Brigadier Ian Haywood was a great supporter of the British Association for Immediate Care, BASICS. Brian Robertson, himself a past chairman of the Association, retired TA officer and a great personal friend of Brigadier Haywood provides an insight into the man and his contribution to immediate care.

Throughout his career, Brigadier Ian embraced an aggressive philosophy of trauma management from the battlefield, whether the carnage was civilian or military, through to rehabilitation. He was instrumental, and without doubt an unrecognised pioneer at the time, in bringing the principles of advanced trauma life support (ATLS) across the Atlantic and introducing the British Army trauma life support courses (BATLS) that are now an essential part of medical officer training in both the regular and reserve army medical services. His simple philosophy that drove the development of the BATLS course was that any doctor, irrespective of their specialty, should be able to sustain the seriously injured for that first golden hour with which we are now so familiar.

He actively promoted ATLS training and was a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s Immediate Care Board. This involved him as an examiner in the diploma of immediate medical care and in developing pre-hospital trauma life support. In his own military career Ian was appointed joint professor of military surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal Army Medical College London in 1985. In November 1990, like many of his colleagues, he went to the Gulf, in his case as a consultant surgeon at 33 General Surgical Hospital, Al Jubayl, British Forces Middle East.

He rose eventually to be director of army surgery at the Ministry of Defence and an honorary surgeon to the Queen. Despite all his achievements Ian remained “one of us,” with his feet firmly on the ground. His good humour and wise counsel enlivened many a BASICS executive council meeting and he also contributed much to the editorial board of BASICS publications and other BASICS committees on which he served either in a personal capacity or as the representative of the army. It was a great pleasure to see Ian awarded the 1993 Laerdal Award for services to immediate care at the BASICS annual conference.

With his death, the army medical services, BASICS, and the pre-hospital care world lost a good friend and dedicated professional colleague.