Belgium doctors attending the Extreme Medicine Conference 2014

Good news for Belgian doctors attending the Extreme Medicine Conference!

Belguim CME

Thanks to Kris Vandervoort for applying to the Belgian Accreditation Council & securing 32 credit points. Belgian medics will need a certificate of attendance & a copy of the approval she received.

Email so we can collate your details.


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Pre-Hospital Care Workshop – Press Release

Learning from experienceLondon HEMS

London’s Air Ambulance & Extreme Medicine to host two-day Pre-Hospital Care Workshop

For 25 years London’s Air Ambulance has been at the forefront of pre-hospital emergency medicine, gaining a reputation for clinical excellence and pioneering procedures which have been adopted across the world.

Next month, ahead of the World Extreme Medicine Expo, on the 6th and 7th of November, London’s Air Ambulance is hosting a two-day Pre-Hospital Care Workshop as a precursor to the Extreme Medicine Conference 2014 to give delegates and medical practitioners an insight into the work of the charity and to share some of its advanced practices.

The charity has achieved survival figures for traumatic cardiac arrest and pre-hospital thoracotomy, and success rates for adult and paediatric intubation, which are among the highest in the world.

The workshop will give practitioners the opportunity to get involved with medical demonstrations and scenario based exercises while also providing access to the senior consultants and paramedics responsible for London’s Air Ambulance governance, major incident planning, research and innovation.

Speaking about the event, consultant and education lead, Dr Gareth Grier said“London’s Air Ambulance has treated over 31,000 patients, which we recognise is a huge amount of experience and learning developed over 25 years. By passing on this knowledge we can help to drive excellence in pre-hospital care standards”.

“Many of the techniques we have pioneered have become widespread as a result of being heard and talked about at events such as this one. During the workshop we will be showcasing some of our more recent innovations, REBOA being one of them, discussing the future of pre-hospital care, challenging conventional wisdom and hopefully, inspiring the next generation of trauma specialists”.

Earlier this year London’s Air Ambulance became the first service to perform roadside balloon surgery to control severe internal bleeding on a patient who had fallen from height.  Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) is just one of the practical demonstrations delegates can participate in amid a programme that will look at biological terrorism, crew resource management at complex pre-hospital scenes and the role of a UK pre-hospital doctor in the international response to humanitarian disasters.

For full programme details or to book visit: Tickets start at £125 for medical students rising to £595 for doctors.


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London’s Air Ambulance                                                         Tel: (0)20 7220 5498

Katy Evans (Senior Media Liaison & Public Affairs Officer)


Notes to Editors

More about the Pre-Hospital Care Workshop

 Date: Thursday 6th and Friday 7th November 2014

Venue: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Ticket prices: Doctors £595 / Paramedics, Nurses & other medical professionals £195 / Medical Students £125. Book tickets.


Programme Overview: london hems

Day One

Seminar topics:

Introduction and overview of London’s Air Ambulance and Pre-hospital Care in the UK

The role of a UK pre-hospital doctor in the international response to humanitarian disasters

Biological Terrorism

Crew Resource Management at complex pre-hospital scenes

The medical response to major incidents in London


Pre-hospital advanced airway

Emergency thoracotomy

Emergency Neurosurgery

Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA)


Day Two

Seminar topics:

Pre-hospital blood transfusion in civilian trauma

Damage control anaesthesia – lessons from Afghanistan and London

Opportunities for medical students in pre-hospital care

Paramedic scene leadership during advanced pre-hospital interventions

Defying medical dogma – case studies from the pre-hospital phase

The future in pre-hospital care Nanorobots and suspended animation


Various scenario based training exercises


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Central America: Expedition Medic Required

Motivated medic required in the jungle of Central America to support our Expedition Leader Course. Project start date: 11th November – 14th February



You will be responsible for:

-          Providing Medical support to all members of Gapforce expeditions.
-          Monitor and safeguard the general health and hygiene of their expedition group
-          Provide immediate emergency medical care to participants and staff
-          Teach basic medical lessons

You need to:

  • Be an F2 doctor (minimum)
  • Have experience in Expedition Medicine

In return you will receive:

•             Accommodation
•             Meals
•             A travel bursary (varies depending on the length of your availability)

For more information or to apply, please email your CV to Lauren Nethercot at

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TV Medic needed…

medical jobs in north africaIf you’re an adventurous doc & fancy yourself on TV, we have a fantastic role for you! Our friends at Remote Trauma require a doctor for an activity-based TV programme. Role starts in Feb 2015 for 7-10weeks filming in North Africa.

Television programme with high risk activities requires an adventurous doctor for 7-10 weeks. Filming begins February 2015 in North Africa.  You’ll be working as part of a risk management team and the role may involve some on screen time.

Position available for a doctor on an action based expedition television programme with high risk activities. The project is for 7-10 weeks in North Africa working as part of a risk management team. May involve some on screen appearance. Start date February 2015. Please email for more information.

