EMRTS Doctor Leads East Midlands Training Day

Wednesday 7 June 2017


Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS Cymru) medic Dr Jon Birks led a major trauma training day in the East Midlands, recently.


The ‘Regional Care Anaesthetic Training Day for Major Trauma and Emergency Transfers’  took place at Northampton General Hospital (NGH). It was attended by seventeen trainees in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.


The organiser, Dr Jon Birks, is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM). He works at NGH and is a part of EMRTS Cymru, the Welsh Flying Medics service working in partnership with the Wales Air Ambulance Charity.


Alongside Dr Birks, the training was supported by consultant staff from both NGH and Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, along with ‘Intercounty Paramedic’ who loaned an ambulance for one of the simulations.


The day consisted of a series of lectures, simulations and skills stations. Each small group undertook two major trauma simulations, an emergency transfer simulation and covered a series of 'trauma skills' including pelvic splint/tourniquet/cervical collar application, interosseous access and chest drain insertion. While rotating around the stations, they had 'workplace-based assessments' completed by the faculty. 


Dr Birks said: “I have been organising this training day for our anaesthetic trainees in the East Midlands South region for several years. It has always had excellent feedback.


“I’m a huge believer in collaborative working and this training day presents the ideal opportunity to showcase that. I work at both NGH and EMRTS in Wales and this is a great example of how my Trust benefits from the experiences I have had working in pre-hospital care.


“It also fulfils EMRTS' aims of supporting education in the wider NHS, only this time outside Wales. I'm also very grateful to Dr Dashey , my consultant colleague from Glenfield Hospital, Intercounty Paramedic and all my colleagues in the Simulation Suite here in Northampton for consistently supporting this event.”



Additional Information


1. EMRTS Cymru is a partnership between the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, NHS Wales and the Welsh Government. The Welsh Government-funded NHS consultants and critical care practitioners fly on board the Wales Air Ambulance Charity helicopters which are based in Dafen and Welshpool. It is the generosity of the Welsh public, through donations to the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, which keeps the helicopters flying.


When the helicopters are unable to fly due to poor weather conditions, the service has access to a fleet of Rapid Response Vehicles.



To find out more about the Wales Air Ambulance Charity visit



2. For further details please contact Steven Stokes, EMRTS Cymru Communications Manager, on 07866 796985 or via