Note: This project has now completed. We are however keen to help individuals or healthcare professionals run awareness sessions. We can provide materials and guidance to make your sessions a success. Contact us for more information about running awareness sessions.

At the start of the year the ADSHG paramedic training project started, with the generous financial support of the Society for Endocrinology (SfE). Our aim is to reach as many paramedics and ambulance crews as possible, all over the country, with a seminar focusing on adrenal crisis and emergency management of Addison’s.

The course comprises a module on Addison’s Disease set in context with the JRCALC guidelines for emergency management. Each seminar is complemented by members’ own experiences. We know that paramedics learn not just through theory, but by hearing real life accounts from real people.

Following an overwhelming response from over 50 members in December, our two volunteer paramedic training coordinators Polly and Richard having been incredibly busy matching volunteers up to training dates. 

We have secured commitments from several ambulance trusts and medical colleges, to deliver over 300 training places this year. Under the auspices of our Clinical Advisory Panel (CAP), we’re working closely with SECAmb (covering Kent, Surrey and Sussex) to prototype a training programme for their paramedic apprenticeship scheme. Training events were scheduled during April & May across the region : 

  • Tonbridge, Kent
  • Chatham, Kent
  • Redhill, Surrey
  • Crawley, West Sussex
  • Ramsgate, Kent
  • Burgess Hill, West Sussex

We are also worked closely with North East Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust to run 2 training events in Gateshead for 40 paramedics.

We're also involved in the SECAmb paramedic apprenticeship scheme. This saw us delivering training to each paramedic training cohort during 2019.

We're also worked with Liverpool John Moores University, to deliver training seminars to paramedics, nurses & midwives throughout 2019.

Read more about the successful additions made to the JRCALC 2017 guidelines for adrenal crisis, thanks to work by the ADSHG and The Pituitary Foundation.