The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care

PHOTON group


Who are we?

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.

We sit under the umbrella of the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care (FPHC) at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd). As such our information governance is guaranteed by RCSEd with oversight of research activity being provided by the Gibson Chair.

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.

Twitter: @researchPHOTON

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James Raitt - Chairman

James Raitt is a trainee in Emergency Medicine and PHEM who has taken the scenic route through training having spent time living and working in East and West Africa in both PHEM and EM. He is a Registrar with Thames Valley Air Ambulance and outside of work his main focus is spending time with his two daughters. He can also occasionally be found riding his bike or climbing.



Matt Creed - Treasurer

Registrar in Anaesthesia (Wales Deanery), BASICS Doctor (MEDSERVE Wales & West Midlands CARE Team), Future PHEM Trainee (Commencing August 2018). 

Former Army Doctor Matt has had a longstanding interest and involvement in PHEM, and he is hopeful for the prospects of PHOTON making valued contributions to research and the evidence base in PHEM. 

He joins PHOTON as the Treasurer and a representative for network activity in Wales, where works and lives with his family.



Jim Blackburn - Secretary

Jim is an ST6/7 Anaesthetic registrar from the Severn deanery. He completed PHEM training with Great Western Air Ambulance in 2016. He is the national trainee representative to the IBTPHEM Training Committee, sits on the PHEMTA committee and is heavily involved in planning and delivery of both the IBTPHEM Induction (Moreton) course and the Phase 2 (Advanced) course as course director. He flies with Devon Air Ambulance as an honorary critical care doctor, is an honorary lecturer in Pre-hospital, Retrieval and Transfer Medicine at the University of Plymouth. He undertakes international retrieval work with Capital Air Ambulance as well.
Spare time, when he has some, is spent running, cycling, swimming and relaxing with his wife.




Robert James - Media and PR

Robert is a post-FRCEM and FIMC EM/PHEM trainee. His association with the PHEM training programme began in 2010 when he helped write the current curriculum. He undertook PHEM training between Aug 2015 and Aug 2016 with EAAA and London’s Air Ambulance. His current PHEM practice is as an honorary critical care doctor with Devon Air Ambulance, an honorary lecturer in Pre-hospital, Retrieval and Transfer Medicine at the University of Plymouth and as a doctor on the Medical Emergency Response Team (Enhanced). 

Away from work his time is mostly taken up by his wife and three daughters although he tries to play squash and run (slowly)!




Jake Turner - PHEMTA representative

Jake is a ST6 anaesthetic registrar from the East Midlands and a current PHEM trainee in the West Midlands, spending his phase I training with MAA and phase II training with TAAS. He is the vice-chair of the PHEMTA committee and therefore sits in a favourable position to act as the formal link between PHOTON and PHEMTA.

Jake started his pre-hospital career with the West Midlands CARE team and continues to volunteer for this charity as a clinical team lead. In his spare time, Jake is a keen mountain biker and has recently started competing in middle distance triathlons.




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!



Active studies


National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) major trauma guidelines state that pre-hospital emergency anaesthesia (PHEA), if indicated, should be performed within 45 minutes of the emergency call for major trauma patients. The Pre-Hospital Trainee Operated Research Network (PHOTON) will retrospectively audit all HEMS services in the UK for time of call, dispatch, arrival and PHEA, comparing performance against the NICE recommendation. The data will be used to anonymously identify examples of excellent practice and areas for service improvement that can be used to improve the quality of care delivered to our major trauma patients nationally.

For more information about this study, please contact Jake Turner:

Click on this link to view all the current study investigators.


If you would like to register as a PHOTON member, please click on this link or scan this QR code undefined


Upcoming System Maintenance & Network Disruption

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.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.