It is a huge honour and privilege to take over as interim National Director of EMRTS Cymru from Dr Dindi Gill. I have a tough act to follow being Dindi’s successor, but I feel that I am well-placed to do so having worked closely with him and the rest of the core group to set up and launch the Service, and then help to run it for its first two years as the Lead Consultant of the Dafen base in South Wales.
I have worked in NHS Wales for over eleven years and feel that I have a sound understanding of the critical care landscape as well as the future challenges that await us in the form of reconfiguration and the development of new trauma and cardiac networks. EMRTS is integral to ensuring that these challenges are met and that patients receive platinum-standard care when they need it most.
EMRTS has a number of exciting developments on the horizon which will really benefit the people of Wales and provide equity right across the country for patients of all ages. I am confident that I can guide the Service smoothly through these testing but exciting times.
Bringing Helimed 61, in the North West of Wales, into the EMRTS family is a long-desired move and we are excited about taking on five new Critical Care Practitioners (CCPs) to support this service expansion.
We are also thrilled to be taking on three new Helicopter Transfer Practitioners (HTPs) to work on the Wales Air Ambulance Charity’s dedicated transfer aircraft (Helimed 67). We have worked closely with the paediatric and neonatal teams in particular over the last two years and it is great to be able to support them with their helicopter transfers. It will make a huge difference to the children of Wales and the work of the Children’s Wales Air Ambulance.
In my team, I have a highly professional and dedicated group of individuals who have already proven their passion and commitment to the Service and who always strive to be innovative, put the patient at the forefront of all that they do and provide the highest standard of care at all times. We are very thankful to NHS Wales for allowing us to employ them in such a professional manner, which has given us the opportunity to recruit new consultants to Wales in critical specialities such as Emergency Medicine. We also have a huge number of non-clinical team members who work tirelessly behind the scenes and really are the backbone of this Service.
In the Wales Air Ambulance Charity, we have a successful and well-established partner who is refreshingly progressive and I am truly thankful to Chief Executive Angela Hughes and her team for the hard work and overwhelming support that they have provided to the Service. I believe our partnership will continue to go from strength-to-strength and exciting times lay ahead.
And finally, to pay tribute to Dindi Gill. He truly is a force of nature and has a phenomenal work ethic. The Service would not exist without his tireless efforts and the sacrifices made by him and his family in making EMRTS what it is today. To see how it has grown over the two years and the level at which it provides clinical care for the people of Wales is testament to the blood sweat and tears he has poured into it. I am glad that he is staying on to work clinically within EMRTS as he will now be reaping the clinical benefits for his patients that his hard work has achieved in bringing this Service to fruition.