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Terrorist attack, London

A statement

Yesterdays events in London were horrific and yet within the death and injury men and women who found themselves caught up and in the vicinity came forward to render assistance. They were rapidly joined by members of the emergency services and together they brought immediate care to the injured. Unfortunately innocent lives were lost but not for the lack of individuals and trauma teams trying their hardest to save their lives.

BASICS wishes to extend their sympathy to the families and loved ones of those whose died. Equally we send our very best wishes to those who are recovering, some from critical injuries, following yesterday’s attack.

Along with so many others we extend our thanks and recognise the bravery of those who immediately stepped forward to help and to the emergency services personnel who responded to the scene including some of our members.

The events of yesterday remind us all of the very severe threat to our safety and security from terrorism. If you haven’t already please visit the Citizen Aid website ( to learn what to do should you find yourself caught up in such an atrocity.

Tony Kemp, Chairman BASICS


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If you believe the critically ill or injured deserve the very best care, read on!

The British Association for Immediate Care has championed the development of pre-hospital emergency medicine since it was formed in 1977. Today we are forging strong working relationships with our colleagues in BASICS Scotland and the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care so that together we can provide the highest quality of medical knowledge and skill to those who need it most, and all at the accident scene, day or night, fair weather or foul. The members of this Charity blend in amongst the paid Emergency Services, working together as a team. Whether you wish to join, or merely learn more then read on.

BASICS and you

Doctornurseparamedicmilitary mediccommunity responder or student? BASICS has something to offer you if you are interested in pre-hospital care.   Perhaps you're looking to get involved, pop in on our schemes page and make contact with your local BASICS scheme.

If you want training then take a look at our internationally respected courses and book a place on line.

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Keep up to date with Immediate Care news, read up on the history of immediate care and those who have made significant contributions to BASICS or follow up on what our members are doing in your locality.

Click here if you'd like to thank a BASICS member or Scheme for coming to your assistance or to the assistance of a loved one.

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BASICS Education Courses

Training for Pre-hospital Care BASICS offers a variety of pre-hospital courses approved by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Faculty of Pre-hospital Care that can take the novice to Diploma standard. The courses can be purchased on line and take place at different locations around the country. Stand alone courses can be provided to organisations that can pull a group of up to twenty four candidates together, and we have a specially designed Military course that can be supplied to Military bases. You can have access to the e-learning packages that can be bought as individual modules, or build them up until you are ready to take the RCSEd examination. As a member you can use the CPD system to keep a record of your training and continuing development. The members area of the site offers a huge resource of information for our members and a forum for your views.

Become a member of BASICS

Benefits BASICS can offer you training, accreditation, special discounts, continuing professional development, identification, peer support, special offers, grants, awards, fellowship and more... So just what will BASICS do for me? BASICS has four major roles in pre-hospital care. It is a Professional body representing all involved in prehospital immediate medical care, whatever their discipline. It is an Operational body whose members deliver prehospital immediate medical care in a variety of situations. It is a Training body that delivers courses in prehospital immediate medical care, and It is an Advisory body that can provide advice and guidance to members, other professional bodies and Government on issues related to immediate medical care, medical aspects of major incident management and mass gathering medicine .

Emergency Services and the Press

We welcome liaison with the Emergency Services and the Press. This site offers the ability for Emergency Services to check the identity of our members. Go to ID check for further details. Our members frequently provide us with first hand information about their role at incidents. Obviously constrained by confidentiality, Police needs and legal requirements nonetheless the accounts provide a valuable insight into what happened. We also have a "Press Information" section with background information on our work and the incidents we meet. This is intended as a resource for those with a deadline to meet.


For all your Immediate Care needs The BASICS shop is open to all members, but some products are limited to accredited BASICS members. You can purchase insurance, protective clothing, immediate care equipment, e-learning packages and pharmaceuticals as well as radios, report forms, windscreen stickers and gifts.

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