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 was born that the crowd doctor's sole duty is to the crowd. In smaller clubs the club doctor may ‘double’ as the crowd doctor, but only on the understanding that they are fully and properly trained, and that their 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, the geographical location of the medical room, and equipment therein. They also outline the 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 to this is knowledge of local hospital capabilities in terms of specialty provision, including local heath services' knowledge of the major incident plans, etc.
Training was commenced in line with the requirement for newly appointed crowd doctors from the 1998-99 season forward, when it became a requirement to possess the Dip IMC(Ed) or the Crowd Doctor 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 in the development of the new 2 1/2 day course.
Successful candidates are required re-certificate every 4 years.
From April 2018 the Course was renamed 'Crowd Doctor & Practitioners Course', in order to reflect the diversity of professions involved in providing care at stadia. Applications to join the Course will now be accepted from suitable Health Care professionals with the ability to provide care on site, prescribe and discharge from the stadia/event.
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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