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How we supported Mark Beaumont’s EPIC record breaking challenge…

When record-breaking endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont, contacted us regarding his world record breaking attempt of cycling around the world in 80 days; to see if we could help support him on this amazing, crazy adventure we jumped at the chance.

We are delighted to say that his incredible effort and hard work paid off, and he cycled around the world in a total time of 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes; creating new records as well as breaking old ones.

We were extremely honoured to be part of his ‘home’ team. WEM faculty and former Paralympic Lead Physiotherapist for British Athletics, Laura Penhaul, was Mark’s performance coach throughout the entire trip and provided constant medical support 24/7 alongside his crew, whilst our own team back home offered technical support and a reach-back facility.

As with any expedition of this nature, there was an enormous amount of planning and pre-expedition training undertaken with the ground team and all the amazing medics supporting Mark on this incredible feat of human endurance. It’s a real testament to Mark, his entire team and the training they received; that Mark came through this challenge relatively unscathed, and where medical intervention was required it was handled as effectively as possible given the challenging environments they found themselves in.

The WEM team were on call 24 hours a day, there were a few instances where our assistance was required; such as Mark’s tumble on day 9. This resulted in Laura’s first ever attempt at emergency dental work after seeking advice from WEM Dentist, Burjor Langdana, former British Antarctic Survey Dentist. We also drafted in Andrew Murray, a Sports Medicine doctor and a speaker at WEMs annual Extreme Medicine conference who advised on an injury to his elbow.

These injuries, of course, didn’t stop Mark and after close monitoring by the team, he was back on his bike within a couple of hours ready to complete his required daily 240 miles. It is this drive and determination that has enabled Mark to achieve this remarkable physical feat alongside a well-planned and organised team who supported him through this endeavour.

Congratulations once again Mark and Laura, we can’t wait to hear you both talk about your experiences at this year’s 2017 World Extreme Medicine Conference in November.

We still have places available should you want to see Mark and WEM Faculty, Laura, present in Edinburgh. Book your place today!


NEW.. wemSKI; where medicine, snow & inspiration meet..

WEM are extremely excited to be launching a brand new mini-conference ‘wemSKI’. A gathering of people less ordinary for a week of inspiration, networking and learning with 110 kilometres of awesome ski runs right on the doorstep!!

Join inspiring medics such as Dr Mike Stroud, Prof Chris Imray, and ESA’s Dr Beth Healey, mountaineer Cathy O’Dowd, the first woman to climb Everest from both sides, Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox of SAS; Who Dares Wins, Eddie the Eagle who needs no introduction, Dave Pearce Everest summiteer and Aldo Kane Safety Directors for Bear Grylls and Steve Backshall, Antarctic medic Ben Cooper, WEM founder Mark Hannaford, hostage & ransom negotiator Martin Brennan and clinical psychologist Dr Nathan Smith.

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Medic jobs in South Pacific for major TV project

WEM are looking for doctors, nurses and paramedics to provide medical cover for a major TV project in the SOUTH PACIFIC in the first 6 months of 2018. Positions ranging from 6 weeks to 5 months are available. This is a salaried position with flights, accommodation, food & insurance included.


The post involves a mixture of clinic work, remote work site medical cover, local and international evacuations as well as on-call commitments.

For doctors and nurses a background in emergency medicine or general practice is preferred but other specialties may be considered. Previous experience of working in remote areas is essential as is the ability to work in small teams, flexibility and a sense of humour.

Applicants must be available for a briefing weekend 14/15th October 2018 in the Peak District.

For more information please email a CV and a covering note to Annabel at at World Extreme Medicine

#BeExtreme. Meet employers at the World Extreme Medicine Conference WEM17 25-27 November, Edinburgh.

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World Extreme Medicine provides remote medical services to Survivor TV Series


Competition time! 

Be an Inspiration!

We are on the hunt for an inspirational image to be used on the WEM Conference app. The winner will receive a WEM goody bag which will include a WEM Dry Bag and a WEM T-Shirt of your choice, you will also be credited on the app! You can download the app here:

You can submit a maximum of two images and your image needs to be square, of good quality and inspiring!

Competition closes on 31st August 2017. Please send images to The winner will be chosen and notified by 29th September 2017.

Good Luck!

Shape your medical career and meet maverick medics doing something different!


6 excellent reasons to attend the World Extreme Medicine Conference 2017. #WEM17

Now in its 6th year, the 3 day World Extreme Medicine Conference is a powerful and high-profile event, created to break down barriers, build bridges and make connections within the extreme medicine community.

It is recognised for its world-renowned speakers, its authoritative and innovative content, plus its contribution to sharing information for those practising medicine in the most remote and austere environments known to humankind.

