, free to anyone with an internet connection!

We hope you can join us on the day, and you can join in the conversation now #SCAS16.


An all star line up - a chance to hear from colleagues and experts from around the UK and further afield

Maaret Castren

Surviving OHCA - a Global Shift

Prof Maaret Castrén is Chair of the European Research Council, Professor of Emergency Medicine Karolinska Institute and Professor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Clinical Science and Education, South General Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

Richard Lyon

On Being Awesome

Prof Richard Lyon is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Clinical Lead & Director of Research Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and Professor of Pre-hospital Emergency Care University of Surrey

Lisa MacInnes

Save a Life for Scotand

Lisa MacInnes is the National Programme Manager for Save a Life for Scotland and lead research nurse in the Resuscitation Research Group at the University of Edinburgh.

Paul Gowens

Scotland's Strategy - the Story So Far

Paul Gowens is a Consultant Paramedic & Health Foundation GenerationQ Fellow. He is currently undertaking a secondment to the Scottish Government, Health and Social Care Directorate as a national clinical advisor with a wide portfolio including, out of hospital cardiac arrest and major trauma systems.

Steve Brooks

Apps and PADS and ROC and Roll...

Dr. Brooks is a Clinician-Scientist and Emergency Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of the Keenan Research Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He currently represents the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada as a member of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Taskforce for the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation.

Steven Short

SH*T Happens - When it Doesn't Go to Plan?

Steven Short is a Resuscitation Officer at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Shorty is a founder member of the Resuscitation Research Group and helps run the Resuscitation Rapid Response Unit (3RU) based in Edinburgh.

Garry Mackay

Pit Crew CPR Workshop

Garry Mackay is a Station Manager, Training & Employee Development (project manager OHCA) with Scottish Fire & Rescue

David Bywater

Pit Crew CPR Workshop

David Bywater is a Consultant Paramedic in the Clinical Directorate of the Scottish Ambulance Service and Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest programme manager. He is also Co-Lead for the Sandpiper-WILDCAT project.

Murray McEwan

Community First Responders - the Future

Murray McEwan is National Community Resilience Manager for Scottish Ambulance Service in the National Risk & Resilience Department.

Stuart Ballantyne

Community First Responders - the Future

Stuart Ballantyne is the Chairman of the Trossachs Search and Rescue Team

Collville Laird


Dr Colville Laird is Director of Education for BASICS Scotland and is a Medical Advisor for the Sandpiper Trust. He is Chairman of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care and Co-Lead for the Sandpiper-WILDCAT project.

John Ferris


Gregor and Judy Newton

the Newton Award

Jerry Overton

Academy Award

Jerry Overton serves as the Chair of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, the organisation charged with setting standards, establishing curriculum, and conducting research for public safety dispatch worldwide.

David Hennelly

OHCA Ireland

David Hennelly is an Advanced Paramedic with the National Ambulance Service (NAS) in Ireland. In his role as Clinical Development Manager he works with the services Medical Directorate to develop and research enhanced systems of care and improved clinical pathways in Cardiac Arrest Management, STEMI Care and Major Trauma Care

Andy Ronald


Andy Ronald is a Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist and BASICS-Sandpiper Responder, and Chair of the Grampian Immediate Care Scheme. Interests include Human Factors, Prehospital Emergency Medicine and improving outcomes following OHCA in more rural and remote locations, and developing systems to support rural Responders.

Stuart Daly


Stuart is the Service Lead for the ScotSTAR- Emergency Medical Retrieval Service based in Glasgow. He has had an elective placement with the London Air Ambulance (HEMS), has spent time with the MedSTAR team in Adelaide, Australia and has experience of working within a mountain rescue team. His main interests are prehospital care, critical care and trauma.

Colin Crookston


Colin Crookston is the National Patient Safety Manager for the Scottish Ambulance Service, a member of the Resuscitation Research Group and one of the founding members of 3RU. He is also a Fellow of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme and a Fellow of the College of Paramedics. Currently, Colin is also a Clinical Doctorate student at the University of Stirling.

Paul Aitken-Fell

Consultant Paramedic

Paul is the Consultant Paramedic for North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and is the strategic lead for out of hospital cardiac arrests, Paul manages the NEAS cardiac arrest response unit and is the Clinical director for the BASIC’s scheme in the north east


This year we're going multi-site – streaming content from Edinburgh to locally hosted events in Glasgow and Aberdeen, in addition to the usual simultaneous webcast, free to anyone with an internet connection!



This is the mothership! Coming to you this year from the John McIntyre Conference Centre at Pollock Halls.

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Go West... to Cambuslang, and join us at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Training Centre.

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The Royal Burgh of Aberdeen is our Northernmost venue this year. Join us in the Granite City, winner of Britain in Bloom a record ten times...

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Your venue?

Your venue?

