ALF 2019 Report

ALF 2019: a report of proceedings
A seat at the top table of UK Ambulance Services

The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives Ambulance Leadership Forum (ALF 2019) took place 19-20 March, 2019, at Chesford Grange, Warwickshire, UK.

Organisational development, the Carter Review, Project ‘A’ and leadership in the ambulance service were just some of the hot topics on the agenda for 2019’s annual event.

You can get a recap of social media proceedings on Twitter at #ALF2019. 

Organised and managed by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) this important event enabled senior managers, suppliers and others with an interest in the effective management of ambulance services to join forces to share ideas and best practice in a supportive and high-profile environment.

Delegates from both the UK and overseas enjoyed two days of exceptional speakers and presentations. You can recap the 2019 Agenda here.

As ever with this high-level conference and networking opportunity, ALF 2019 was 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 well as suppliers.


The Ambulance Leadership Forum has become one of the most significant dates in the ambulance service calendar and among the line-up of speakers for 2019 were:

You can view the full line-up of speakers and contributors here.

Read or download the ALF 2019 Speaker Presentations here.

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The 2019 Agenda

Day One focused on the main conference programme while the morning of Day Two featured 12 separate sessions across three concurrent conference streams to allow focused groups to learn and exchange ideas of particular interest.

The ALF Gala Awards Dinner 2019

On the evening of Tuesday 19 March 2019, AACE hosted the ALF Gala Awards Dinner to which all were welcome. 

As always, the Gala Awards Dinner was an excellent opportunity for Ambulance Leadership Forum attendees to applaud excellence, discuss developments from the last year, and network with colleagues.

However, most importantly, the evening provided 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 represented the whole breadth of service delivery.

View the list of deserving recipients for 2019 here. 

Research papers

For the first time at ALF we will featured five presentations at conference of research papers relevant to ambulance service delivery and leadership,  having received a healthy response to our call for abstracts. This welcome addition to the already busy agenda provided a prestigious platform for those seeking to provide evidence for development and change.

Delegates also benefited from pop-up banners featuring Best Practice and Innovation from around the UK as AACE member services highlighted areas of local practice that have potential national significance.

Global Paramedic Leadership Alliance (GPLA) 2019 Summit, 21-22 March

Following the success of the 2018 Global Paramedic Leadership Alliance (GPLA) employee mental health event, ALF 2019 was followed immediately by the 2019 GPLA Summit, taking place at the same venue on 21st and 22nd March.

This year the discussion focused on the impact of organisational culture upon employee mental health.  View the Agenda for GPLA 2019 here.

AACE were proud to host this important summit for another year. The GPLA Summit brings together a firm commitment between ambulance associations from the UK, Canada, America and Australasia to share best practice and research across a wide range of topics and especially to ensure that mental health stigma is mitigated across the pre-hospital care arena.

The programme included progress over the last 12 months in relation to employee mental health across the host nations considering new research and interventions.  We also explored employee mental health and wellbeing from the wider organisational culture context considering its impact upon our staff. 

We built on last year’s success with colleagues learning from both national and international colleagues, whilst providing ample opportunity for interaction, discussion and solution-finding.

Read or download the GPLA 2019 Speaker Presentations here.

The venue – Chesford Grange, Warwickshire, UK

Chesford Grange is one of the most accessible and well-appointed conference venues in the west Midlands. It has been traditionally popular with ALF delegates and has over 650 free car parking spaces and high quality free wi-fi for all delegates, as well as an indoor pool and fitness area. Get more details about the hotel on their website here.

Thanks again to our main sponsors

The main commercial partner for ALF 2019 was Optima.

We also extend our sincere thanks to these sponsors for supporting the event:


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For more details about ALF contact Steve Irving at AACE on 0207 118 0977 or via