Free event! Meet air ambulance Critical Care Team and learn about career pathways

Are you a Healthcare Practitioner, Medical or Paramedic student, and do you have an interest in meeting the Critical Care Team from Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC)? Do you want to understand how to pursue a career in Helicopter Emergency Services (HEMS) or learn about opportunities to work alongside GWAAC as a Great Western Heartstarters volunteer teaching CPR and defibrillation to the public? If so, this event is for you!

In collaboration with the University of the West of England (UWE), Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) is inviting you to a free event on Wednesday 28 June 2023 at UWE’s Glenside campus from 18:00 to 19:30.

  • Enjoy a keynote speech from Vicki Brown, GWAAC’s Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Critical Care, about her work in HEMS and how she is pushing boundaries within the paramedic profession
  • Take part in a Q&A session with GWAAC crew members, Dr Rich Jeavons and Specialist Paramedic in Critical Care, Callum Sutton
  • Join a demonstration by GWAAC Heartstarters volunteers and learn about the work they do in our communities
  • Chat to Vicki, Rich and Callum individually, as well as with GWAAC staff and Heartstarters volunteers, before and after the lecture

The event is part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAS) by UWE – a series of talks from change-makers, activists, entrepreneurs, and people who have achieved amazing things in Bristol and beyond.

Don’t miss out! To find out more and book your place, go to UWE’s booking page

About Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

The air ambulance and critical care service, which is charity funded, provides emergency medical care to the most seriously ill or injured in the region.

GWAAC’s crew of Critical Care Doctors, Advanced Clinical Practitioners, and Specialist Paramedics bring the expertise of a hospital emergency department to the scene of an incident. These skills can make the difference between life and death. From roadside blood transfusions to performing emergency surgery to anaesthesia, the crew is specially trained to deliver pre-hospital emergency care to both children and adults.

In 2022, GWAAC received a total of 1,808 call-outs to people in urgent need across its region which includes Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, and parts of Wiltshire.

About Great Western Heartstarters

Great Western Heartstarters is GWAAC’s training initiative teaching children how to deliver effective CPR and use a defibrillator. Its aim is for every child in our region to leave secondary school with the confidence and skills to deliver early lifesaving interventions.

Over a third of the missions that GWAAC’s Critical Care Team attends are cardiac arrests – in a situation where someone’s life is in danger, every minute counts, and the care the patient receives before the specialist crew gets there plays a vital role in their survival.