The Larrey Lecture 2016



The Larrey Lecture 2016


13th July 2016, Cavendish Conference Centre, London


Professor Douglas Chamberlain, CBE: The Ambulance Service: Past, Present and Future

In presenting the inaugural Larrey Lecture to a packed audience in London this week, Professor Douglas Chamberlain, the founder of the first paramedic unit in Europe more than thirty years ago, spelt out his vision of the 21st Century ambulance service. 





“What the ambulance service ought to be…”  

  • A single UK service with elected officers, including paramedic and medical advisors, for major policies;Regional autonomy to deal with day to day matters for areas of 1 to 2 million people;
  • A uniform national scheme for advanced level paramedics for critical and home care;
  • Use of private services only for non-emergency transport, never to be used as a response for “red” calls from the public, although his experience of the service and training provided by private companies was very good;
  • A reliable communication system which never fails;
  • Closer relations with the fire service, moving towards full integration
  • Regular liaison with other related bodies and contact with international ambulance organisations to exchange information and learn from each other;
  • Full community involvement to include first responders’ alert within 30 seconds of an ambulance call out and effective telephone CPR to achieve first compression within 2 minutes of a likely cardiac arrest.


At the end of the lecture David Davis, Founder and Chairman, The Larrey Society, presented Professor Chamberlain with The Larrey Lecture Medal for his contribution to the nation’s healthcare.

The event was sponsored by Smartgate Solutions Ltd, developers of health and social care quality compliance services, and other speakers were Professor Andy Newton, President of The Larrey Society and Chairman of the College of Paramedics, and Dr Carl Gwinnutt, President of the Resuscitation Council (UK).

For copies of the souvenir brochure, email your name and full postal address to Lisa Freeman

We hope to see you at the Larrey Lecture 2017, watch this space for details!


David Davis Founder & Chairman, The Larrey Society