Paramedic and BASICS SW doctor attend a trapped lorry driver
Paramedic and BASICS SW doctor attend a trapped lorry driver

Membership of SAVES is open to those with an interest in pre-hospital emergency care in Somerset at the discretion of the management committee.

Once you have been invited to join you may complete the membership application form and submit it to the secretary. You should also request access to the members' Area of the Website

To become an active responder for the group you will have to be recommended by the SAVES Medical Committee  to the BASICS South West Committee.  They will consider you for accreditation and, if succesful recommend you to the Medical Director of the Ambulance Service as a Medical Responder. 

As a minimum, actively responding doctors must be fully registered with at least 3 years experience since full registration.  They should hold a certificate in Pre-Hospital Emergency Care or equivalent and have engaged with the scheme's CPD programme. Responding doctors must be members of The British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS) although SAVES will cover the subscription cost for active responders.

The BASICS SW accreditation process is based on an agreed regional policy for approval of new BASICS SW responders

SAVES will provide financial support for the training required to prepare for responding for the scheme. Details can be found here.

Currently South Western Ambulance Service restricts actively responding as a member of SAVES to medical practitioners. However SAVES welcomes paramedics and nurses with an interest in pre-hospital emergency care to apply for membership and to attend the regular SAVES educational and development meetings.

Lay persons who would be interested in getting involved in SAVES management, fundraising and support functions would be very welcome.

For more information or details contact the secretary, Dr James Seddon.


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