This amazing worldwide gathering of eclectic medical minds, thought-leaders and extreme adventurers gives you access to one of the most energetic and unique networks in the universe – a truly compelling and enticing proposition for our global audience of medical professionals.

6 excellent reasons to attend the World Extreme Medicine Conference 2017:

• World-renowned speakers – we’re able to attract an extraordinary selection of speakers who will share their extreme experiences in fascinating talks, explain field-proven techniques, promote new approaches and best practices, and inform and educate fellow medics about the key issues and challenges being faced today in the world of extreme medicine.

• Topics – the conference brings together four disparate but overlapping medical fields in one arena: Pre-Hospital, Disaster & Humanitarian, Expedition, and Extreme Medicine. As well as covering rescue equipment, medical supplies, generalist expedition and remote environmental kit, pharmaceuticals, and innovations and communications equipment and services.

• Hands on experience – we host practical workshops on field-proven techniques and ‘hacks’ to inspire and enhance your skills, helping you to become a more effective and highly valued practitioner of remote medicine.

• Networking – where else can you meet face-to-face and share experiences with a diverse mix of world-renowned experts in their fields; from Arctic explorers to vascular surgeons, remote medics, to NASA & ESA personnel. Plus, the opportunity to converse with your counterparts and colleagues from around the world.

• Further your career – enhance your knowledge and increase your skillset to ensure you are in the best position possible to further your medical career and become a more effective and highly valued practitioner. The World Extreme Medicine Conference is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) for 6 CPD credits per day.

• One of a kind event – our medical conference is one like no other. The energy is unparalleled and the presence of so many awe-inspiring, talented, clever minds creates an electrifying experience you can’t afford to miss!

World Extreme Medicine Conference 2017 from World Extreme Medicine on Vimeo.

Be part of the world’s biggest gathering of extreme medics; dedicated to preparing, inspiring, sharing and connecting medical knowledge with you! #BeExtreme.

N.B. If you are unable to attend our conference, you will be able to listen to many of the talks on our podcast called ‘WEMcast’:

Book now. http://www.extrememedicineexpo.

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MSc in Extreme Medicine; not limited to one extreme

The world’s first MSc in Extreme Medicine, a collaborative project between World Extreme Medicine and the University of Exeter Medical School isn’t focused on a single extreme its looks at all of them.

The program prepares its students for the diverse medical fields of expedition, humanitarian, disaster and space medicine through didactic teaching combined with experiential residential courses presented by a world class faculty aiming to inspire but also provide training and tools that will benefit your everyday medical career…

MSc in Extreme Medicine at the University of Exeter Medical School delivered in coloration with World Extreme Medicine

Find out more here


Neckar Island is recruiting medics

The Emergency Responder and Health and Safety officer on Neckar Island is a diverse role for whom we are looking for a vibrant Branson recruits remote medicsand confident medical professional who doesn’t mind something a bit different to the usual medical job.

A minimum of a 1 year contract, we are looking for a Nurse, Paramedic or Doctor who is interested in remote medicine and preferably has experience in tropical disease, dive medicine and first aid training.

Please follow link for more information:

Or contact Sophie Hartley on: or +12843933000

Neckar Island







WEM team to the dental rescue as around the world cyclist Mark Beaumont takes a tumble

We are very honoured to be part of your ‘home team’ and supporting you in this epic journey! Keep up the great effort! #80Days #BeExtreme #TeamWEM  Go our dental guru Burjor Langdana!

When medical advice, training and a reach-back facility was needed to support this epic undertaking Mark looked no further than World Extreme Medicine. From providing technical advice to Mark’s performance coach Laura Penhaul, crew training and support on the road WEM has been there the whole way…

Amazing work Mark Beaumont!!


Combined Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine / Emergency Medicine post

Two 6 month junior / middle grade doctor posts available – one commencing Feb 2018, the other Aug 2018. Includes funded enrolment in Postgraduate Certificate in Remote Healthcare or Diploma in Occupational Medicine.

DDRC Healthcare is a charity providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO), training and research in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and associated fields. In conjunction with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, we are looking to appoint two junior doctors for 6 month posts – one doctor to commence February 2018 and the other August 2018.


DDRC Healthcare are looking for Doctors with a minimum of 2 years experience post qualification. You must have full registration with the GMC or be eligible to become fully registered. You must also hold a diving qualification.


The post will be an average of 6 sessions per week at DDRC Healthcare and 4 sessions per week in the Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital. Derriford Hospital is adjacent to DDRC Healthcare and is the largest teaching hospital in the southwest with a busy Emergency Department.


