YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE STEWART NAMED LECTURE BELOW, OR VISIT THE SOCIETY'S 'SOUNDCLOUD' TO LISTEN TO A RANGE OF PAST LECTURES.
The Stewart Lecture was established in 1969 to honour the life and work of Air Vice Marshal W K Stewart CB CBE AFC BSc MB ChB MRCP, who joined the staff of the RAF Physiology Laboratory in 1940 and commanded the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine (which the RAF Physiological Laboratory became) from 1947 until death in 1967.
The 2014 lecture saw Dr John Roberts, Chief Medical Officer at the NATS Occupational Health Services and Aero-Medical Centre, discuss the rapid changes in technology and commercial and environmental pressures that are currently affecting Air Traffic Management. He also explored how these may impact on the human element of air traffic control and the implications they may have on safety.
About the Speaker:
Dr John Roberts, Chief Medical Officer, NATS Occupational Health Services and Aero-Medical Centre
Dr John Roberts commenced his medical training at St Thomas Hospital London in 1978. During his intercalated BSc year he spent time at the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine, Farnborough, researching heat stress in RAF pilots. Following this positive exposure to service life he signed up for a 5 year short service commission as a Medical Cadet, but eventually served for 18 years as an RAF Medical officer. During his time in the service he gained membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners and became a GP trainer. He completed the Diploma in Aviation Medicine in 1992 and was awarded the Sir Andrew Humphrey Memorial Medal in 1993.
Leaving the service in 2000 Dr Roberts joined the newly formed Occupational Health Department of the the National Air Traffic Services (now nats), the UK’s largest air navigation service provider. However he maintained his links with the MoD by being a board Member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council for Chemical and Biological Defence. Gaining his membership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in 2006 he has continued to develop his interest in medical training and is currently the training programme Director for industry based trainees of the London School of Occupational Medicine.
Dr Roberts is currently the Chief Medical officer of NATS Occupational Health services and Aero-Medical Centre, where he and his team provide occupational health and regulatory medicals for NATS staff as well as initial and renewal medicals for both commercial and private pilots.