Project information

Critical Care Paramedic Training

We are recruiting additional paramedics to work on the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Our existing paramedics have completed a Critical Care Paramedic course and we would like the new paramedics to undertake this course in 2015.

One Year

Charity information: Wiltshire Air Ambulance

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  • Need


    In 2013 the life-saving helicopter was called to 733 incidents which included 112 night flights. These incidents included road traffic collisions, heart attacks, strokes, horse-riding accidents, child-related emergencies to sporting and cycling injuries.

    The speed of the helicopter, combined with the skill of the experienced crew, can make the difference between life and death.


    The current paramedics on board Witshire Air Ambulance have all completed additional training to become Critical Care Paramedics (CCP). The course has given them an extensive amount of underpinning knowledge in advanced pre-hospital care and medicine.

    At the scene of an accident, they are now able able to assess and diagnose illness and injuries and treat patients using more powerful drugs and equipment on scene that up to now was only used in hospital.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To train our new Paramedics to become Critical Care Paramedics in line with the existing crew.


    » We hope to achieve this aim by raising enough funds during The Big Christmas Give Challenge to fund this essential training for two paramedics.

    Success will be raising sufficent funds for two new Paramedics to undertake the Critical Care Paramedics Training in 2015.

  • Impact


    It is thanks to the Critical Care Paramedic training that we can be sure that patients that require the services of Wiltshire Air Ambulance and specialist crew are now receiving the absolute gold standard level of care. Be it advanced assessment of injury, advanced pharmacology or an advanced surgical procedure, there is no better service available that can ensure the right care gets to the right patient at the right time, and we are making a real difference every day.


    The risk is that we do not raise enough funds to be able to fund the Critical Care Paramedic training course for two new paramedics. If we do not raise sufficent funds during the challenge then we will have to submit applications to grant making organisations for the balance of the project. This will all take time and this funding is not guaranteed.


    We will report the progress of the project to donors either by post or email depending on their preferences. We will also use social and traditional media to report on the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Critical Care Paramedic Course To train two new Paramedics to become Critical Care Paramedics
  • Background


    From its base in Devizes the Air Ambulance can reach anywhere in the county within 8-10 minutes. Wherever it lands it is never more than 8 minutes away from a receiving A&E hospital, although a patient is always flown to the most appropriate hospital rather than the closest to ensure they can continue to receive the best possible care. For example, if a patient has suffered severe burns they may be flown straight to the specialist burns unit at Cardiff Hospital rather than to the nearest A&E.


    For over twenty years, the helicopter and crew have been involved in more than 18,000 missions involving medical emergencies and accidents, ranging from serious sports injuries to multiple vehicle collisions. We attend, on average, 2-3 potentially life-saving missions a day. The air ambulance is available 19 hours a day with 12% of call outs at night; this vital service offers patients the best possible prospect of survival and full recovery.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Wiltshire Air Ambulance and its life saving crew have been saving lives in the county of Wiltshire and beyond for over 20 years.

    For every £1 raised only 11p is spent on fundraising.

    But more than anything it is the difference we make to people like Dave Haines, who suffered a motorcycle accident:

    "“Without the care and treatment of Wiltshire Air Ambulance crew and this amazing flying machine, I would not be here today"

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Rod Mackenzie - Honorary Medical Director

    Rod is career Emergency Physician with a specialist clinical interest in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine and an academic interest in injury prevention

    Richard Millar

    Richard has been a member of Wiltshire Air Ambulance crew since 2001 and is the Clinical Support Officer for the whole team of Paramedics at the base.

    Dr Ed Valentine

    Ed Valentine is a HEMS Doctor for Wiltshire Air Ambulance and is also a member of the Wiltshire SWIFT Medics team.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance and its life saving crew

Wiltshire Air Ambulance and its life saving crew

“Without the care and treatment of Wiltshire Air Ambulance crew and this amazing flying machine, I would not be here today"

Dave Haines, Motorcyclist air lifted by Wiltshire Air Ambulance