DDRC Healthcare provides HBO for elective and emergency patients for conditions including decompression Illness (DCI), tissue damage secondary to radiotherapy and diabetic ulcers.


Training will be provided in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine and successful candidates will be encouraged and funded to enrol in the Postgraduate Certificate in Remote Healthcare run by the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry or the Diploma in Occupational Medicine.


There is no on call commitment for the diving aspect of this post however individuals will be encouraged to be involved in the management of diving accidents. The ED sessions may include some night shifts.


For application form and further information see Employment section

To discuss the job or to arrange a visit – please contact Dr Christine Penny – or 01752 209999


Closing date:  16/08/17 at 1700                                Interview date: 31/08/17

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Early morning call gets WEM mobilised to assist Mark Beaumont on his epic around the world challenge

When medical advice, training and a reach-back facility was needed to support this epic undertaking Mark looked now further than World Extreme Medicine. From providing technical advice to Mark’s performance coach Laura Penhaul, crew training and support on the road WEM has been there the whole way

A major tumble on Day 9 saw WEM providing dental advice to Laura….

‘So at 05:30am, 1.5hrs in to the first session, the thing you hope to never happen, happened. Mark had an accident. He hit a pot hole which stopped the bike in it’s tracks whilst he continued forwards over the handle bars. The impact of landing was taken heavily on his left hand and face, which resulted in splintering his left canine tooth, shearing off the enamel and exposing the dentine and residual enamel underneath.

Understandably he came in to the RV a bit shaken, he was spitting blood and shards of enamel out of his mouth.

As routine, vitals were checked and all within normal range. Ongoing monitoring was maintained through the following 45mins to watch for shock. This was hugely helped by TempusPro automatically monitoring his blood pressure every 3 minutes, his oxygen saturation, heart rate and respiratory rate, whilst recording it all in the background, allowing me to get on with managing Mark.

When Mark fell he also automatically tried to brake his fall with his left hand. Although there was direct contact with the ground through the hand, the force was distributed up the arm and he felt discomfort in his elbow. Imagine the braking force coming up from the ground through the forearm and his 90 kg’s dropping down, these two forces converge at the elbow causing compression at the joint. This is a typical mechanism of injury for a radial head fracture in the forearm, so it is on the top of the list for a possible diagnosis. Thankfully though his range is fairly reasonable, he has no pain on palpation and although uncomfortable, he is able to weight bear through the arm.

So main management:


Being linked with World Extreme Medicine, I contacted Mark Hannaford to ask for a dentist expert and he kindly put me in touch with Burjor Langdana who is the ex Antarctic Survey Dentist. After sending some photos I took and an email to Burjor, within the hour he sent me an amazingly informative and thorough email detailing the steps to take to manage Mark’s tooth. Following his sound advice will involve filing down the tooth to smooth it and then applying a resin – all in a normal days work for a Physio by trade! One of Mark’s close friends spotted the incident on social media and lives in Moscow so is trying to source some resin to send to me.


Doctor Andrew Murray is a Sports Medicine doctor, and a speaker at WEMs annual Extreme Medicine conference who, along with Dr Sean Hudson MBE WEM’s co founder, is kindly at the end of the phone for me if I have any medical queries to discuss when Mark’s performance is involved. Andrew and I have spoken today at length about the worst case scenario of Mark’s elbow having an underlying hairline fracture. In any normal situation you would get imaging/ further investigations to confirm a diagnosis, however we are not in the position to spend a few hours looking for and then sitting in a Russian A&E department. In this situation you have to weigh up the worst case scenario, if it was diagnosed as an intra-articular joint fracture or a radial head fracture, what would our management be? Would our management change if we had the imagery? Could it be an injury that would have long term negative affects if it’s not treated correctly now? Etc etc.

Without imagery, we can say that Mark is able to tolerate weight bearing through the arm and can grip the brakes/ gears, so is therefore safe on the bike to continue to ride. Mark is happy to continue riding and doesn’t feel it’s bad enough to stop (that in itself is a strong indication of severity not withstanding his mental strength). For now we ice it regularly, apply compression to be worn when riding, address any secondary stiffness above and below the joint and fundamentally monitor it over the next 48hours. These next 2 days will give us a greater idea to it’s severity and presentation.

Meanwhile, apart from a couple of hours dip after injury, Mark as always has stayed in great spirits and powered along. We are now 2 hours away from close of play today and even with this accident, the machine is still on target for a high mileage day. Read the full article here

Follow Mark Beaumont’s progress here. Read more about Laura Penhaul’s work at Adaptive Performance here

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Mark Beaumont - Around the World in 80 Days