ADVANCED RETRIEVAL PRACTITIONER
BSc DipIMC RCS (Edin) DipRTM RCS (Edin)
Neil began his career with the Scottish Ambulance Service 10 years ago and has been a paramedic for 8 years. He gained most of his experience working in Edinburgh staffing traditional ambulances, response cars and cycle response units. He relocated to the west coast in 2010 to take a secondment with the SAS helicopter Helimed 5. The highlight and most challenging move of his career was joining the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service in the role of retrieval practitioner in 2011. Neil has a Bachelor of Science degree in paramedical science from Stirling University and has gained the diploma in immediate medical care and the diploma in retrieval and transfer medicine from Edinburgh's Royal College of Surgeons. He is looking forward to the challenge of returning to the royal college of surgeons this year as a member of the faculty and examiner for the retrieval and transfer medicine diploma.
Neil's specialist clinical interests are prehospital cardiac arrest management after being one of the founder members of the successful TOPCAT resuscitation project in Edinburgh and the development of the retrieval practitioner role within EMRS. Currently Neil is the lead ARP for education and training and is utilising his experiences from the London air ambulance Helicopter Crew Course to increase the intensity and complexity of the daily simulation at the base. He will be continuing his post graduate studies this year and hopes to complete a MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.
In his spare time, Neil tries to mountain bike and snowboard when the weather permits.