Course of interest

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Dr Ian Norton, Head of WHO’s medical team in West Africa tackling Ebola

Ebola outbreak review at ExtremeMed '14

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With Ebola sadly featuring so prominently in our news channels at present we have a number of speakers at Extreme Medicine 2014 with experience of such epidemics but we are really very pleased to be welcoming Dr Ian Norton, Head of WHO’s medical team in West Africa tackling Ebola.

Meet the world leaders in Pre Hospital Care, Disaster & Humanitarian and Remote Medicine at the Royal Society of Medicine in November.

Book Your ExtremeMed Conference space now

Book Pre Conference Workshop – Pre Hospital presented with London Air Ambulance

London HEM's

Pre Conference Workshop with London HEMS

6-7th November 2014, Central London

Working with one of world’s leading air ambulance organisations, delivering advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London.  It has an international reputation for clinical excellence, and delivers pioneering procedures that have been adopted across the world.

Open to all medical professionals and registered medical students.

Spaces are limited to first come first served and a significant portion of ticket fees goes to London Air Ambulance as a charity.

Book your place here…

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Dr Ian Norton Ebola Response WHO

Dr Ian Norton, Head of WHO’s medical team in West Africa tackling Ebola.

Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre

Dr. Norton is a specialist in Emergency Medicine, with postgraduate qualifications in Tropical Medicine, International Health, and Surgery. He is Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre

MSF Humanitarian Medicine

Exhibitors include
MSF, Doctors without Borders, Royal Navy, International SOS, Frontiermedex, Xtreme Everest, London Air Ambulance and Expedition & Wilderness Medicine
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Thank you for reading our news!

We are really looking forward to making the next Extreme Medicine Conference the best ever

Best wishes Mark Hannaford, Dr Sean Hudson & Dr Amy Hughes

Email or
Call us on +44 (0)1297 20583

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Extreme Survivor Anna Bågenholm talks about her local environment

Anna Bagenholm and Polar Medicine

Talking at the Extreme Medicine Conference

Working as a Radiologist at the North Norway Universital hospital, I am used to dealing with extreme medicine physiology and logistics on regular basis.  At our remote location, our hospital takes care of 500 000 inhabitants living across a vast area, including the beautiful remoteness of Svalbard.  I have treated people following polar bear attacks, avalanches, mountain falls and shipwrecks. Our hospital receive patients following long medevac; by ambulance, helicopter or plane flight, or by bad fly weather up to 8-10 hours in a road ambulance.  Our remote location leaves us vulnerable but teamwork plays a big part in all we do so we make good use of new technologies, including teleradiology, which I use on a daily basis.

Personally, I am so grateful to the people at the University Hospital in North Norway not only for having the opportunity to work together with them as senior doctor but also for that I can maintain my medical career after having a bad skiing accident in 1999.

The accident gave me a core  body temperature of 13.7 degrees and no heart beat for 2 hours and 45 minutes. The medical team never gave up on me and their knowledge of extreme physiology saved me. Their slogan was

“nobody is dead until warm and dead.”

After 1 hour helicopter transportation, 9 hours in the operating room, 6 days on ECMO, 6 days on kidney replacement therapy, 5 weeks on a ventilator and 1-2 years partially paralysed from the neck down, I now lead a completely normal life, helping other patients.

We should think of extreme medicine as an important and normal part of medicine.  We never know when we might need to draw upon our knowledge of extreme physiology and associated logistics.  Being prepared is the best way to handle the situation.



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Extreme Medicine Conference welcomes Rachel Craven, Consultant Anaesthetist, Medecins sans Frontieres & International Emergency Trauma Register.

Rachael is a consultant anaesthetist at Bristol Royal Infirmary specialising in anaesthesia for maxillofacial and thoracic surgery. For the past decade she has also worked as a volunteer with Médecins Sans Frontières and is also the anaesthesia lead for the UK International Emergency Trauma Register.

Médecins Sans Frontières

Through this volunteer work she has gained extensive experience working in and setting up field hospitals, in post disaster and conflict situations, ranging from the Asian Tsunami to the Haiti earthquake and from the machetes of Congolese militias to the high explosives of the 2014 bombardment of Gaza.

In addition to her overseas work Rachael is heavily involved in medical education: she is the course director for the Anaesthesia in Austere Environments course, Anaesthesia lead for the Surgery in Austere Environments course, faculty for the Oxford-Uganda developing world anaesthesia course, a contributing author to the ABC of Emergency Medicine in Austere Environments, the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine and the Association of Anaesthetists eSafe dvd and content editor for the Royal College of Anaesthetists eLearning Anaesthesia developing world module.

In 2014 she was awarded the Pask Certificate of Honour by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for distinguished service to anaesthesia during conflict overseas.

The Pask Award was instituted in 1977 after the Moorgate Underground disaster. The award is made by Council. The certificates may be presented on any suitable occasion. The award was instituted to enable Council to honour those who have rendered distinguished service, either with gallantry in the performance of their clinical duties, in a single meritorious act or consistently and faithfully over a long period.

The award was named after Professor E A Pask. Pask had a distinguished career in the Royal Air Force Medical Branch as an experimental physiologist in the Second World War. This included dangerous self experimentation requiring considerable personal courage.

