Pre-hospital / Emergency / Critical Care experience of Medical Director

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Dr Robert S. Coull

Dear North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust,

1. Please provide details of the level training and experience of your Medical Director in the follwing specialities:

- pre-hopital immediate care
- emergency hospital medicine
- critical care medicine
- air ambulance medicine

Information should include:
- qualifications held in those specialties
- time spent in post in those specialties
- the highest grade worked at in each speciality
- the date of last working in that speciality.

In addtition please provide the following information:

2. Is your Medical Director an active pre-hospital doctor?

3. How many 999 calls does your Medical Director attend on average per year as a pre-hospital doctor?

Yours faithfully,

Dr Robert S. Coull

FOI Enquiries, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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FOI Enquiries, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

North West Ambulance Service

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Dear Dr Coull

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Christina

Christina Burke
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Strategy and Planning Directorate
North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
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FOI Enquiries, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

North West Ambulance Service

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FOI995

Dear Dr Coull,

I refer to your FOI request regarding the pre-hospital, emergency and critical care experience of the trust's Medical Director.

1. Please provide details of the level training and experience of your Medical Director in the following specialities:
- pre-hospital immediate care

The Medical Director has the Diploma in Pre-hospital Care (2009), Major Incident Management Training (MIMS) (2009) and he responds alongside paramedic colleagues regularly.

- emergency hospital medicine

The Medical Director is a partner in General Practice since 1997 (FRCGP, DCH) and is also a senior Clinical Fellow in Emergency Medicine at Salford Royal Hospital Trust since 1998 (2.5 sessions currently, prior to this he worked 4 sessions a week). He is also an Advanced Paediatric Life Support Instructor.

- critical care medicine

The Medical Director has had no further training in critical care medicine since basic training

- air ambulance medicine

The Medical Director has had no training in air ambulance medicine.

Information should include:
- qualifications held in those specialties
- time spent in post in those specialties
- the highest grade worked at in each speciality
- the date of last working in that speciality.

In addition please provide the following information:

2. Is your Medical Director an active pre-hospital doctor?

The trusts' Medical Director has formal training in General Practice and is a Fellow of the Royal College Of General Practitioners. He is not an active pre-hospital doctor, our medical directorate is made up of a complement of Associate Medical Directors. The majority of our patients have urgent care needs, which require an understanding of both urgent primary and secondary care, which is where the Medical Director has spent his career. He has been a partner in General Practice since 1997, worked in Salford within the urgent and emergency care system since 1998 (one of his responsibilities there was setting up the out of hours care system and he was clinical director of urgent care). True emergencies make up a crucial but small part of the patients being cared for by NWAS. Across 111, 999 and patient transport services that are under the Medical Director's clinical responsibility, NWAS receives approximately 4.5 million requests for care each year out of which we have about 800 patients cared for by the air ambulance service. The crucial part of the service involving emergency pre-hospital medical care is managed and assured by the Associate Medical Director with the appropriate experience, qualifications and skills.

We have four Associate Medical Directors, all with an interest in emergency and urgent care. One is a consultant in emergency medicine with extensive air ambulance and pre-hospital experience, who works as the Medical Director's deputy and is responsible for this emergency pre-hospital oversight. The others all have an interest in emergency or prehospital care, but have a range of primary qualifications that mirror the needs of our patients.

3. How many 999 calls does your Medical Director attend on average per year as a pre-hospital doctor?

The Medical Director attends calls alongside paramedic colleagues. Over the year this would be around 60 calls per year.

The NWAS website contains this short biography :- After completing medical school in Manchester, David spent time working in Emergency Medicine in the Blue Mountains region of Australia. In 1996 he returned to start work as a partner in a small practice in Manchester, which began as a single handed practice and has now become a practice with eight partners and 15,000 patients. David has always maintained a clinical role in emergency medicine alongside his general practice work. Until 2008, David worked as the clinical lead for urgent care for Salford Primary Care Trust, opening the Salford GP out of hours service where he supervised the training of Greater Manchester Ambulance Service Emergency Care Practitioners. In 2008 David moved to NWAS working initially as Area Medical Director for Greater Manchester, before moving on to his current role as Medical Director.

I hope this information is of assistance.

Kind regards,
Dawn

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