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Evening lecture Royal Aeronautical Society 27 Oct 2014

The Aerospace Medicine Specialist Group of the Royal Aeronautical Society have arranged an evening lecture, to be held at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London on Monday, 27th October 2014 1800-2000.

The lecture, ‘Healthcare of European Space Agency Astronauts in Space and on Earth’, will be given by Dr Volker Damann, Head of the Space Medicine Office at the European Space Agency, and explore what happens when an astronaut gets sick or injured whilst on a space mission.

Attendance is free and further details, including a link to the registration website, can be found at Healthcare of European Space Agency Astronauts in Space and on Earth

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Important message about imminent changes to Class One certification and AME audit

The CAA recently held a Stakeholder event at Gatwick, which was attended on our behalf by Dr Clare Hunter. The meeting was set up, at short notice, to inform us of some changes which will impact on our practice, which will be brought in within the next few months. Formal notification from the CAA medical department will be sent to each AME in due course.
At the meeting, which had limited attendance, the following information was given:

1. New model for AME working: – in line with the EASA legislation, all AMEs will be required to take sole responsibility for all pilots (including Class 1)
– the EASA model appears to be set part way between what has historically functioned in the UK and in France – France currently has no independent Class 1 AMEs – they are all within Aeromedical Centres (the UK currently only has 3 AMCs but envisages that more will develop in time).
– the AMA advice service to certificate holders will cease to exist altogether
– a mini call centre, only for the use of AMEs will remain
– the current timeline for this is unknown but is expected to be within the next 6-8wks
– certificate holders can still contact the CAA but only by mail and for complaints regarding their AME, or appeals
– it is envisaged that by ending the service to certificate holders, this will free up more time to support AMEs & enable quicker processing of the caseload which the legislation requires the CAA (Authority Medical Section) to be involved in.

– it is hoped that, in the near future, AMEs will also be able to carry out the majority of Class 1 casework without needing to involve the CAA
– it is a longer term goal to improve the support to AMEs for Class 2 & LAPL medicals, though, this is currently not a priority
– it was mentioned that perhaps the AAME may have a wider role in supporting AMEs, in particular, to those newer to the role.

2. AME Audit schedule: – in line with the EASA legislation, all AMEs will be inspected every 3 years on a rolling basis
– this will start from October 2014
– all overseas AMEs will be liable for the T&S budget associated with this, however, every effort will be made to combine as many visits as possible in the same trip so as to minimise costs.

We will give full details as soon as they are available, but felt you would want to be pre-warned to avoid it being too much of a surprise. The committee will meet in mid October to discuss the implications, not least being the expectation that AAME will provide more support for AME, and the feasibility of this within our existing resources.
In addition to these changes, as some of you will already know, the CAA has started a consultation process on the possible outsourcing of medical services. Details are available on the CAA website.
Kevin Herbert
Chairman AAME

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How to change your password ………..

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.

Forum discussions

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.

Cabin Crew Medical Examinations

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.

Scientific Meeting 2014

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.

President’s Christmas message 2013

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

Members access

All current members should have received details of their username and password, giving full access to all of the pages.

If you haven’t received or can’t find your username 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.