Mr Andy Thurgood - Chairman and Clinical Director
Location - North Worcestershire
Qualified in 1990, Andy is an advance nurse practitioner and non-medical prescriber. He is a senior Instructor on many pre-hospital courses, teaching nationally and internationally. Andy is now a Consultant Nurse and works from portfolio, a director of two medical organisations, corporate medical advisor for an international company and is also the Medical Director of West Midlands Fire Service. With over 26 years of clinical experience in acute nursing, Andy has progressed his professional portfolio to being one of a small handful of non-doctor immediate care practitioners in UK who work autonomously in areas normally associated with level 7/8 doctors in pre-hospital care. He is the course director of the Birmingham University medical student's pre-hospital trauma course and the In-hospital Trauma Course run by the West Midlands CARE team and the FPHC Prehospital Trauma Course.
In 2002 Andy was awarded the Queen's Golden jubilee medal and in 2012 the Diamond jubilee medal for voluntary work with the emergency services. Faculty of Pre-hospital Care Appointments, examiner for DIMC and FIMC RSCEd, elected nurse representative, FPHC Board, Training and Standards board member and DIMC/FIMC Examinations development group. In October 2016, Andy was award the Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Andrew is the deputy clinical director of another immediate care scheme within the West Midlands, the West Midlands CARE team.
Professor Gavin Perkins
Location - Knowle
Attended the first pre-hospital undergraduate trauma course run at the University of Birmingham by West Midlands Care Team in 1994. Active in pre-hospital care since that time. Appointed as a Consultant in Critical Care Medicine in 2006 at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and became Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Warwick in 2010. Professor Gavin Perkins is Co-Chair of the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation BLS/AED Group, Chair of the ERC BLS Working Group and Chair of the Resuscitation Council (UK) ALS Committee. His research and clinical interests are in resuscitation and critical care. He has published numerous original research papers, reviews and books. In addition to being a member of MARS, he works with West Midlands CARE Team and WMAS MERIT service. In 2002 Gavin was awarded the Queen's golden jubilee medal and in 2012 the Diamond jubilee medal for voluntary work with the emergency services.
Dr David Balthazor
Location - Solihull
"Qualified from University of Birmingham, 1996. DIMC RCS (Ed) 1998, MRCS 2001, FRCA 2005 and FFICM 2014. Trained in West Midlands and Australia. Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, with an interest in critical care ultrasound. Started working in pre-hospital care with the West Midlands CARE Team in 1995. In addition to being a member of MARS, he works with WMAS MERIT service and Midlands Air Ambulance
Dr Karl Thies
Location - Bromsgrove
Karl is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Birmingham Children's Hospital. Special interest in Major Trauma, Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine and Paediatric Anaesthesia. Started Pre-hospital care as a paramedic in 1979 in Germany. From 1990 to 1997 training in Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine at Göttingen University (Germany) From 1997 to 2001 Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pre-hospital Care at Göttingen, Lead Clinician HEMS Göttingen. 2001-2005 Consultant in Anaesthesia and Prehospital care at Nijmegen University and the National HEMS (Netherlands). Main achievement: setting up the European Trauma Course Programme. Specialist Register entry - Anaesthetics (Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine) In addition to being a member of MARS, he works with West Midlands CARE Team, WMAS MERIT service and Midlands Air Ambulance. Honours: Fellowship of the European Resuscitation Council, Fellowship ad eundem of the Royal College of Anaesthetist
Mr Richard Steyn
Location - Knowle
Richard Steyn is consultant thoracic surgeon at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham and he has also worked in general practice. He took part in the original NHS Cancer Services Collaborative and was appointed the National Clinical Lead in demand and capacity for the NHS Modernisation Agency. Richard is the immediate past chairman of BASICS. In 2002 Richard was awarded the Queen's golden jubilee medal and in 2012 the Diamond jubilee medal for voluntary work with the emergency services. Holder of the FIMC RSC Ed
Dr Matthew Boylan
Location – South Worcestershire
Qualified as a doctor in 2002. During his time at medical school and his early years as a doctor he developed a strong interest in prehospital care through work with his local ambulance service, motorsports. Following his move to the West Midlands he joined County (now Midlands) Air Ambulance as a HEMS doctor. He continues to fly on a regular basis. He also works as a MERIT Doctor for the West Midlands Ambulance Service. Awarded the Diamond jubilee medal for his work with Midlands Air Ambulance. In addition to being a member of MARS, he works with West Midlands CARE Team (Clinical Director) WMAS MERIT serviceand Midlands Air Ambulance. Holds the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care (RCSEd, 2006), PGCert in Health Incident Command (2011), and the Diploma in Retrieval and Transfer Medicine (RCSEdin, 2012).
