The relief of persons suffering injury or illness by the provision of Immediate Medical Care.
To advance the study of Immediate Medical Care by the provision of training.
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust governs the clinical activity of BEARS practitioners whilst responding on their behalf. All BEARS members are experienced doctors and paramedics who have undergone an agreed level of additional training and mentorship prior to responding to incidents.
Most BEARS volunteer practitioners operate at a ‘Level 2’ skills set, which includes management of medical and trauma patients at a ‘sub-anesthetic’ level. The scheme does have doctors that operate at level 3 enabling them to provide full pre-hospital critical care interventions.
Many BEARS practitioners have experience in anesthetics and can assist a ‘Level 3’ provider with giving a general anesthetic prior to the patient being transferred to the right hospital, should the patient’s condition necessitate this.
BEARS Practitioners are required to hold current qualifications in:
Advanced Adult and Paediatric Life Support
Pre-hospital Emergency Care
Advanced and emergency drivingMost practitioners in BEARS hold the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The scheme also has examiners for this qualification as members.BEARS practitioners are also required to maintain a portfolio of Continual Professional Development in Pre-Hospital care and provide yearly submissions to the scheme.
BEARS hold regular governance meetings that are attended by the schemes practitioners. At these events cases are reviewed and also formal training is provided to ensure that the practitioners knowledge and skills are maintained at the highest level.Practitioners are required to submit an incident summary after every call requiring advanced interventions or clinical decision-making, to ensure that quality of care is reviewed and further learning is taken where required. The scheme also works closely with other immediate care schemes in the East of England to ensure that our medical procedures and policies reflect current best practice.