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Flight Nursing Workshop 2019

19 Oct 2019 09:00 - 16:30

RCN London, 20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London, W1G 0RN

Going Global: Safety… Let’s think beyond the patient

Are you a nurse working in or interested in the aviation medicine industry? This is an excellent opportunity to gain relevant and useful CPD and network with fellow flight nurses.

This workshop aims to:

  • Provide an overview of what’s topical and relevant to nurses working in aviation from a global perspective, challenges and how to overcome them.
  • Offer an insight into aviation and nursing, to promote career development within the industry
  • To support advanced clinical knowledge in relation to areas of practice where autonomy is supported

“This study day was very informative and interesting. It covered many topics and was useful for both frequent fliers and those new to the field”.
RCN Flight Nursing Workshop delegate, October 2018 

RCN London
20 Cavendish Square

20 Cavendish Square is located behind John Lewis, Oxford Street.

Visitor car parking

Q-Park Oxford Street is an underground car park situated underneath Cavendish Square.  You can pre-book your parking by visiting the Q-Park website.


The nearest stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street.


There are many buses routes that stop nearby, including the 10, 25, 55, 73, 98 and 390.


London has five major airports: London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton and London Stansted.

  • London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports have dedicated express train services into central London.

  • London Heathrow and City airports are directly connected to the Tube network.

  • National Express, Easybus and Greenline coach transfers run 24 hours a day and start as low as £2 when booked in advance.

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Planned topics include:

Personal safety as a flightnurse – who is looking after you?
Fatigue management
Career development in flight nursing
Safety in flight – a commercial airline perspective
Natural disasters – mass evacuation case study


Professor David Gradwell
David was appointed by King’s College London as Professor of Aerospace Medicine at the end of 2012 after more than 28 years in the RAF.  In that role he has been responsible for all postgraduate teaching in aviation medicine at KCL, given to doctors from the UK and overseas. 
Shortly after taking up his appointment David set up an aeromedical clinic at the Lane Fox Respiratory Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital, the only NHS out-patient clinic provided by a specialist in aviation medicine.  There he sees patients with serious chronic conditions to provide advice to their clinicians on the challenges of flight an air travel.
David’s military career was spent almost exclusively in aviation medicine.  He was a consultant from 1993 and Consultant Advisor from 1998.  In 2012 was appointed a Queen’s Honorary Surgeon.
He is the senior editor of the standard UK textbook of Aviation Medicine and contributes to other textbooks and journals in the UK and around the world.  He is Chair of the Aviation & Space Medicine Specialty Committee of the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians and is a Past President of the Aerospace Medical Association.

Lecture: Is the sky the limit? Aerospace medicine and our patients.
The flight environment poses challenges to human physiology although for most passengers of commercial aircraft these are quite modest.   However, it is important to understand the nature of the physical and physiological effects of flight so that the specific needs of patients with pre-existing conditions can fly without adverse effects.  Professor Gradwell will outline the effects of flight and consider how these become of direct effect on specific patients with a case studies.  The means of assessing and minimizing any adverse consequences or when appropriate advising to postpone flight will be discussed.

Giles Hall 

Giles trained as a nurse in 1998 after leaving the Royal Navy and spent 10 years in critical care, including a humanitarian mission to Sudan as a disaster relief nurse.
In 2011 he joined International SOS as an in-flight nurse and became a medical trainer 2 years later. 
For the last 5 years he has worked in the Security Services Division of International SOS as Head of Quality and Training. Giles is still a nurse.

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Flt Lt Sally Tippett MSc BSc PgCert
Flt Lt Sally Tippett is a Royal Air Force Nursing Officer. She completed a BSc in Chemistry with Business and Management at the University of Manchester before completing an MSc in Adult Nursing at the University of Essex. Upon qualifying she worked in the NHS in Manchester as a Staff Nurse from 2007-2010. In 2011, Sally commissioned into the RAF and has worked in a variety of Critical Care units in hospitals in Portsmouth, Birmingham, Stoke, Oxford and Cheltenham. In 2013, she completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing at Birmingham City University and qualified as a Flight Nursing Officer in Sept 13. She regularly covers the Strategic Critical Care Air Support Team (CCAST) rota as a Flight Nurse.
Sally has completed several operational deployments including deploying in 2012 to the Intensive Care Unit, Bastion Role 3 Hospital, Afghanistan as an Intensive Care Nurse and in 2014 returning to Afghanistan as a Flight Nurse on the Tactical CCAST, transferring critically ill patients for specific treatment within the operational theatre. In 2017, she deployed to the Caribbean as the CCAST team leader as part of the UK response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, providing specialist aeromedical evacuation medical cover to the disaster relief operation. 
Sally lives in Cheltenham and enjoys messing about in boats and exploring the countryside with her dog.



Need a helping hand with securing time off or funding to attend? Please download these helpful hints and tips as well as a template letter you can use.

Accrue over 7.5 hours of CPD to count towards your re-validation
Take time out to reflect on your professional journey and current practice: what can you do to improve the patient experience and outcomes?
Network with like-minded peers from across the UK, build professional relationships and share your experiences / ideas
Discover how innovation will affect what you do and how you do it


   Ex VAT  Inc VAT
 RCN member  £82.50 +VAT  £99
 RCN non-member   £123.75 +VAT   £148.50


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Bookings can be made by phone with payment by credit card/Maestro, by calling: 02920546460. Lines are open from 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Bookings can also be made by post with a downloaded booking form with credit card details or payment/remittance advice posted to: Event registrations, PO Box 2329, Cardiff CF23 8YZ

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Payment by invoice is available on request. A Purchase Order and booking form are required.

All bookings will be confirmed in writing.

You will not be registered for this event unless payment accompanies your application. Places cannot be held provisionally

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