Meet Rachel at the Extreme Medicine Conference


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EWM and our part of the world

From Devon to the Four Corners of the WorldExpedition & Wilderness Medicine logo

We might be based in Axminster, a small town in East Devon, but here at Expedition & Wilderness Medicine we have been helping train medical professionals the world over.

We’re proud to be the leading provider of expedition, wilderness and remote medicine training courses for medical professionals, and are delighted to have experienced considerable growth and success in recent years.

Expedition & Wilderness Medicine was co-founded in 2002 after a late night fireside conversation during an expedition in the deserts of Nambia, by our Managing Director, Mark Hannaford… and the rest they say is history. Today the company offers an abundance of courses throughout the world, including training in Trauma & Hostile, Diving, Jungle and Mountain medicine to name but a few. Quite the achievement, when you think our first offering was a single course in the Lake District!

As we have grown, so have the partnerships we have formed with world famous institutions, including London’s Royal Medical School, Harvard Medical School and National Geographic. Expedition & Wilderness Medicine also has the support of Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

In addition to this, 2014 has already seen some fantastic achievements for us, including:

·       Being selected by the production team behind the 2015 Hollywood film ‘Everest’ to supply on-location training and guidance

·       Providing medical advice and reach back service to companies operating in a remote area of Iraq and trauma training in Liberia

·       All courses operating at nearly 100% capacity

·       A fully subscribed World Extreme Medicine Conference & Expo taking place in London in November this year

And earlier this month we held a course at Dartmoor’s Heatree Centre which was attended by 40 medical professionals from several different countries, including Australia, Italy and Switzerland, highlighting the increasing worldwide interest in medical training courses.

QUOTE BLOCK: ‘I am thrilled with the rate in which Expedition & Wilderness Medicine has grown. The most rewarding element of our work is when we receive testimonials and endorsements from people that have attended our courses and are now putting the skills they learnt into practice in the most diverse range of locations. Especially as these are often the regions where vital medical assistance is most urgently required’.   – Mark Hannaford

We are delighted with the response that Expedition & Wilderness Medicine has received since our inception and with your help; we look forward to continuing on our diverse and challenging path for many years to come!

If you would like to know more about any of our courses, contact us today to find out more.

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Dr Natalie Roberts is member of Médecins Sans Frontières’ Emergency Team, currently working as MSF’s Medical Coordinator for Syria.

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Vacancy: Expedition Nurse/ Medical Coordination Manager


Raleigh International

Raleigh International has over 30 years’ experience driving sustainable change through inspiring young people to volunteer overseas.  We are looking for an experienced nurse to join our management team in London.

As the Medical Coordination Manager you will play a key role in supporting our staff and volunteers.  This involves ensuring the highest health and safety standards are met at all times on our international projects, including providing optimum response in case of emergencies.  You will assist in the recruitment and support of expedition medics and vet all applicants to be volunteers and staff.  You will also have considerable input into policy and practice.  You will be a central part of the safety team with a high level of liaison with our overseas staff and programmes.

Raleigh International is a sustainable development charity.  We harness the passion and energy of young people to effect positive change in sustainable development.  Our programmes focus on providing access to safe water and sanitation, protecting vulnerable environments, building resilient communities and developing youth leadership.

Our work is delivered through young people and is a collaboration between local communities, partners and volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities and life stages. We operate in partnership with communities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and governments in Borneo, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, India and Tanzania. Since our foundation as a charity in 1984, Raleigh volunteers have become a global community of more than 38,000 people committed to building a sustainable future.

For more information or to apply for the role please go to:

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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Western Australia: Senior Medical Officer required

Find medical jobs in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Gulf Region, Canada and UK through Head Medical

Head Medical are looking for an experienced and adventurous UK trained generalist medical practitioner in rural Western Australia.  This is an incredible opportunity to use a wide scope of clinical skills and practice Indigenous Health.


Employers positively seek out members of the Expedition & Wilderness Medicine Community so please mention ‘EWM’ when enquiring...

Senior Medical Officer Rural Western Australia
£218,000 per annum + shift allowances car + accommodation

Located in rural Western Australia, this post may provide the adventure/challenge you are looking for. You will be working in the local indigenous community and making a true difference while also being exceptionally rewarded for your efforts.
The position requires a medical practitioner with extensive generalist experience, able to demonstrate emergency department and primary health care knowledge and skills. The post enables a wide scope of clinical practice in Indigenous health while working closely within a supportive team of friendly staff.
·         UK trainedHeadMedical1
·         MRCGP
·         Minimum 10 years GP experience
Western Australia is one of the most beautiful and diverse regions in the world, you will have the chance to explore the outback and the state is home to some the planets best diving and beaches.
If you would like to know more about the above post or have a chat regarding exploring your overseas employment options please don’t hesitate to contact Yan on +44 (0)131 240 5274 or via yan@headmedical.comLinks:
Wild Medicine – Conservation Conference, Namibia
Extreme Medicine Conference, London
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