Mark is a consultant anaesthetist with a specialist interest in Trauma at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke on Trent. Mark is also a senior medical lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire where he has worked with the team to develop and run the first Critical Care Paramedic course. Mark is not only ALS, ATLS, APLS, MIMMS and PHECC qualified but instructs on many of these courses. Mark is a veteran of London HEMS and works for the Midlands Air Ambulance based out of RAF Cosford. Mark has been an active responder for BASICS for nearly 10 years, having started in the Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire borders whilst training as an anaesthetist and now responding with North Staffordshire BASICS since moving to the area as a consultant. Mark initiated and now coordinates the monthly BASICS teaching attended by other members of the scheme, medical students, junior doctors, nurses and paramedics. He is also involved in national trauma related research projects. Mark was an officer in the Territorial Army Medical Corps for 5 years and worked for the Events Medicine Company providing disaster cover to major UK airshows. On 10th May 2002 he was the Medical Incident Officer for the Potters Bar Train crash whilst working on London HEMS. His breadth of knowledge, experience and skills make Mark well known and extremely popular for his calm and organised approach even at the most serious of incidents.
Away from the hospital, helicopters, patients and the lecture theatre, Mark is the proud father of the three noisiest and energetic children in Staffordshire!
Ben is an anaesthetic specialty registrar living in Stoke and working in hospitals in the West Midlands Deanery area. As a member of the BASICS scheme Ben’s enthusiasm and variety of skills make him a great asset to the medical team. Prior to joining BASICS he spent one year as an observer with Staffordshire Ambulance Service and subsequently worked for them as a pre-hospital doctor and has since put this experience to good use working within the scheme. Ben is one of the founders of UKParaPack Ltd, who have put the JRCALC and other medical guidelines into a digital format allowing them to be accessed via a user friendly web browser system on a PDA or tablet PC. His IT knowledge has enabled the BASICS scheme to develop its own website, which will provide both pre-hospital practitioners and the public with an insight into the scheme’s activities. Ben is helping to promote the sub-speciality of pre-hospital medicine to doctors in training, by encouraging them to attend BASICS training meetings via his strong and continued links with the medical student body at Keele University.
His previous careers include working as a motor mechanic, cook, outdoor pursuits instructor and builder and these skills have been regularly put to use within the scheme, including fitting VHF radios in the response cars to help improve communication with the ambulance service; and advising other scheme members on DIY projects!!
Latif has been working as a GP in Stoke on Trent for the last 15 years. Since he started his practice he has also been involved in working as a BASICS doctor for over 10 years. Latif was undoubtedly the first and most energetic lead in pre hospital care in North Staffordshire. He single-handedly founded, staffed and fund raised for the North Staffordshire BASICS scheme, and it would be no overstatement to say he made it what it is today.
Latif is known for his laid back and quiet demeanour but is respected for his willingness to use advanced surgical techniques to take hold of any situation he faces.
Latif is also involved in teaching medical students from Keele University Medical School. There is considerable competition amongst students to obtain this General Practice placement as students are exposed to pre-hospital experiences second to none.
Latif is also familiar face to the local police service as he has worked as a police surgeon for the last 5 years, helping provide clinical and forensic support to the local police force.
Outside the Pre-Hospital setting Latif is a busy family man as the proud father of 6 children. They are often found supporting BASICS at the numerous fundraising events.