All our instructors are highly skilled at performing Emergency Surgical Skills from extensive experience in Emergency Medicine and/or Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine.

Dr Caroline Leech

Caroline is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at UHCW in Coventry. She founded this course in 2009 after identifying that it was very difficult for her colleagues to train for procedures rarely encountered in clinical practice. Her emergency surgical skills experience comes from working in many high acuity emergency departments as well pre-hospital work with the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and London HEMS. Caroline is currently the West Midlands Training Programme Director for Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine and the Regional Examinations Advisor for the Diploma of Immediate Care examination.

Dr Anil Hormis

Anil is a Consultant in Anaesthesia, Critical Care Medicine & Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and is the Training Programme Director for Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) in the Yorkshire & Humber Postgraduate Deanery.

He has worked in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine for over 12 years working with a number of pre-hospital providers including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and London HEMS.

Dr Tim Nutbeam

Tim is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in Plymouth. He has an interest in PHEM, early critical care interventions and disaster mass-casualty medicine. He is the co-editor of the medical textbooks ABC of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine and ABC of Sepsis. His emergency surgical skills experience comes from a year in South Africa working in EM and ICU.

Dr Louise Woolrich-Burt

Louise has been a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at UHCW in Coventry since 2005. Her previous experience includes 18 years as a doctor in the British Army, UK EM rep to NATO, and a specialist registrar post with London HEMS in 2003/4. Her specialist interests are trauma, and simulation for medical education.

Mr Richard Steyn

Richard is a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham. He is the current Chairman of the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS) and is a pre-hospital doctor working with the Mercia Accident Rescue Scheme (BASICS MARS) and the West Midlands CARE Team. 

Dr Neil Thomson

Neil has been involved in pre-hospital medicine for all his working life starting in Zimbabwe working for the City of Harare Emergency Services. In the UK he has worked with the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and has recently completed a full-time registrar post with London HEMS. He responds to BASICS cases in the South Central and East Midlands Ambulance Services and works at Milton Keynes emergency department. In his spare time Neil is Assistant Medical Director for the London Ambulance Service.

Dr Imogen Virgo

Imogen is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at UHCW in Coventry. Her emergency surgical skills experience comes from a pre-hospital emergency medicine post with the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.

Professor Peter Abrahams


Professor Abrahams joined Warwick as the Medical School’s first Professor of Clinical Anatomy. His impressive career has taken him from the jungles of Borneo to his most recent position as Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge.

Peter trained at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School after doing Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) teaching in Borneo. He intended to become a surgeon, but was side-tracked into Clinical Anatomy in 1973 when he co-wrote ‘Clinical Anatomy of Practical Procedures’. For this work he was awarded a British Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Iowa in 1975 in Anatomical Education. He was Clinical Anatomist at UCL and then held the same post at The University of Cambridge, before becoming the Professor of Clinical Anatomy at the Kigezi International School of Medicine.

During his career, he has published more than 50 peer-reviewed research papers and 15 new student text books. Peter is married to an academic GP and he has three grown-up daughters. In his spare time he can be found climbing volcanoes in the jungles of St Vincent or diving in the Caribbean.

Professor Sir Keith Porter

Professor Sir Keith Porter is a Consultant Trauma Surgeon and the Clinical Director for Trauma at University Hospital Birmingham. He is Professor of Clinical Traumatology at the University of Birmingham. Since 2000 he has been the civilian clinical lead for the care of injured soldiers returning to the UK from both Iraq and Afghanistan and has been a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Committee and the Surgeon General Research Strategy Group. Keith has played an integral part of the development of Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine in the UK in his roles as the past Chairman of Faculty of Pre-hospital Care; past Chairman of the Intercollegiate Board for training in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine; past President of BASICS and the founder of the West Midlands CARE team. He is an active immediate care practitioner for MARS and the CARE team.

Mr Brian Burnett

Brian Burnett has over 10 years experience in the fields of Pathology and forensic examination and has been instrumental in developing the West Midlands Surgical Training Centre, training over 2000 surgeons, doctors and nurses since it's opening in the summer of 2009.

Brian has co-founded several national and international training courses for healthcare professionals and has established training packages for professional organisations including  the police, forensic science service and the Association of Anatomical Pathology Technologists. Brian has been recognised with awards for innovation and research with colleagues from Warwick medical School in the field of 3-D anatomy education.




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