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Subspeciality Training - Pre-hospital Care
The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC) has undertaken a considerable amount of work in relation to a PMETB submission for the recognition of prehospital and retreival medicine as a sub specialty. This work involves defining a curriculum and assessment process as well as curriculum matching to the primary specialties (EM,anaestehisa, intensive care, paeds & general practice).
An intercollegiate board is to be established and in the future we hope a duel CCT created. A needs analysis has shown probably 200+ jobs for appropriate specialists including medical roles within NHS ambulance trusts administration. Immediate carer practitioners (enhanced skills), doctors working on HEMS and retrieval systems, doctors as part of MERIT teams, doctors with specific roles in CBRN resilience as well as other non NHS roles. It is anticipate training will be delivered regionally, though the exact timing within the medical curriculum is to be determined and may vary between specialties.
Jim Wardrope, CEM President, has given full support to this development as well as invaluable advice.
Anyone interested in pre-hospital care may consider contacting their local BASICS organisation, and should consider BASICS membership.
Formed in 1977, the British Association for Immediate Care, BASICS, is a voluntary organisation whose members provide skilled medical help at the scene of an accident, medical emergency or during transport to hospital. BASICS is a registered charity which acts as the national co-ordinating body for both Schemes and individuals providing Immediate Care throughout the United Kingdom.
Prof Keith Porter
Professor of Clinical Traumatology
University of Birmingham