Why not host your own SCAS16 party? Grab some snacks, pour something cold and settle in to watch the fun on our live webcast. Tweet a selfie of you and your crew (or just you if you're flying solo) #scas16

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The Newton Award

New to this year’s symposium is The Newton Award and we want you to get nominating!

In April 2014 aged 43, Gregor Newton suffered a cardiac arrest at home and survived due to several factors being in place. His wife Judy, initiated CPR immediately, their children summoned help quickly. Bystanders assisted without question, call handlers co-ordinated and gained information quickly, community first responders delivered defibrillation, paramedics, police and many more that go un-recognised, were involved and helped save his life.

Without the help received from those professionals and volunteers, their family would not be intact today. The family wanted to create a way to simply recognise the outstanding work that is carried out all over the country on a daily basis. The Newton Award will be presented at SCAS16.

Nominations close at midnight on Sunday 29th May 2016

Please contact or with any questions.

Make a nomination

Academy Award

The Academy Award is a special recognition of outstanding performance by individual Ambulance Control Centre staff in managing OHCA. The ACC is crucial to every link of the chain of survival. From making the diagnosis of OHCA and getting bystander CPR underway, to dispatching the right resources to the job at the right time.

In partnership with the International Academies of Dispatch we want to highlight the call handlers, dispatch, clinical advisors and others at ACC who have done excellent work, often above and beyond the line of duty, related to OHCA 999 calls. Also those who have demonstrated outstanding innovation when dealing with OHCA calls.

If you know of a colleague you would like to nominate for consideration of the first ‘Academy Award’ for ACC, please take a few moments to follow the link below and send us a few words about their special contribution to OHCA management. It should take you less than 5 minutes. Thank you.

Nominations close at midnight on Sunday 29th May 2016.

Make an Academy Award nomination


How much does it cost?

SCAS16 is free to attend 🙂 It does cost a chunk of cash to put on a symposium this awesome, but SCAS is actually great value for money. The real cost of the symposium is around £60 per attendee and we rely on our sponsorship partners to cover this cost for you – so go and be nice to them!

What is SCAS?

The Scottish Cardiac Arrest Symposium is an annual event hosted by the Resuscitation Research Group at the University of Edinburgh. Since our first Symposium in 2013 we have gathered together thought leaders and innovators in the field of OHCA resuscitation from around the world to share their stories. The aim of SCAS is to encourage momentum around the treatment of OHCA in Scotland – in line with Scotland’s Strategy for OHCA and to develop opportunities for collaboration and learning with international partners.

Who is the RRG?

The Resuscitation Research Group at the University of Edinburgh is committed to research and clinical improvement with a focus on saving lives, having fun and being awesome.

RRG has a range of interests themed around optimising the management of critically ill patients and include the physiology and clinical management of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, non-technical skills in time critical resuscitation, the physiology of fluid resuscitation and the psychology of critical interpersonal interactions during the chain of survival.

We helped develop and are working with a range of partner organisations to deliver Scotland’s strategy for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. The Strategy aims to Save 1000 lives, train 500,000 Scots in CPR and position Scotland as an international leader in OHCA management by 2020.

Find out more about the Resuscitation Research Group at, and @rrg_edinburgh

I keep seeing ‘Save Lives, Have Fun, Be Awesome’ on your logo – what does it mean?

‘Save Lives, Have Fun Be Awesome’ is the tagline which sums up the RRG ethos. It reminds us that first and foremost we’re about doing research and development work to benefits patients. It encourages us to stay curious, collaborate widely and not take ourselves (or other people) too seriously – because life is too short for that. It exhorts us to aspire to be awesome clinicians and researchers – because our patients deserve awesome.


This play on words and the ambiguous logo communicates the fact that change is happening – there has been a positive shift in the way we think about OHCA and in clinical outcomes. We are moving from ‘SH*T happens’ to ‘SHIFT happens’!

What is the cancellation policy?

If you have to cancel, please let us know at as soon as you can – we run a waiting list and will offer someone else your place.

Where can I find out more about the Scottish Strategy for OHCA?

What is Save a Life for Scotland?

Save a Life for Scotland is the public face of Scotland’s Strategy for OHCA. SALFS is a collaborative of organisations committed to increasing survival after OHCA, it’s a call to action for the people of Scotland to be ready to do CPR, it’s a movement. To find out more about Save a Life For Scotland, visit our website at:

How are academics like pandas?

Where can I see video and photos of last year’s symposium? (you’ll need to register – but it’s free!)

I can’t make it on the day how can I watch SCAS16 live online? Or after the event?

We’d love you to join us online, either on the day or afterwards. You can find a link to the webcast here. Why not host your own SCAS16 party? Grab some snacks, pour something cold and settle in to watch the fun on our live webcast. Tweet a selfie of you and your crew (or just you if you’re flying solo) #scas16

I loved the short films I saw as part of SCAS – where can I watch them again/show my granny etc…?

All of the films made by the Resusciation Research Group can be found here:

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