Dr Malcolm Russell MBE
Location - Hereford
Malcolm trained as a GP and has been a BASICS doctor for 11 years before moving to Hereford. He has extensive experience in pre-hospital care in a wide variety of environments world-wide and believes passionately in the importance of delivering high quality pre-hospital care as part of an integrated team. Malcolm is a qualified HEMS Doctor and director of a medical company. In addition to being a member of MARS, he works with WMAS MERIT service Midlands Air Ambulance (Interim Clinical Lead) Awarded the Queen's diamond jubilee medal for voluntary work with the emergency services. Examiner for DIMC and FIMC RSCEd
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Mr Mark Dawes
Location - Cannock
Mark is currently employed as the Lead Advanced clinical Practitioner in Emergency medicine at New Cross hospital in the West Midlands. He has over 25 years experience in emergency medicine and provides senior medical cover within the ED. His pre-hospital care experience has spanned over the same period of time – firstly as a nurse with the West Midlands CARE Team before working as a solo immediate care practitioner with the Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) in 2012. He is one of only 2 non-medical practitioners within the region who respond to BASICS requests from the ambulance Service and he is an independent prescriber. He is a current ALS, ETC, PHTC, AREA examiner and also a RCSEd examiner for the DIMC and has taught throughout the UK and overseas. He has an interest in Major Trauma and resuscitation and has also contributed to publications over the years. Mark also provides medical support as the crowd medical officer to Birmingham City Football Club.
Dr Katie White
Location - Hereford
[Registered Medical Practitioner]
Qualified as a doctor in 2007 from Cardiff University. She is currently an anaesthetic registrar in the West Midlands. In addition to being a member of MARS, she works with Midlands Air Ambulance. She regularly provides medical cover at Worcester racecourse, local point-to-points, British Eventing events and V festival. She joined MARS in 2009. - Holder of DIMC RCS Ed
Dr Nick Crombie
Location - Bromsgrove
Nick is a full time anaesthetist, recently appointed as a Consultant at QE Hospital in Birmingham where his special interest is Trauma and Burns surgery. He has worked for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance as a HEMS Doctor for three years and is pleased to now be a part of MARS to provide cover to his home county of Worcestershire. In addition to being a member of MARS, he works with WMAS MERIT service and Midlands Air Ambulance. Awarded the Queen's diamond jubilee medal for voluntary work with the emergency services. Examiner for DIMC and FIMC RSCEd.
Dr Jon Hulme
Location - Central Birmingham
Jon is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine working at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.
Since completing the undergraduate trauma life support course run by the West Midlands CARE Team at the University of Birmingham during his medical degree, Jon has remained active within prehospital care for over 15 years. In addition to being a member of MARS, he works with West Midlands CARE Team, WMAS MERIT service and Midlands Air Ambulance. Jon was clinical lead for the regional night MERIT service during its inception. Jon is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. In 2002 he was awarded the Queen's Golden jubilee medal and in 2012 the Diamond jubilee medal for his work with the emergency services.
Dr Rob Moss
Location - Central Birmingham
Rob is a Consultant Anaesthetist in Birmingham with a specialist interest in major trauma and emergency anaesthesia. After starting in pre-hospital care with the West Midlands CARE Team he is now a HEMS doctor with the Midlands Air Ambulance and MERIT doctor with the West Midlands Ambulance Service. In addition to being a member of MARS, he works with WMAS MERIT serviceand Midlands Air Ambulance. Awarded the Queen's diamond jubilee medal for voluntary work with the emergency services. Holder of the DIMC RSC Ed
Dr Mark Wheeley
Location – Malvern
Graduated from Warwick Medical School in 2005. Started anaesthetics training in 2007. Employed as a Speciality Doctor (Staff Grade) in anaesthetics and ITU in Hereford since 2010. BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science from Nottingham Trent University in 2000. Strong interest in pre-hospital care since working for East Midlands Ambulance Service 2000 – 2001
Dr John Hall
(Now retired from clinical aspect of MARS)
Qualified in Birmingham in 1977 – initially trained in Trauma and Orthopaedics he has been a full-time GP in Bromsgrove since 1983. He has been actively involved in immediate medical care in H&W since 1981, he was one of the founding BASICS doctors in the region. John a long history of supporting the ambulance service being involved in the very first paramedic training programs. He holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer’s post in Emergency Care at Birmingham University. In 2002 John was awarded the Queen's golden jubilee medal and in 2012 the Diamond jubilee medal for voluntary work with the emergency services. Faculty of Pre-hospital Care Appointments - Examiner for DIMC /FIMC RSCEd and Honorary Secretary FPHC
Professor Sir Keith Porter
(Now retired from MARS)
Originally appointed Consultant Trauma Surgeon at the Birmingham Accident Hospital in 1986, Keith has many years of trauma experience. Professor Sir Keith Porter is a Consultant Trauma Surgeon and the Clinical Director for Trauma at University Hospital Birmingham. He is Professor of Clinical Traumatology at the University of Birmingham. Since 2000 he has been the civilian clinical lead for the care of injured soldiers returning to the UK from both Iraq and Afghanistan and has been a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Committee and the Surgeon General Research Strategy Group. Keith has played an integral part of the development of Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine in the UK in his roles as the past Chairman of Faculty of Pre-hospital Care; past Chairman of the Intercollegiate Board for training in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine; past President of BASICS and the founder of the West Midlands CARE team. He has published numerous books on pre-hospital care. In 2002 Sir Keith was awarded the Queen's golden jubilee medal and in 2012 the Diamond jubilee medal for voluntary work with the emergency services.