Flight Nursing Webinar

Medical travel in the COVID-19 era: Where we are and where we’re going

15 Oct 2020 18:30 - 20:00



Registration for this webinar will close at 6pm on 15 October 2020

Medical travel in the COVID-19 era: Where we are and where we’re going. 

Are you a nurse working or interested in joining the aviation medicine industry? This is an excellent opportunity to gain relevant CPD and useful updates on how the industry has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hosted by the RCN Critical Care and Flight Nursing Forum, this free webinar will delve into the following areas of flight nursing:

  • Commercial air travel
  • Medical assistance
  • Air ambulance

View the full programme.


Get a taster of what's to come by reading the recent blog posts by the Critical Care and Flight Nursing Forum committee/members:

Air ambulance industry perspective: complex medicine and logistics in a rapidly changing environment

Adapting to the unknown


Learning outcomes

1  Understand the impact of COVID-19 on commercial air travel and the aviation industry.

2  Describe the challenges faced my medical assistance companies to adapt and change to support clients during a pandemic. 

3  Identify the key medical and logistical considerations for air ambulance medical evacuations for a COVID-19 positive patient.



Marlize Kuhn - Nurse Manager, MedAire: International SOS

Marlize started her nursing career at Steve Biko Academic hospital as a Trauma Trained Nurse. During this time she joined Air Rescue Africa (ARA) as a Flight Nurse. She spent 10 years at Steve Biko Academic Hospital before joining International SOS as the Chief Flight Nurse for ARA. She started with MedAire in 2019 as the Nurse Manager in Johannesburg. 


Talk summary

This presentation will discuss practical implications for air crew and passengers as commercial travel increases. COVID-19 brought global commercial air travel to a standstill in April 2020, and various procedures have been set in place in order to restore travel, whilst remaining safe and curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the stumbling blocks with regards to commercial air travel while COVID-19 is on-going.
  • Describe the procedures set in place in order to ensure safe travel for all passengers.
  • Understand the challenges as faced by air crew  who fall ill away from home.

Rachel Benbow - Chief Nursing Officer, International Medical Group

During her time working as a sister in accident & emergency Rachel joined the reserve 4626 RAF aeromedical evacuation sqn, where she developed her skills knowledge and love for flight nursing, after completing an operational tour Rachel left the NHS to take a full time role as case manager & flight nurse in the “assistance” industry. Rapidly scaling to chief nursing officer Rachel has completed both military and civilian flight nurse training and exercised those skills in each field. I am working with an excellent team at IMG and have had the opportunity and privilege to build a medical department, and repatriation service from the ground up. 


Talk summary

This session will cover the following; What medical assistance means, who are we, what do we do, where do we work?  The short term impact of COVID-19 on the assistance industry and the current impact of COVID-19. And to conclude, what next? Managing uncertainty. 

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the work of nurse in the international assistance industry.
  • Identify the client types our industry subscribe to.
  • Describe some of the challenges COVID-19 presents to our near and far future.

Dominic Rose - Clinical Services Manager, Gama Aviation

Background as a Senior Intensive Care Nurse at Bristol's Southmead Hospital before moving into the Chief Flight Nurse role at Capital Air Ambulance in 2013.  I now manage the emergency retrieval contract for Gama Aviation UK Limited service for the States of Jersey and Guernsey.  Responsibilities include remote risk assessment of patient’s condition and ability to tolerate transfer by air ambulance to access tertiary care, deployment of appropriate medical teams with relevant skills and experience to meet patient needs and hands on patient transfer and direct delivery of care from hospital bedside to receiving facility.

Talk summary

The pandemic has led to a paradigm shift in the co-ordination and delivery of aero medical evacuations and transfers, affecting all clinical staff involved in the service.  Medical care pathways and assessments have required complete review and revision to ensure that they continue to ensure patient and staff safety and optimal outcome.  Procedures and policies are having to be established at pace to ensure best practice and communication and key stakeholder management sees a continual evolution as the impact of the COVID-19 virus shapes change.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the difference in air ambulance between a COVID-19 positive patient and a COVID-19 negative patient. 
  • Describe logistical challenges presented to air ambulance operators as a result of the pandemic. 
  • Be able to explain the wider impact of the pandemic on the management of patients needing air transfer.

Page last updated - 15/10/2020