February 2017 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • A message from our Chairman
  • Safety Matters
  • Conference 2017
  • The New Paediatric PhEC Course
  • Upcoming courses
  • Future Events

Dear Colleague,

I am immensely proud to Chair BASICS particularly in its 40th anniversary year.  I am sure that our founders would be proud of the Association’s continuing role and we look forward to celebrating this milestone at this year’s conference. That said pre-hospital care is now a multi-faceted and somewhat confusing area of work. Across the different NHS Ambulance Trusts different models of care have emerged that bring together associate practitioners, volunteer ambulance crews, technicians, paramedics, nurses, doctors and community first responders.

Care is delivered via a range of transport platforms. The one thing that stands out in all of this is whilst none can deny the huge strides made by the statutory services) in increasing survival and subsequent quality of life (including through the delivery of enhanced and critical care provision), the role of BASICS responders remains a much-valued resource across the UK.

There are those whose focus has shifted to particular models of enhanced and critical care and who would decry and denigrate the role of the traditional volunteer BASICS responder. Within this it is important to remember that survival is not just about the delivery of the most complex and advanced care providers but also about the timely intervention of those available to assist so as to stabilise and optimise the patient(s) for onward care which may include critical care in whatever guise. BASICS, the brainchild of Dr Ken Easton in 1977, came about precisely because there was a gap in prehospital care provision. The gap may have changed shape but it and its challenges remain as strong and as relevant today as they were then.

We all recognise that society is changing, there are more older people enjoying many more years of active life and this, in turn brings a range of complexities to health care. Silver trauma is on the increase, much of it occurs within the home, results from comparatively minor falls or injury and provides very significant challenges to our emergency services. It’s not the volume but the co-morbidities and changed physiology that proves so very challenging.

BASICS remains the backbone of early on scene, enhanced and critical care across the UK. Our members are called out on a daily basis as numerous Twitter feeds testify. Yet there are many more working out of the limelight providing equally valuable services. BASICS is largely hidden from public sight as we are so well integrated that we simply merge into the background of multiple emergency services personnel and vehicles on scene. It’s no wonder therefore that individuals, including some of our own members, start to question our ongoing role.

This year’s cycle of membership renewal takes place over the next few weeks and this engenders the discussion of what does BASICS do for me, in short why should I continue to pay for the privilege of membership? Here are a few reasons:

  1. You demonstrate your ongoing support of prehospital care through membership of the UK’s premier professional Association with like-minded committed individuals. BASICS promotes, provides and educates. Without you and your involvement that would not be possible.
  2. BASICS nationally does serve your interests and those of the Schemes many of you belong to, Again, much of this happens behind the scenes, but our expert lobbying is heard and respected. Here are a few examples:
    • BASICS as an organisation was accorded the privilege of directly nominating it’s eligible members as recipients of the last two Jubilee medals celebrating HM Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. We are the only non-statutory organisation accorded this privilege.
    • We are all familiar with the Care Quality Commission and its mandate to improve care. While we support the aims of this important monitoring body wholeheartedly, without the work of BASICS, Schemes would have had to register individually and many, perhaps even yours, would have had to close due to the increasing and ongoing financial burden.
    • Without BASICS fighting your corner individual responding members would not be able to use emergency blue lights.
    • BASICS is regularly invited to participate in a range of guideline and regulatory development. Our voice was prominent in the support to the proposal to extend prescribing to paramedics, the recent AAGBI prehospital anaesthesia guidelines, the Delphi group on prehospital fluid management and the various Faculty Consensus statements.
    • For those involved in mass gathering medicine the current deliberations on levels of first aid and medical cover at events and stadia have gained much from our involvement.
  3. The reason our Schemes and its members can respond is because of nationally agreed relationships. If BASICS was not there the national guidance and support for volunteer prehospital care providers would be lost. Where would this leave you?
  4. Being part of something that genuinely does make a difference, whilst promoting and driving our own area of practice and interest is a huge privilege. It is not without cost but the changes that have occurred within the UK’s prehospital and ambulance services over the last 40 years owe much – and probably much more than most realise -to BASICS.
That said we cannot rest on our laurels. As you read this the Executive Council is working to develop a 5-year strategy that will secure the future of BASICS and its members for the next 40-years. We need to understand ‘our fit’ in today’s prehospital schema. Our young members have different expectations of their involvement in prehospital care than many of our established members had when they first joined. The changing nature of prehospital care provision demands different preparation pathways. BASICS is and will remain the preeminent Association for all prehospital practitioners no matter their professional discipline, speciality or area of practice.

