The service has two full time registrars on six month placements at any one time. We also have a number of sessional registrars who are active on the clinical rota. As well as gaining experience in pre-hospital care and critical care retrieval, emrs registrars develop skills in service development and clinical governance.



ZOë Smeed


Zoë has completed her training and holds a Certificate of Completion in Training in Emergency Medicine (South East Scotland) with sub-speciality Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (East of England).   She additionally enjoys working as a sports and event doctor covering motorsport, ice-hockey and outdoor events, including working at both the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and London 2012 Olympic Games.  Zoë also works for the East Anglia Ambulance Service and Magpas Air Ambulance.  She enjoys instructing on ALS, ATLS and BASICS Scotland courses, in addition to the National PHEM training course.  She is the national Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine Trainees Association Curriculum representative and enjoys working alongside the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care developing PHEM sub-speciality training

In her free time Zoë enjoys working out at the gym, participating in outdoor sporting activities and travelling.  Her favourite travel destination to date is Norway, and she is looking forward to planning her next travelling adventure.



Neil is the first registrar to join the EMRS team as part of an innovative training partnership with London's Air Ambulance. The post, which provides experience in both remote retrieval and urban trauma is the only one of its kind in the UK. Prior to undertaking this subspecialty training Neil was an Emergency Medicine trainee in Essex and actively involved in prehospital care with the BASICS Essex Accident Rescue Service.

After Graduating from Barts & The London in 2011 Neil has worked in emergency care in America, South Africa and most recently in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak. When not at work he enjoys going on long bike rides - both on and off road.


Sarah Maclean

MBChBBSc(Hons)  FRCADip Mtn Med

Sarah is a Specialty Registrar in Anaesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine in Tayside. Prior to working with EMRS, her pre-hospital experience included being on the medical team at the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup and completing the Diploma in Mountain Medicine. Sarah is interested in teaching and is an instructor on ALS and APLS courses, as well as contributing regularly to undergraduate teaching at the Universities of Dundee and Aberdeen. Her other interests include altitude physiology and rural critical care.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys mountain biking, hillwalking, ski touring, playing music, baking, and planning her next adventure! Her favourite place is the west coast of Harris.


Dr Douglas Maxwell

Doug is a West of Scotland Emergency Medicine registrar who joined the service in August 2016. He has worked in many of the Emergency Departments around Glasgow and spent some time in Australia. His interest in pre-hospital trauma medicine grew through experience working in motorsport medicine predominantly covering motorbike events. Although originally hailing from Edinburgh, he has been allowed to stay in the West and has grown to fully appreciate the surrounding landscape of the West Coast and what it has to offer. When not at work, Doug enjoys spending time with his family and is a keen mountain biker, average cyclist and borderline skiier. Working with the EMRS gives him great job satisfaction to be able to provide a service to the communities in some of the most spectacular areas of Scotland. 


Dr Alistair Maddock 



Ali is an anaesthetic registrar in Glasgow and joined the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service in February 2014.  His interest in prehospital medicine began at the tender age of 16 as a first aid volunteer at Motherwell games.  Since then he has worked in motorsport medicine and as a crowd doctor at events including football matches and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.  He is still active in St Andrews First Aid and holds the rank of Honorary Medical Officer.

When not in theatre or on EMRS duty, Ali can usually be found officiating on a basketball court.  He regularly referees in the Scottish National Leagues but the highlight of his basketball career thus far was working as a statistician at the London 2012 Olympics.  He occasionally finds time to do some climbing or get out on his bike.



Christina is in her final year of paediatric intensive care training.  She has a keen interest in patient safety and paediatric critical care outreach.

Christina is a fan of sports and the great outdoors.  She has recently discovered skiing and aims to get down slopes in a speedy manner that doesn't result in her requiring EMRS retrieval.




JP is a final year Emergency Medicine Registrar in the West of Scotland and has worked as an EMRS Sessional Registrar since November 2011.  He is undertaking a 6 month Out of Programme attachment with the service at present.  He has an interest in trauma care, research and education, instucts on APLS and ATLS courses and is looking forward to working with Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance post CCT, final exams permitting.

In his spare time JP enjoys cooking (French classics), golf (poorly) and the euphoric pleasure (!) of CrossFit workouts.  He is married to Micheala, a fellow EM trainee.  Look out for him on base on a Sunday, found slaving over the cooker making a big breakfast for all on base! 




Dave is an Emergency Medicine trainee based at The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. 
He graduated from Edinburgh University and continues to teach and examine undergraduate medical students there. 

His specialist interests involve Prehospital Emergency Medicine and Retrieval Medicine as well as IT in healthcare. 

He is the developer of our multi-award winning EMRS iOS App and is involved in the provision of similar apps across the UK and Australia. 
Dave is married to Yvonne and enjoys eating out, and generally relaxing when he gets time off work!