Videos of Lectures Given During the Event
Guests were invited to attend lectures given by 208 Field Hospital personnel on various aspects of military medicine, in 1914 and in 2014.
The Trenches to Helmand
RSM Bob Dixon & Staff Sergeant Gary Dwyer
Warrant Officer Class One (Regimental Sergeant Major) Bob Dixon RAMC joined the Regular Army in 1991 and trained as a Combat Medical Technician. Upon completion of training he was initially posted to Minden in Germany and took every opportunity to travel, play sports and take part in adventure training during his time there. Subsequent assignments have seen him move frequently between the major garrisons in England and Germany but now in the twilight of his career he has taken his final tour of duty here in Liverpool.
During the last 23 years WO1 Dixon has been deployed on operations in Northern Ireland, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan primarily with front line units. He has also been lucky enough to go on many overseas exercises in places such as Kenya, Canada, USA, Belize, Jamaica, South Africa and Gibraltar.
WO1 Dixon says: "The Army has been a way of life that is very different to that of our civilian counterparts and has certainly provided me with plenty of opportunities, not only for travel but for self improvement in all areas of my life. My current assignment with the Army Reserve has been an interesting and challenging time but has been thoroughly enjoyable throughout.
Biography of Staff Sergeant Gary Dwyer to follow shortly.
Shell Shock to Post Traumatic Stress
Major Bev Sapre (RAMC)
Major Sapre (Royal Army Medical Corps) joined the Army Reserve as a junior doctor in 2002 in order to try something different and take on a new challenge.
She was enthusiastically welcomed into the Unit and has now completed her medical training, currently working as a Consultant Psychiatrist. Her military career has complemented her civilian job very well and kept her grounded.
Since joining she has been given many opportunities for personal and professional development; she has been a medical escort on trips to Burma and Libya, trekked through the Grand Canyon, been to Gibraltar as well as attended a host of leadership courses. She views the Army Reserve as a great source of training and development for any doctor, as well as a good place to make life-long friends and would highly recommend it.
A Doctor's Role: Then and Now
Captain Andrea Sheel (MBChB, BSc(Hons), MRCS(Eng))
Born and educated in Ormskirk, Lancashire, Andrea travelled to the bright lights of Liverpool for her undergraduate medical education.
She joined the 208 Field Hospital as a second year medical student and after completing basic training, commissioned and passed out of the Sandhurst PQO course in 2008.
During her penultimate year at medical school she also took an intercalated Honours degree in Anatomy and Human Cell Biology. She graduated from Liverpool Medical School in 2009 and completed her Foundation Doctor training at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. She was appointed as a Core Surgical Trainee in Mersey Deanery in 2011 and in 2013 was successfully selected into a National Training Number (NTN) in General Surgery. She is currently in her second year of surgical registrar training and plans to specialise in gastrointestinal surgery. When she is not working, training with the unit or skiing, she enjoys travelling, photography and running.