Christmas 2016 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • A Christmas message from our new Chairman
  • BASICS office opening hours for the holiday period
  • Upcoming BASICS courses
  • Upcoming Events

From the Chairman

I trust that this finds you well and that for many the coming weeks will find you able to rest for a few days surrounded by friends and family. I know though that the reality is that some will be working (for the day job) whilst others will be called out or are volunteering their services at sports events and the like.

The last few weeks have seen the BASICS Education team undertake two successful, back to back PhEC courses in Malta. Whilst many of you know that BASICS runs courses through the year you may not be aware that our tutors regularly run bespoke courses for organisations as varied as the military, industry and cruise lines. Our Instructor cadre includes paramedics, doctors, nurses and firefighters and includes a Greek surgeon and Maltese doctors and nurses who fly in to instruct on our courses. The courses are very popular and many comment on the unique approach undertaken that emphasises there really are ‘many ways to skin a cat’ and help our students to expand their understanding and skills based on their own experiences and knowledge rather than simply teaching sets of protocols and guidelines.

The Trustee’s met in early December to start work on developing a 5-year strategy for the Association. At the moment thework flow is focused on drilling down on a number of different themes so as to start the work of developing clear and measurable strategies. Whilst not asking for volunteers currently there will be opportunity to become involved in a number of ways – do look out for the emails asking for volunteers . . .

I’m pleased to report that SWIFT Medics and MAGPAS both received very substantial grants from the Libor fund. This was really excellent news as it again highlights the role that BASICS has to offer.

Away from our Schemes, many individual members are making very significant contributions in a number of different ways. BASICS members working under the auspices of the Trauma Care Foundation and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Professor Sir Keith Porter, Brigadier Tim Hodgetts, and Andy Thurgood have together launched citizenAID ( along with Colonel Peter Mahoney. This is a web-based resource that provides information to the public regarding action to take in the event of a terrorist attack as a means to improving public resilience and self-help. Such initiatives are vitally important within the world that we live in today and I’d encourage all of you to both review their resources as they become available and signpost others to them.

On behalf of the Trustees and Executive Council, I’d like to thank all of you for your individual work undertakensupporting and promoting the aims of BASICS over the last year. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous new year.

Kind regards


Christmas Opening Hours

Our office will be closed from 17:00 on the 20th December and will re-open at 08:30 on 3rd January 2017. We will still be able to pick up emails should any urgent matters arise.

Courses For 2017

We will be running the following courses in the new year….

PhEC Course 27th – 29th January, Yarnfield Park Training Centre, Stone, Staffs – LAST FEW PLACES AVAILABLE

PhEC Course 3rd-5th April, Yarnfield Park Training Centre, Stone, Staffs

Advanced PhEC Course 6th-7th April, Yarnfield Park Training Centre, Stone, Staffs

5 day Immediate Care Course 3rd-7th April, Yarnfield Park Training Centre, Stone, Staffs

To find out more and book your place CLICK HERE

Upcoming Events

PHEM Emergency Surgical Skills Course

University Hospital Coventry – 18th May and 16th November 2017

A one day course covering the skills of surgicalcric, thoracostomy, thoracotomy with cardiac wound control, upper and lower limb amputation & humeral EZ-IO insertion.

Cost £550 and registration via

Trauma Care Conference 2017

From Injury to Recovery, Linking the Chain of Survival

Wednesday 15th March – Saturday 18th March 2017
Yarnfield Park Training Centre, Stone, Staffs

To find out more and book CLICK HERE

Finally, we hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!