EMRS has 27 part time consultants. These consultants are specialists in emergency medicine, anaesthetics or intensive care. As well as undertaking a clinical role each consultant has a service development lead responsibility. These roles include research, clinical governance, risk management and major incident response. All of the consultants have a rural hospital they are responsible for liaising with and visiting annually for feedback and training.



Dr Stephen Hearns 


Stephen is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley and lead consultant for EMRS. His main interest lies in the care of seriously ill patients in remote environments. He has been an active member of Arrochar mountain rescue team for 18 years and holds the Mountain Leader Award. Stephen acted as medical officer on seven international expeditions before establishing the first expedition medicine course in the UK. He has previously been an instructor on ATLS, ALS and PALS courses. Stephen finished his training with the London Helicopter Emergency Medical Service.  Over the past fifteen years he has led the establishment of the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service in Scotland. Stephen has published a number of papers and book chapters related to these subjects. He also led the team establishing the Diploma in retrieval and transfer medicine for the Royal College of Surgeons and contributes to the organisation of the annual UK retrieval conference.  He is attracted to the challenges of retrieval medicine in demanding remote environments with limited resources.

He is married to Kerry and has three sons. Stephen enjoys mountains, road cycling and mountain biking.


Dr Andrew Inglis 


Drew is a Consultant Intensivist at South Glasgow University Hospital.  He has worked for the EMRS since the start in October 2004 and is a member of the project steering group.  Prior to this he had retrieval medicine experience from working in Adelaide, South Australia.  Trained in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Adelaide and Brisbane, Drew is an experienced instructor for ALS, ATLS and BASICS-Scotland.  He has also taught with the 'Scotland Malawi anaesthesia project' in Blantyre, Malawi in 2007 and 2008 and on other courses in Austria and Denmark.  Within the EMRS Drew is tasked with liaison with Ayrshire and Arran.

Away from work Drew's interests include travel, hillwalking, languages, football and a wide taste in world music.


Dr Alasdair Corfield


Alasdair trained as an Emergency Physician in Scotland & Australia and has an interest in critical care in Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Care settings. He currently works as an Emergency Medicine Consultant and as a Consultant in Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine with ScotSTAR, delivering critical care transport with the Scottish Ambulance Service. He leads research and development activity within ScotSTAR. His research interests are in trauma care, early warning scores and public health aspects of emergency care. In his spare time, Alasdair is a keen skier, average biker and novice triathlete.

 Twitter @al_corfield




JP is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in Lanarkshire and has worked with EMRS in a variety of roles since November 2011. He is the Major Incident lead for the service and represents the West of Scotland on the RCEM National Board.  In addition, his other main professional interests are in major trauma care, and teaching and training (both undergraduate and postgraduate) and instructing on a variety of courses including APLS and ETC. 

In his spare time, JP enjoys cooking (French classics), golf (poorly) and learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which he describes as “human chess, but with a bit more danger".  He is married to Micheala, a fellow EM Consultant and spends his non-working time with his accident-prone son and his array of adventurous interests. 


Dr Cieran McKiernan 


Cieran is a consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. He is an advocate of equality of critical care provision no matter where or when it is required. He is an instructor and course director for ATLS. He also has an interest in Medical Education and is currently an Associate Postgraduate Dean for NES and involved in RCEM Examinations as well as the DRTM.  

Cieran was lead for SOPs within EMRS and is liaison for Benbecula.

He is married to Leza with 2 children, a Dalmatian and a Weimaraner.

He has also developed a desire to promote support network for those with Physical Illness and Disability and is permanently legless.


Lt Col Pete Davis 


Consultant in Emergency Medicine in the British Army, based in Glasgow. Pete trained as an emergency physician in New Zealand where he developed a special interest in pre-hospital emergency care and mountain medicine. Since returning to the UK in 2003 he has worked on rotation with the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in London, and is a faculty member for the recently established Diploma in Mountain Medicine.


