Now that the EASA requirements for Cabin Crew medical examinations and attestations are in force AMEs are likely to be asked to perform these examinations.
The AAME advises all AMEs who are asked to perform these examinations to ensure that as far as possible they are familiar with the working environment and tasks including emergency procedures which cabin crew are expected to be able to perform. Airlines may be in a position to assist AMEs who require help to understand the cabin crew environment.
The CAA has published the requirements for EASA cabin crew medical assessments on the Medical Department website – Information for health professionals.
The requirements were implemented from 8 April 2014.
Isn’t it time that you had a look at the discussion forums on the website? Whether you are an experienced AME or only just been approved, everyone has something to contribute – either in raising issues (and you can be sure that if it is an issue for you, it is for others as well) or in joining in the discussion.
Perhaps you are a GP who has been asked about LAPL medicals or an OHP thinking of doing cabin crew medical examinations. You can still participate in discussions even if you are not an AAME member, by using the public forum.
Members can access the ‘members’ forum’ here and everyone can use the public forum by following this link.
The Association’s 2014 Scientific Meeting took place at the Radcliffe Conference Centre, Warwick University in April 2014.
Thanks particularly to Huw Thomas for putting together another stimulating and varied programme and to our colleagues from the SAAME for the gift of whisky to fill the Tappit Hen.
We’ve posted some pictures from the meeting and the Gala Dinner in the Gallery.
There will not be a Scientific Meeting in 2015, as the 63rd International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine will be held in Oxford in September 2015. I am sure that many AAME and SAAME members will want to attend all or part of this major international meeting. More details on the meeting website.
The dates of the cabin crew seminar at Gatwick have been changed so that it doesn’t interfere with your Bank Holiday weekend. New confirmed dates are 17-18 May 2014. Full details including how to register are on the events page.
Those of you who are planning to or thinking about offering cabin crew medical assessments might be interested in a 2 day weekend course that will be taking place at the Virgin Atlantic headquarters in Crawley, West Sussex. The event has been posted in the events calendar and full details, including how to register for the event, will available shortly.
Those who attended the recent CAA seminar on drugs and alcohol – and those who didn’t – might be interested in the briefing from the BMA Occupational Health Committee on Alcohol and drugs in the workplace – the role of medical professionals.
As we prepare for Christmas and then the close of a very busy year it is a time to reflect on achievements and those things that still remain on the “to do” list. For many of us this year has seen added focus on the needs of robust Appraisals and the concerns regarding the introduction of Revalidation. The work the Association and its Chairman has done on behalf of its members that might otherwise have been significantly disadvantaged has been, I believe, a major breakthrough. We had had an excellent Annual Scientific Meeting this year and are now on a clear pathway to encourage members and others to engage with this valuable aspect of Continuing Professional Development within our area of practice. As the need for and the standards of AMEs continues to rise I believe the Association’s members can feel proud of the progress made and recognize its specific contribution to flight safety and health promotion among our patients.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chairman and the Association’s committee for all their hard work on our behalves. I would also like to wish all members a restful, happy Christmas and all the best for 2014.
David Gradwell President
Over the next few days I will be adding all current members to the website user group, giving full access to all of the pages. You will receive an email with details of your username and password.
If you haven’t heard from me and would like to be added to the user group, please contact me via the ‘contact us’ page.
Please make use of the website services, such as the forums – they are there to provide members with the opportunity to discuss matters of common interest, whether it be about your AME work or your passion for aviation. I’d also love to add some more of your aviation or AAME images to the gallery, if you are happy to share them.
I hope that you are happy with the Association’s new website. As well as offering additional functionality, such as the forums, the site also allows you to improve your online security by setting your own password,
Hover your cursor over the ‘Hello…’ box in the top right corner, and you will get a drop-down menu which includes ‘edit your profile’. You can change your password in this menu, as well as choose whether to receive updates by email.
You can also receive automatic updates by using the RSS button – click on the button to take you to the page where you can set up the feed.
If you have any problems or suggestions, please contact me via the ‘contact us’ form.