I am really grateful for your continuing membership as it is literally true that we cannot achieve what we do without your support. However and wherever you provide prehospital care, and in whatever capacity or whether you simply have a strong interest in prehospitalcare, I invite you to go further. Share your skills and expertise with our community, help to improve care and bring about change. Consider helping us, as a respected expert national organisation, to go further, change faster and improve more by becoming more active in our national work and keeping us at the forefront of this amazing world of prehospital care for the next 40 years and more.

Interested? – then email in the first instance to admin@basics.org.uk and do look out for opportunities to get involved.


Safety Matters

The MHRA has issued a warning regarding Oxylog 3000 and Oxylog 3000 plus ventilators and a risk of failure.
For full details, please follow this link


Save the Date! Conference 2017!

The Conference committee are working hard to put together an exciting programme. Watch out for updates on our website and social media channels!

This being our 40th anniversary will be a celebration of the achievements of our dedicated members and will be an unmissable event.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Conference will be on the 6th & 7th of October at The St Johns Hotel, 651 Warwick Road, Solihull B91 1AT


New Paediatric PhEC Course

The Paediatric Pre-hospital Emergency Care (PPhEC) Course is open to all those who have completed the PhEC or other appropriate pre-hospital care courses.

This one day course is geared to develop participant’s knowledge and skills related to paediatric patients, to make them competent, thinking, pre-hospital practitioners with the confidence to deal with childhood emergencies.

The course is presented as a mixture of lectures small group practical skill stations, case-based scenarios, workshops and discussion groups.

Sessions include:

  • Aetiology of illness and injury
  • Recognition of the sick child
  • Airway assessment & management
  • c, B, C, D, E
  • IO access
  • Trauma scenarios
  • Medical emergencies (including ‘the iffy kid’)
  • BLS/ALS scenarios

The fist course will be on Sunday 25th June at Yarnfield Park Training Centre, Stone, Staffordshire and places cost £225 (or £200 for BASICS members)

For further details, please contact us on 01473 218 407 or by email educ@basics.org.uk


Upcoming Courses

For details of all of our courses and to book your place, please follow this link
Three Day PhEC courseA three-day course on all aspects of emergency care in the pre-hospital setting including medical, obstetric and paediatrics as well as trauma emergencies and incident management.
The course is available to doctors (FY2 and above), registered nurses and registered paramedics.
Participants who successfully complete the course are awarded the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Certificate by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)

3rd to 5th April 2017 at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Stone.
£806.00 for BASICS Members
£877.00 for Non-Members

Two Day Advanced PhEC CourseThis two-day course for previous participants on the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care course develops and enhances the necessary skills to deal with medical and other emergencies encountered in all fields of pre-hospital care.

It is highly recommended prior to undertaking the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care examination.

6th & 7th April 2017 at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Stone.

£535.00 for BASICS Members

£561.00 for Non-Members

Five Day Immediate Care Course

The five-day course continues to be very popular with many of the participants going on to successfully complete the Diploma Examination at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The course is available to doctors (FY2 and above), registered nurses and registered paramedics.

The course covers all aspects of immediate care with the emphasis on practical skills as well as formal lectures and training scenarios. The first three days comprise the PhEC course and forRCSEd.Succesful candidates certification is awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

3rd to 7th April 2017 at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Stone.

£1,173.00 for BASICS Members

£1,270.00 for Non-Members

Two Day PhEC Refresher Course

This popular two-day course is directed at previous participants on the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care courses and the Immediate Care Courses to ensure that skills are maintained and updated to incorporate the latest developments in pre-hospital care.

Mainly practical in content the course also offers an opportunity to renew acquaintances and enhance your knowledge in relaxed surroundings.

24th & 25th June 2017 at Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Stone.

£535.00 for BASICS Members

£561.00 for Non-Members

For more information on any of these courses or to book your place, please click here

Future 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 https://wmstc.co.uk/portfolio/phem-ess/