EMRTS Cymru Puts Spotlight on Nurses This International Nurses Day

Thursday 12 May 2016

CCP Chris Shaw
CCP Chris Shaw

CCP Chris Shaw (kneeling) during a recent training exercise.

CCP Chris Shaw
CCP Chris Shaw

CCP Chris Shaw (kneeling) during a recent training exercise.


As the world celebrates International Nurses Day (12 May) one Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS Cymru) medic is highlighting the contribution that nurses can make to pre-hospital critical care.


Chris Shaw, who lives in Carmarthen, is a Critical Care Practitioner working with EMRTS Cymru. He has a mixed clinical background across emergency nursing, critical care, pre-hospital care and medical education. Derby, Chris has previously worked with Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team and West Midlands CARE Team.


He moved to South Wales from England in 2014, at a time when EMRTS Cymru was in the planning stages. Aware that the role of CCP was open to nurses with an emergency medical background, as well as paramedics, he applied for the role and subsequently passed the selection process. He is now looking at the specific training needs that nurses require for a career in services such as EMRTS Cymru.

Chris said: “A key focus for me is developing a career pathway for recruitment and revalidation for nurses. I am fortunate to have experience across both hospital-based critical care and pre-hospital care domains, but this is not necessarily a representative portfolio for the majority of critical care nurses. Whilst a training programme that supports paramedics in becoming critical care practitioners is likely to involve significant amounts of patient contact in emergency department and critical care / intensive care unit settings, a critical care nurse will have significantly different learning needs and structured clinical contact programme working alongside ambulance road crews and advanced practitioners may be more beneficial.”


Dr Dindi Gill, EMRTS Cymru Director, said: “One of the aims of EMRTS Cymru is to enhance clinical skills of NHS staff across Wales. This is a good example of how we are able to develop a specific training programme that will allow nurses with an ambition to work in emergency critical care a unique opportunity to pursue that interest, albeit with underlying existing experience in pre-hospital care as well as transfer medicine. As the service expands and the scope of the service matures, we welcome the opportunity to support the recruitment of nurses in much the same way as we aim to support the recruitment of consultants to Wales.”


Launched in April 2015, EMRTS Cymru provides pioneering emergency medical care across Wales. The Service is made up of consultants and CCPs (paramedics and nurses) who are able to deliver innovative emergency treatments previously not available outside of a hospital environment.


The EMRTS medics travel on board the Wales Air Ambulance Charity helicopters and in a fleet of Rapid Response Vehicles which enable them to reach the scene of a medical emergency as fast as possible.


Run by the International Council of Nurses, International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12.


Additional Information


EMRTS Cymru is a partnership between the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, NHS Wales and the Welsh Government. The consultants and critical care practitioners (paramedics and nurses) fly on board the Wales Air Ambulance Charity helicopters which are based in Swansea and Welshpool. The team are able to reach 90% of the Welsh population within twenty minutes. It is the generosity of the Welsh public, through donations to the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, which keeps the helicopters flying.


For information about EMRTS Cymru visit To find out more about the Wales Air Ambulance Charity visit


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