We are a group of non-consultant grade, pre-hospital, doctors who are passionate about improving the quality of pre-hospital research. In order to achieve this, we have collaborated to enable multicentre pre-hospital research to be conducted. Our ambition is to expand to include pre-hospital practitioners other than doctors once we have proof of concept and a successful output.
PHOTON is an independent group supported by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care.
We welcome research proposals from all sources. Proposals will be reviewed on a quarterly basis and those where we think PHOTON’s resources could be useful will be added to the PHOTON research portfolio. Whilst the originators will, of course, retain their names on any published work we ask that “The PHOTON Collaborators” are also credited as an author.
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|Lisa Ramage - Chairman|
Lisa is an ST5 Emergency Medicine Trainee in the North East and Central London Deanery. She has a PHEM training position in the East of England which she is due to take up in August 2021 due to currently being on maternity leave with her second child. Lisa graduated in 2008, and has maintained a research interest throughout her medical career, including undertaking a formal 2 year research period which led to a MDres in the field of general surgery. After leaving general surgical training behind in order to pursue her dream career in Emergency Medicine and PHEM, Lisa has maintained her research interest, undertaking a number of projects in pre-hospital clinical research and publishing a paper regarding the London-based Physician Response Unit, where she recently spent 14 months as a clinical fellow. Outside of work, she spends time with her two children, in addition to the cats/dog/horse and her husband.Lisa is delighted to be able to help drive PHOTON forward in delivering high-quality collaborative research within the Pre-Hospital arena.
|Shah Rahman - Treasurer|
Shah is a Registrar in Emergency Medicine in Thames Valley (Oxford) Deanery, currently undertaking national PHEM sub-specialty training at Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex. He previously completed a fellowship on the Physician Response Unit at the Royal London Hospital after an ACF in Emergency Medicine; in his spare time, he juggles being a dad and a volunteer doctor for South Central Ambulance Service (BASICS Thames Valley).
|Daniel Sedgewick - Secretary|
|Daniel started his NHS career working as an ambulance service call taker and dispatcher before going to medical school. He has been undertaking Emergency Medicine training in the Thames Valley, taking a year out in 2016 to complete a PHEM Clinical Fellowship in Bangor, North Wales. He is currently on a PHEM training programme in the East of England working with Northampton General Hospital and MAGPAS Air Ambulance.|
|Jasmit Mohindru - Social media & PR|
Jasmit is an Emergency Medicine registrar who began his specialty training in Addenbrookes MTC. He has worked in a number of departments around the country since then, including Snowdonia’s local emergency department where he also worked part time with the Wales Air Ambulance and WAST. Following that experience he helped to set up (and is currently vice chair of) BASICS Hertfordshire, working on paramedic education within East of England. He was a full time HEMS registrar with Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust for 18 months and now works for them, dividing his time equally between PHEM and EM in Central London. He is currently in the final stages of his FRCEM.Apart from work he is a keen, although mediocre, spin bowler and a quality chef (if you like beans on toast).
|Jim Hancox - Paramedic Advisor|
Jim Hancox joined the then Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service in 2002 qualifying as a paramedic in 2005. A HEMS Paramedic with Midlands Air Ambulance since 2006, he extended his training, qualifying as a Critical Care Paramedic in 2010 and took on the role of Aircrew Supervisor at MAA’s Strensham airbase in 2014.
Jim has recently returned to clinical practice having undertaken an eighteen-month secondment to the National Institute for Health Research Surgical Reconstruction & Microbiology Research Centre (NIHR SRMRC) based at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he worked as a research paramedic on the RePHILL study.
Jim has just completed an MSc in Advanced Critical Care Practice at Warwick Medical School and is an Honorary Research Associate at The University of Birmingham.Jim is passionate about the development of prehospital practice and sees research as one of the key elements in improving care for patients.
|Caroline Leech - Consultant Advisor|
|Caroline is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital Coventry and the Deputy Clinical Lead of The Air Ambulance Service. She is the West Midlands Training Programme Director for PHEM, Associate Editor for the Emergency Medicine Journal, and an Executive Committee Member and Examiner for the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care, RCSEd. Caroline leads on both in-hospital and pre-hospital research in her local organisations.|
|Harriet Tucker - NATRIC link and joint lead investigator for “When and Where Do We Care?”|
|Harriet is a PHEM registrar with KSSAAT and a London Emergency Medicine trainee. Currently living and working in the South-East of England, she has previously undertaken research work during a Masters in Trauma Sciences (Military and Austere), and is excited about the future of collaborative, nation-wide research, and what can be learnt from this to develop and guide practice in pre-hospital emergency medicine. When not working, she can usually be found running, swimming, or cycling (or a combination of all three), together with her husband!|
There is the desire within PHOTON to create a funded research post to continue PHOTON work beyond what can be achieved with volunteers, good will and spare time. Extensive investigations have explored funding from various Royal Colleges, pre-hospital care and research organisations. After a lot of work it has become clear that there is only one practical way ahead. This is to establish a 50% post under a NIHR funded Local Clinical Research Network (LCRN). There are 15 LCRNs across England, covering areas such as Thames Valley and South Midlands; Kent Surrey, Sussex and Yorkshire and Humber. This would be under the Injuries and Emergencies specialty, with the other 50% of the time spent in the clinicians base specialty or in PHEM. Initial informal enquiries showed a number of hospitals and Air Ambulances who would be prepared to make a 50% post for a suitable candidate. The ideal candidate would have completed at least Phase 1b PHEM training or equivalent in order to give them a good insight into the context of PHEM, but it might be that the best applicant will be a post CCT fellowship, a career break for Research, a current PHEM trainee or someone who wants a break from full time clinical work. For further details, please contact Lisa Ramage via email: PHOTONchair@rcsed.net
PHOTON Committee Positions
Are you a non-consultant grade doctor working in pre-hospital emergency medicine and interested in pre-hospital research? Looking for exciting opportunities to get involved? Look no further..
We are looking to recruit three new team members onto our PHOTON committee who are enthusiastic about driving forward collaborative pre-hospital research.
We are looking for PHEM doctors (trainee or non-trainee grades) to join our team. Each committee member would be expected to get involved with PHOTON and help to raise its profile and to help in the oversight of the various and ongoing projects. Committee meetings are held quarterly remotely.
If you would like to register as a PHOTON member, please click on this link or scan this QR code
Due to essential systems maintenance and upgrades there will be intermittent interruptions to some on-line services on Saturday 27th of February. There will be further interruption to some core services on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd of March.
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