Dr Phil Munro

Phil qualified in Glasgow in 1989 and trained in the UK and Ireland before being appointed to a consultant post in Emergency Medicine at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow in 2000. He has been involved in prehospital care for about 20 years initially with the Medic One team in Edinburgh then later in Cork and finally as one of the original, voluntary team members for what became the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service. Phil has special interests in Emergency Department design, equipment and systems management.  He is the medical lead for EMRS equipment selection and configuration.  

Phil plays Flamenco guitar, does Crossfit and is the only medically qualified instructor for the Israeli self defence system Krav Maga in the UK.  He lives in Paisley with his wife Joan and to the amusement of his EMRS team colleagues, hates flying. 


Dr David Stoddart 


David is an Emergency Medicine Consultant based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. He has a keen interest in Retrieval Medicine and has been part of the team since its inception. He has an interest in paediatric care and in particular paediatric sedation. He has developed extensive experience in teaching at an under and postgraduate level. As part of the team he takes responsibility for communications.

When not at work he is to be found sailing around the west coast of Scotland and helping care for his son Jock.


Dr Neil Dignon 


Neil is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the Western Infirmary of Glasgow. He graduated from Manchester University in 1994 and worked in the North West of England before coming to Glasgow and training in Emergency Medicine. He has a wealth of pre-hospital experience with over 20 Expeditions overseas as a Medic. He has been a Faculty member on Expedition Medicine and Expemed – Britains leading Expedition Medicine courses, since they began. Neil’s liaison role is with Campbeltown, and he is responsible for Paramedic Teaching and Training. In his flight helmet he looks like a fly.


Dr Mark Dunn


Mark is dual accredited in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine and works at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh as well as with ScotSTAR EMRS.  Mark also has pre-hospital experience on Medic One, the Edinburgh based physician staffed road vehicle and previous aeromedical experience with the retrieval service in Townsville, Australia. Mark is an ATLS instructor and has published on procedural sedation, emergency airway management and critical care transfer.  Mark interests are Emergency Airway Management, Trauma, Cardiac Arrest, Transfer Medicine, ECLS, Clinical Decision Making and Human Factors, Infection Surveillance and Outbreak Management, Acute Liver Failure and Liver transplant. He is EMRS liaison consultant for Shetland and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

He is married with two children and outside work enjoys travel, hillwalking and skiing.  He is a self-confessed tech-head.



Doug is an emergency medicine consultant based in Clyde and has worked with the EMRS since 2016 when he undertook the fellowship. He is passionate about delivering critical care to remote and rural Scotland and finds it a privilege to work amongst some of the most outstanding communities and landscapes of his home country. From his base specialty in emergency medicine and exposure to working in motorsport medicine, he has developed a keen interest in delivering quality trauma care to the most critically injured patients. He believes highly in the value of teaching and training to ensure the best care is delivered to the patient and is involved with both undergraduate and postgraduate training with this aim. 

Outside work, Doug is an enthusiastic skier, average mountain biker, borderline cyclist and particularly enjoys a family holiday. 


Dr Randal McRoberts 

MB ChB MSc (Remote Healthcare) MRCGP MRCSEd (A&E) DipIMC FCEM 

Randal is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in Lothian. He has a special interest in Pre-Hospital and Remote Medical Care. He has previously worked as a rural GP in Scotland and was an Antarctic research station Doctor for 2 years with the British Antarctic Survey. Randal aims to bring his experience in rural and remote healthcare together with his Emergency Medicine and critical care skills to provide immediate care to Scotland’s rural communities. 

Outside of work, Randal can either be found in the Scottish Hills on his mountain bike or Kitesurfing in Tiree.




Kat is a consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care based at University Hospital Wishaw. She completed the EMRS fellowship in 2014 and continued as a sessional registrar before taking up a consultant post. Her professional interests include major trauma care, critical care and medical education (both undergraduate and postgraduate). Kat is an experienced ALS and APLS instructor as well as instructing on a number of airway management courses. Within the EMRS, she has recently taken over responsibility for organising the CPD days.

