"Surgical Airways: Battlefield success and implications for UK Paramedic Practice"
Andy Thomas MCPara MInstLM 

Andy Thomas is in the process of leaving the Royal Air Force (RAF) Paramedic where he worked as a academic research fellow for defence at James Cook University hospital.  He will maintain an honorary fellow post here and is now currently working a mixture of freelance and consultancy work in clinical practice, research and education.


Military Service 


He joined the RAF in Oct 1998 and attained 17 years of dedicated service.  He has been posted to RAF Lyneham, Sealand, Valley and Overseas to RAF Akrotiri.  In addition to spending time as a pre-hospital care instructor at the Defence Medical Services Training Centre he has undertaking many medical roles.  He has also spent time employed on the Deployable Aeromedical Response Teams (DARTS) based at Headquarters Tactical Medical Wing.  He has completed 8 operational deployments including deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Falkland Islands and Africa.  He has operated on various helicopter platforms including as a member of the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) in Afghanistan and part of the Immediate Response Team (IRT) in Iraq.




He has also deployed in a Combat Medical Support Role and worked on aeromedical evacuation around the world.  Andy’s current post involves him conducting various aspects of pre-hospital care research as well as supporting audit and governance involving military pre-hospital care.  His main research focus is identifying ideal clinical skill mix for future deployed operations on helicopter evacuation teams. 


Additional Roles


He is the chairperson of the Paramedic Advisory Group for the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care  and a member of the faculties training and standards board.  He is a BASICS instructor and is a council member for Trauma Care UK. In addition he is a visiting lecturer at Teesside university.  He is working for North East Ambulance Service as a specialist paramedic on the Critical Care Ambulance Response Unit and is developing admission prevention strategies and cardiac arrest survival improvements as part of this scheme.  He aims to complete his MSc in Evidence Based Practice in the upcoming academic year having just completed his research data collection for his dissertation.

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