Our pool of event medics comprises dedicated people with a wide range of skills and experience.
It is essential that they all hold nationally recognised qualifications
All our first aiders possess an HSE First Aid certificate as a minimum, however, many have extended qualifications such as FPOS, FREC and some are Community First Responders for the NHS Ambulance Services. Additional skillsets such as administering medical gases (O2 and Entonox) as well as using an AED are common but not obligatory, it all depends on the event medical cover required.
Medical practitioners – doctors
A medical practitioner is a Doctor who currently has a licence to practise and registered with the General Medical Council of the UK.
Not all events require a Doctor in attendance so a medical resource assessment will quickly determine whether or not your event requires a Doctor and if so, the type and level of care required such as trauma management. In this case the practitioner engaged should hold a valid and appropriate competence, such as Advanced Trauma Life Support or Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (as an example).
It may be that primary care is required not just for participants but for event spectators too, then the doctor engaged would be competent in managing conditions/injuries that relate to those events. If a doctor is deployed to provide medical management at major incidents, they will hold a valid competence, such as Major Incident Medical Management and Support (MIMMS).
All Doctors come from a range of acute specialities, they will have recent A&E experience as well as access to a full range of treatment equipment, thus bringing the emergency room to the patient at the event.
As far as a Nurse on duty at an event, the competencies required will vary according to the nature of the event and not all events require a nurse to be present, those that do provide for injured patients to be dealt with on-site by an appropriate registered nurse. These would include wound closure, definitive minor injury management as well as certain medication for minor illnesses, removing the need for a trip to hospital.
A paramedic is a person who is currently registered as such by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Once again the competencies required by paramedics will vary according to the nature of the event. All of our paramedics hold the neccessary state registration and possess the full range of advanced skills and equipment needed to manage the seriously ill or injured patient.
- Non-emergency patient transport
- hold the relevant class of licence for the vehicle being driven
- skilled in the use of a range of lifting and patient-handling equipment
- the appropriate use of oxygen and analgesic gases
- airway management
- Drivers of non-emergency transport vehicles will hold the relevant licence and competence to drive such vehicles.
Emergency patient transport
In addition to non-emergency competencies, emergency transport personnel will have competence in:
- the assessment and management of emergency patients
- Drivers of emergency transport vehicles shall hold the relevant competence to drive vehicles in emergency (blue-light) situations.