The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care

Crowd Doctor Course


Reports following the Heysel, Bradford and Hillsborough disasters from Justice Popplewell, Lord Justice Taylor and Gibson resulted in changes in the medical organisation and provision at sporting and mass gathering events.

The concept that the Crowd Doctor sole duty is to the crowd was born. In smaller clubs the club doctor may ‘double’ as the crowd doctor but only on the understanding that he is fully and properly trained, and that his first duty at the ground on the day is to the crowd.

Many other recommendations were made in these reports, including the number of first aiders, geographical location of the medical room, equipment therein. They also outline equipment to be provided by the ambulance service, equipment and drugs to be provided by the doctors as well as the operational role of the crowd doctor.

The integration of the crowd doctor into the chain of command on match day and in a major incident is also outlined. Integral within this is knowledge of local hospital capabilities in terms of speciality provision, including local heath services knowledge of the major incident plans etc. etc.

Training was commenced in line with the requirement for newly appointed crowd doctors, from 1998-99 season forward, when it became a requirement to possess the Dip IMC(Ed) or the Crowd Doctors Course certification. 2003 saw the update of the crowd doctor training courses into a format which “shadows” the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care culminating in 2009 into the development of the new 2 1/2day course.

Successful candidates are required re-certificate every 4 years.

The Faculty looks forward to welcoming and working with you on the Crowd Doctor Course.

Click here for details on the curriculum of the course and how to apply.

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