Expedition Medic

We are currently looking for highly experienced and skilled medical staff to undertake the role of Expedition Medic on our summer 2018 expeditions to the Amazon, Himalaya, Yukon, Spain and Iceland. A doctor is preferred for the post however applications from paramedics with significant expedition experience will also be considered. 

Expedition medical teams are devised for each of our expeditions based on a thorough assessment of medical requirements taking into account a range of factors including, but not limited to, the environment, client group and access to local facilities/services.

Our medical teams consist of fully qualified medical professionals and may include Doctors and other healthcare professionals such as Nurses or Paramedics with appropriate specialist experience. Please note that we are only recruiting experienced Doctors at this point of the application process.

Compulsory training dates: All Leaders are required to attend training and preparation dates, which include - Leader Induction: 16th-18th February 2018 (TBC), Leader Training: 23rd-25th March 2018 (TBC), Explorer Briefing 13th-15th April (TBC) and a 16hr Wilderness First Aid Course in May.

 

 
Applications for our 2018 expedition Leader positions are now open! Click on the link below to apply

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General requirements

• An interest in youth development and experience of working with young people relevant to the expedition client group*
• High levels of integrity and sound judgement
• A strong and flexible team player
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Strong leadership skills and the ability to inspire others
• The ability to deal with conflict and overcome challenges
• Expedition experience or extensive personal travel in remote areas/developing world locations
• An enthusiasm for expeditions and the ability to convey this to young people

Specific requirements

Doctors
• MBChB/MBBS (or equivalent)
• Full UK GMC registration with no restrictions on practice or equivalent registration in another country. (For UK trained GMC registered doctors, this requires satisfactory completion of F1 and F2 years prior to the expedition departure date)
• Advanced Trauma & Life Support (ATLS) qualification (or equivalent such as PHTLS, PHECC, DipIMC, FIMC or DipMM)
Nurses
• Full Nursing Qualification
• Full UK GNC registration with no restrictions on practice or equivalent registration in an EU country.
• Expedition medicine course or qualification (such as advanced expedition first aid)
• Must hold a prescribing qualification and be able to gain personal defense union cover
Paramedics
• Currently licensed paramedic
• Expedition medicine course or qualification (such as advanced expedition first aid)
• Must be able to gain personal defense union cover

Desirable attributes

• Outdoor leadership qualifications and/or training
• Adventurous/outdoor activity experience or qualifications
Doctors
• Expedition medicine course or qualification
Nurses
• Advanced Trauma & Life Support (ATLS) qualification (or equivalent such as PHTLS, PHECC, DipIMC, FIMC or DipMM)
• Experience of A&E and/or Trauma medicine
Paramedics
• Advanced Trauma & Life Support (ATLS) qualification (or equivalent such as PHTLS, PHECC, DipIMC, FIMC or DipMM)
• Experience of A&E and/or Trauma medicine

On Expedition

• To inspire our explorers and engage fully in activities to support the educational aims and purpose of the society and expedition
• All leaders must regard as priority the safety of each and every member of the expedition at all times
• At the beginning of the expedition: Brief leaders and participants with respect to the first aid kits, their contents and usage, and any other points
• Contact local medical facilities to confirm available services
• Be on call throughout the expedition to deal with any medical queries
• Complete an incident/medical form for any issues that arise in order to maintain accurate records
• Encourage everyone to self-manage minor problems, with input from medic if appropriate

Pre Expedition

• Attend training weekends 
• Contact your defence organisation and ensure they will provide cover for your role on the expedition. 
• Research medical problems specific to location and activities 
• Check the quantity and contents of the expeditions medical kits  
• Brief all expedition members on medical issues at the pre-expedition briefing weekend. 
• Undertake 1-2-1 interviews with all expedition participants at the pre-expedition briefing weekend as part of the medical screening process
• Answer medical queries from the office, participants and parents
• Contribute to planning, risk assessments, expedition-specific guidelines and similar as appropriate
• Liaise closely with the British Exploring medical advisors and the office team to ensure that any guidance produced is checked and cleared 

Post Expedition

• Provide a medical report detailing any relevant lessons learned for future expeditions
• Contribute to the overall post expedition report (PXR), post expedition debrief event and presentation and expedition feedback as appropriate and directed by British Exploring and/or Chief Leader
• Contact participants GPs with details of any serious medical issues during expedition if appropriate