Away from work, Kat is a doggy mum to Oscar, a Rhodesian Ridgeback who joins her hill walking (when he can be persuaded to move from his favourite spot on the sofa). She also enjoys traveling, sea kayaking and sampling the occasional gin.


Dr Niall McMahon

Niall is a consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.  He previously worked for EMRS as a registrar from 2007 including a six month full time placement.  His interests include critical care, major trauma and teaching.

He has previously worked in Melbourne, Australia including time in The Alfred emergency and trauma centre.  He has worked for various prehospital teams including the Australian Formula 1 grand prix, the Gold Coast Indy and the Rally of Scotland.  He has also completed an international retrieval with Ozevac.

Niall has taught on various courses including EMRS liaison visits, ALS, SCRUMCAPS and has been involved in undergraduate teaching and exams.  His liaison role within EMRS, covers Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer.

Niall's personal interests include watching sport and running and also scuba diving if the water is warm enough.


Dr Richard Price 


Richard is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. He is a graduate of Aberdeen University and trained in anaesthesia and ICM in Glasgow.  He spent 2006 with the Sydney Aeromedical Retrieval Service.  He has been involved with the EMRS service since its inception and as a consultant since 2009.

He is liaison consultant for Mull, Tiree and Coll and leads the EMRS outreach education.  He is also a director of BASICS (Scotland).


Dr Nicola K Littlewood 


Nicola graduated from Glasgow University in 1999. After spending a couple of years in the antipodes in the Gold Coast and Christchurch EDs she completed her EM training in the WOS in 2009. 

 An interest in pre-hospital care and retrieval medicine was ignited after a few shifts for the flying doctor service in Christchurch and this was cemented by doing an EMRS fellowship in 2006.  She has been a consultant for EMRS since 2010 and is responsible for registrar recruitment, induction and educational supervision. Nicola is responsible for gaining EMRS approval as a PHEM subspecialty training programme and runs the joint scheme with London HEMS. She is currently TPD for PHEM training in Scotland.

 When not at work, Nicola likes being outdoors on a trail, up a hill or in the pool (brrr)


Dr Jon McCormack 


Jon is a Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. He graduated from Dundee University in 1998 before completing his Anaesthetic training in South East Scotland and a Paediatric Anaesthetic Fellowship in Vancouver. He is a Clinical Lead for Paediatric Trauma in the South-East Scotland Trauma Network and a member of the Scottish Trauma Network Paediatric Core Group and the national Mass Casualty-Major Incident planning group. Jon is also the Deputy Lead Examiner for the Diploma in Retrieval and Transfer Medicine (RCSEd) and is on the EMRS organising committee of the annual Retrieval Conference. His three children, generally keep him busy out of work but whenever time allows Jon is a keen cyclist and whenever snow allows, a very keen skier. 



Andrew Cadamy worked as a consultant with EMRS between 2008 and 2011 and was re-appointed in 2017 after a period focussing on his work as a Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthetics leading up to the opening of the nearby Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. At the QEUH he is the lead for clinical governance in critical care, and is a member of the ECMO team. He holds BSE accreditation in Adult Critical Care Echocardiography and is frequently seen either scanning, or gently berating a hopeful FICE candidate over their ‘depth’ and ‘gain’ settings. He is the current lead examiner for the Diploma in Retrieval and Transfer Medicine, and is liaison EMRS consultant for Caithness General Hospital, Wick. Outside of work his interests include running, cycling, and currently also squash. He is also a Community Councillor and, in defiance of the rudimentary state of his DIY skills, he has a project to build (with the help of his two children) a small wood-fired pizza oven in his garden.


Dr Mike Donald


Mike is an Emergency Medicine Consultant working in Tayside and is the prehospital lead for EMRS,

Mike has previous experience working for Careflight in New South Wales, Australia and spent time working in Sydney, Orange and Darwin.  He has also worked with London's air ambulance, Essex and Hertfordshire air ambulance and East Anglian air ambulance.

