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Providing exceptional patient care is at the centre of everything we do. Our robust training and development programme ensures our flight doctors and paramedics remain at the forefront of clinical excellence to give patients the greatest chance of survival and the best possible recovery.

Critical Care Paramedics (CCPs)

All CCPs have an experienced ambulance service paramedic background. As well as being HEMS (helicopter emergency medical service) flight crew trained, they have undertaken higher academic training at Warwick University and hold post-graduate certificates in pre-hospital Critical Care.

As well as standard paramedic skills, the CCPs can undertake:

  • Advanced analgesia and procedural sedation
  • Major incident command and control
  • Advanced extrication support and management

PHEM Doctor Training

Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) training provides experienced doctors with the chance to shadow the aircrew in the pre-hospital environment, predominantly from the RAF Cosford airbase in Shropshire.

All PHEM doctors are NHS consultants or senior training doctors with a background in anaesthesia, critical care or emergency medicine. As well as being trained in their core specialities, they have all undertaken extensive pre-hospital training and can provide the following advanced skills:

  • Pre-hospital anaesthesia
  • Advanced analgesia and procedural sedation
  • Resuscitative thoracotomy
  • Finger and tube thoracostomy
  • Surgical cricothyroidotomy
  • Limb amputation
  • Major incident command and control
  • Advanced extrication support and management

Clinical Governance Days

We run monthly Clinical Governance Days for all MAAC clinicians, local clinical volunteer teams and other guests on application to the Clinical Lead, Mark Nash.

The days help ensure pre-hospital care is continuously improved and developed. Each session includes topic teaching in the morning and case reviews in the afternoon.

The topics are based around key core subjects as well as other areas of interest.

Training and Education Centre

We continue to develop our clinical teams. With financial support of £241,000 from banking fines distributed by the Treasury, we were able to fund the development and delivery of a state-of-the-art simulation and training centre at our Tatenhill airbase. The building provides our clinicians with a facility where they can maintain and further develop their skills, and learn from the experience and knowledge of colleagues.

Download Doctor training for MERIT-HEMS operations guideline V2

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