The North East Ambulance Service are the world champions for trauma care.
A team from the Trust was crowned best in the world in a gruelling 10-hour exercise at the recent International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) annual conference in America.
Clinical educator David Stephenson, clinical operations manager Alan Potts, clinical care manager Ben Barber and HART paramedic Scott Jones were put through their paces with support from the Trust’s workforce lead Karen Gardner, beating off stiff competition from trauma teams from around the world, including Jordan, the Americas, Canada, Slovenia, Germany, Holland, Australia and Nigeria.
As the only UK representative and winners of this year’s competition, NEAS is also the first European team to win the competition in 30 years. The team had to deal with three trauma scenarios and were judged by an international panel of experts.
The Trust is a leader in International Trauma Life Support training for ambulance crews. ITLS was set up to improve the outcomes of patients with traumatic injuries by developing emergency care practices based on the best available evidence.
Head of workforce and development at NEAS Karen Gardner said:
“Working on an ambulance is all about working together effectively, so putting our skills and teamwork under a global spotlight, with specialist judges assessing us from all over the world, has both earned us the recognition that affirms our practices in the North East and given us enormous pride to work for our service.
“The team has worked particularly hard this year and their professionalism was a credit to the Trust.
“Most people join the ambulance service because they want to help people in an emergency and whilst trauma care isn’t all that we offer as a service, it’s often a part of the job that crews are keen to develop their skills in.
“We teach our own teams with the latest ITLS training and we also offer external training to others across the UK so we were both keen to represent our region and our country, and delighted to have brought home a great deal of learning from the latest developments.”