In the past 12 months, Mike has been seconded to a non-clinical role to oversee a key area of development for the EMRS which has been the introduction of a dedicated 'trauma desk' within Ambulance Control to improve the recognition of major trauma cases and the allocation of critical care resource.

Mike is married with four children and spends his spare time swimming, cycling and running after them.


Dr Neil Hughes 


Neil is a consultant in Emergency Medicine at Monklands Hospital in Lanarkshire.  He went to medical school in Dundee before embarking on a wandering career path around Scotland, Wales and Australia. He has been with the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service since 2011 and previously worked in aeromedical retrieval in Queensland.

His particular interests include critical care, paediatrics, echocardiography, social media in emergency medicine and teaching.  Neil regularly teaches on ALS, APLS and TEAM courses in different parts of the UK and abroad.

The use of blood products in the pre-hospital field is Neil’s current interest within the EMRS team.

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Dr Tim Parke

Tim is an emergency and retrieval physician at the Southern General Hospital and the EMRS in Glasgow and is dually trained in emergency medicine and intensive care. 

He has worked as a consultant in ITU and A&E at the Southern General and been Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine for both South Glasgow Hospitals and Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand.  He was involved in setting up the forerunner service to EMRS for West Scotland and initiated the Auckland Rescue Helicopter EMS.  Other PHC experience includes duties with Medic 1 in Edinburgh, the UK emergency response to the Kurdish refugee crisis in Northern Iraq, the Glasgow Shock Team and the 'Lifeflight' national air ambulance service in New Zealand.


Surg Cdr Jayne McKinlay RN


Jayne graduated from Cambridge University in 2004 and was appointed Consultant in Emergency Medicine at St Mary’s Major Trauma Centre in London in 2016 having trained in Scotland. Her main interests are teaching and major trauma and she instructs on several related courses. Jayne has been lucky to have worked with several pre-hospital care teams both ashore and afloat. Part of the EMRS team since 2011 and has recently been involved in a governance project aligning the critical care pre-hospital teams of Scotland.

Main interests outside work are travel and family. Her 2 year old keeps her busy as well as the 2 dogs!




Michael studied at the University of Dundee before moving to Glasgow to undertake his specialist training in Emergency Medicine. During his training he spent a year in Western Australia working in retrieval medicine. During this time he completed the DRTM. He has worked with EMRS since 2013 as a registrar before being appointed as a consultant split between Glasgow Royal Infirmary and EMRS. He has been an instructor in ATLS since 2012, and was a medical lead for the Glasgow Commonwealth games, and also a lead consultant for the Glastonbury Festival since 2015. He has a keen interest in safety and is the lead for event reporting within the service, as well as morbidity and mortality within GRI. He is liaison for Mid-Argyll. 




Ali is a consultant anaesthetist. He has worked for EMRS since 2014, initially as a sessional registrar, and later as a full-time fellow. He is currently a locum consultant at the Service until he takes up another fellowship at Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance in early 2019. His interest in prehospital care started in his teens as a first aid volunteer; since then he has worked as a doctor at motorsport events, football matches, and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He is still an active member of St Andrew’s First Aid, holding the rank of Honorary Medical Officer.

He has been involved in a number of EMRS research projects and has presented these at national and international meetings, as well as publishing articles, abstracts and letters on prehospital care with Service colleagues. Outside of work, he enjoys playing and watching cricket - rarely a sensible pursuit in Scotland - and has extensive experience as a basketball official, the highlight of which was working at the London 2012 Olympic Games as a statistician. He lives on the south side of Glasgow with his partner and their two cats, Gilbert and George.



Steven is an Emergency Medicine Consultant at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He studied medicine at Glasgow University and completed Foundation Training in Glasgow before moving to Melbourne to enjoy Emergency Medicine in the sun. He completed EM training in the West of Scotland and completed a Fellowship with the EMRS in 2018.  

Steven was appointed as a consultant to the EMRS following his fellowship. He is interested in Quality Improvement and is taking forward the badgecam project in the EMRS. 

Outside of work Steven enjoys road cycling and competing in triathlons.