Ambulance Leadership Forum

Ambulance Leadership Forum (ALF) 2018

20-21 March 2018
Chesford Grange, Warwickshire, UK

Against a backdrop of some of the toughest challenges UK ambulance services have ever faced, the clock is now ticking towards one of the most significant dates in the ambulance service calendar as we look forward to the next Ambulance Leadership Forum.

With year on year demand for UK ambulance services continuing to increase at a rate of 7% and 999 calls to ambulance services now at an all-time high of 11.2 million per annum (2016-17) there has never been a better time for senior managers and others with an interest in the effective management of ambulance services to come together and share ideas and best practice in a supportive and high-profile environment.

Reserve 20-21 March in your diary now.
Bookings are now available and being taken here.

The International Paramedic / EMS Mental Health Roundtable – another ALF first!

This year’s event will also see an exciting new development in the introduction of the first International Symposium to promote Psychological Welfare in Paramedic, EMS and Ambulance staff, which will be held on Thursday 22 March and Friday 23 March 2018.

This event has been developed with the support of the International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine and leaders from the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (UK & Ireland), the Council of Ambulance Authorities (AUS/NZL/PNG), the National EMS Management Association (USA) and the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada.

The purpose of this additional invite-only symposium will be to tackle the incidence of staff mental illness, self-harm and suicide within ambulance services by promoting understanding and strategic planning between these international ambulance associations to deliver organized support for paramedic psychological well-being.

An event to be proud of

As ever with our high-level conference and networking event, ALF 2018 is open to all with an interest in pre-hospital urgent and emergency care – clinicians and senior managers through to directors and board members of NHS and associated healthcare bodies.

As in previous years, staff from AACE member ambulance services receive subsidised places and these bookings are co-ordinated through each individual trust CEO’s office.
Delegates from non-member organisations can book and pay online.

Reserve 20-21 March in your diary now.
Bookings are now available and being taken here.

We are grateful to our overall conference sponsor Lightfoot and also to our supporting sponsors ORH and Priority Dispatch for helping fund our exciting conference line-up.

Although some of our speakers will be confirmed on our website closer to the time, as ever we guarantee that the final line-up will be of huge interest to our audience.

Aside from international speakers, we have already confirmed Niall Dickson, CEO of the NHS Confederation, Chris Hopson, CEO of NHS Providers and Nigel Risner, the award-winning speaker on Leadership who focuses on communicating and team relationships in the workplace.

Over the two days of ALF 2018 guests will have the opportunity to hear from a range of other important speakers, network with a broad spectrum of healthcare colleagues, participate in workshop sessions and applaud excellence at the ever-popular ALF Gala Awards Dinner.

Martin Flaherty, Managing Director of AACE says:

The pre-hospital care community has come to understand that ALF is the key annual event in the ambulance service conference calendar. It is where we come each year for stimulating debate and to discuss ideas about the ongoing development of emergency and urgent care and the contribution made by UK ambulance services.

With the intense challenges facing the ambulance service today, the 2018 ALF event is shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet, but places with accommodation are limited so I would strongly advise people to book now and avoid disappointment.

The ALF Gala Awards Dinner 2018

On the evening of Tuesday 20 March 2018, AACE is delighted to host the ALF Gala Awards Dinner to which all are welcome. Dress code is business suit / smart casual (uniform or black tie is not required).

As always, the Gala Awards Dinner will be an excellent opportunity for Ambulance Leadership Forum attendees to applaud excellence, discuss developments from the last year, and network with colleagues. We anticipate a great opportunity for social and business engagement.

However, most importantly, the evening provides an opportunity for AACE and colleagues to recognise members of staff from across all UK ambulance services who have provided truly outstanding service, going above and beyond the call of duty in a variety of categories that represent the whole breadth of service delivery.

It promises to be an exciting night with some real ambulance service stars unveiled on the night!

Reserve 20-21 March in your diary now.
Bookings are now available and being taken here.

The venue – Chesford Grange

Chesford Grange is one of the most accessible and well-appointed conference venues in the west Midlands, being close to major road networks including the M40, M42, M6, M69 and M1. It has been traditionally popular with ALF delegates and has over 650 free car parking spaces and high quality free wifi for all delegates, as well as an indoor pool and fitness area.

Sponsors and exhibitors

AACE is proud to welcome and extend sincere thanks to the following sponsors who help ensure that ALF remains an affordable and enjoyable event for all delegates:

… and the organisers welcome enquiries from those wishing to support the ALF, whether via sponsorship or as part of the exhibition. For more details contact Steve Irving at AACE on 0207 783 2036 or via

For a recap of ALF 2017, click here.



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