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Network Of practitioners For Emergency medicAl systems and cRitical care

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - NO FEAR (Network Of practitioners For Emergency medicAl systems and cRitical care)

Reporting period: 2019-12-01 to 2021-05-31

Emergency medical care in the EU is a fragmented chain including population, emergency medical services, volunteers, hospitals and cooperation with fire services, police and authorities. It needs to prepare to respond to new threats and assist casualties after security incidents. In response to this challenge, NO-FEAR is bringing together a pan-European network of practitioners, decision and policy makers in the medical and security fields. They will collaborate to achieve a common understanding of needs, as well as – in collaboration with academia and industries – increase the EU innovation potential that could better fill the operational gaps and recommend areas for future innovations.
The main objectives of NO-FEAR are to:
– create a long-lasting community of practitioners, interacting with a network of suppliers and academia,
– elaborate an innovation roadmap, with practical recommendations for uptake,
– advise relevant Research and Innovation projects,
– support market uptake of EU research results,
– issue policy and regulatory recommendations enabling collective procurement,
– indicate priorities for standardisation,
– support quick wins and practical short-term results, and
– implement a transactional dynamic portal providing fora, a catalogue, market place and flexibility to address new threats.
NO-FEAR started building an active network of practitioners, policymakers, suppliers and academia members at the very beginning of the project. Today, the network counts more than 200 members, coming from more than 30 countries. Members of the networks are constantly informed about the activities in the project, invited to interact in the NO-FEAR portal and to participate to the project events and webinars, taking into consideration the relevance of their expertise in the specific topic discussed.
The NO-FEAR portal was opened to the networks in August 2019. It has two sections: one is dedicated to practitioners, decision and policymakers and another is dedicated to suppliers and academia. Practitioners and policymakers from different organizations and countries have been invited to join the Network.
Needs, gaps, trends, threats, lessons learned, and tools are discussed and analyzed following a 6-months cycle, phased by the NO-FEAR events. In the first 18 months, NO-FEAR organized three events: a Foresight Exercise in Nice, a workshop in Madrid, and a demo in Rome. The Foresight Exercise was designed to frame the project vision and activities over the next five years, through a bottom-up approach, starting from the inputs provided by the practitioners, policymakers, suppliers and academia members. The Madrid workshop was organized back to back with the EMS Congress in Madrid to amplify the networking and interactions with the EMS sector and focused on identifying lessons learned and good practices in the field of security-related incidents, scene security, and ballistic PPE. The Rome demo was organized at the Gemelli hospital and in close interaction with the local staff, to maximize the practitioners’ involvement and interaction with the tools providers. It focused on the handover of the patient and hospital preparedness for an uncertain event and included a live exercise and hands-on activities on the tools presented.
NO-FEAR consortium concentrated huge efforts also on standardization processes: a standardization action plan has been delivered as a ‘living’ document, based on the research conducted into standardization related to emergency medical services and is part of a four-phased methodological approach for the undertaking.
In the initial phase, M1 – M12, the focus was on capturing an understanding of the standardization community and its landscape in Europe, identifying gaps and issues to set priorities for phase 2 undertaking; reviewing European project outcomes as it relates to standardization that is deemed relevant to emergency medical service and in particular. Strict cooperation with Stair4Security project has been set up with a dedicated workshop.
In the second phase that leads to M36 (August 2021) the project catches the pandemic outburst as an opportunity to share information and build capacity between the growing network of practitioners, academia, and SMEs.
During the first 18 months of the project, NO-FEAR has built a strong basis to achieve the expected impacts. An important network of external practitioners, policymakers, suppliers and academia members has been built and started to work together during the three workshops already delivered. External stakeholders form the two networks have appreciated the quality of demos and the quality of tools presented. NO-FEAR has improved knowledge sharing and a common understanding among practitioners from different countries and organisations. An important amount of needs, gaps and new products and innovations in a user perspective, already available on the NO-FEAR portal, has been disclosed. NO-FEAR efforts in the first 18 months have been directed to facilitate the integration between research results and products and practitioners. The importance of having both tools providers and practitioners within the Consortium gives us the chance to understand the mechanism below procurement and on the other hand, imagine how to shorten the distance between SMEs and users.
NO-FEAR has achieved results in expanding the cooperation with the other SEC 21 networks. In particular on the side of standardization, the ongoing partnership with the Stair4security project has achieved important results that can pay the way to create important impacts on the sector.
The participation of NO-FEAR at the Mediterranean Security Event, the Security Research Event and the round tables resulted in the establishment of cooperation with several networks of practitioners in complementary and similar fields. This cooperation has ignited fruitful activities that if reach maturation could lead to a significate impact on the sector.
In M36, initial targets met and exceeded. Today, the PDPM Network counts 250 members in total (214 practitioners and 36 policymakers), of which 168 have joined the portal. Members of the practitioners network are constantly informed about the activities in the project, the webinars and the events organized. A consistent number of practitioners regularly participate to NO-FEAR webinars as speakers or audience. Today, the SANE Network counts 150 members in total (103 suppliers, 47 members of the academia), of which 117 have joined the portal. Members of the SANE network are constantly informed about the activities in the project, the webinars, and the events organized. Several webinars have been organized to present tools and innovative solutions in specific areas, with the involvement of suppliers.
A 6-Monthly Cycle is established for documenting and reviewing gaps, needs, lessons learnt and recommendations from WP3, WP4 and WP5. Several public reports analyzing the lessons learned, best practices, gaps and needs discussed during the
events and webinars have been produced and disseminated.