We are pleased to announce that the following members of BASICS South West schemes were awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their service in pre-hospital emergency care.
- SAVES: Drs Shirley Gover, James Hickman and Chris Krasucki
- TACTICS: Drs David Hillebrandt, Stephen Myers, Simon Scott-Hayward and Andy Smith
- PLIMS: Drs Marc Epps, Tony Golding-Cook, Ian Higginson and Ian Morris
- BASICS Cornwall: Drs David Ashton-Cleary, Jeremy Mawer and Matthew Stead
- SWIFT Medics: Drs James Dunn, Jonathan Glover and Phil Lucas
In addition Dr James Hickman was awarded the MBE "for services to healthcare, particularly emergency medical care" in the Queens Birthday Honours 2014.
BASICS South West was formed in March 2010 as an umbrella group for the immediate care schemes working with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. The founding schemes were SAVES (Somerset), PLIMS (Plymouth and surrounding area of South Devon) TACTICS (Remainder of Devon) and BASICS Cornwall. In 2013 TACTICS and PLIMS merged to form BASICS Devon and BASICS South West was joined by SWIFT Medics providing services in Wiltshire. In 2015, BASICS South West was joined by BASICS Gloucestershire forming a federation of BASICS schemes, working with South Western Ambulance Service, that stretches from Lands End in Cornwall to Moreton-in Marsh in the Cotswolds.
BASICS SW schemes are part of a larger network of immediate care schemes across the UK which operate under the umbrella of the national organisation BASICS
In 2013, the two longstanding Devon BASICS Schemes, PLIMS and TACTICS, came together to form one scheme covering the whole of Devon. TACTICS and PLIMS doctors have been responding to serious trauma and medical emergencies for over twenty years with members drawn from the fields of Primary Care and Emergency Medicine.
BASICS Cornwall aims to bring high-quality, advanced emergency care to the people of Cornwall. Our members are all volunteer Doctors - GPs, Anaesthetists and Emerergency Department physicians. We collaborate on audit, training and education within the group and with our colleagues in the Ambulance Service.
Established in the 1970s we provide pre-hospital emergency medical care within Gloucestershire. We are a team of GPs, hospital specialists and paramedics and volunteer our time to assist the ambulance service. For more information or to contact us please visit our website.