R2Ri is the Wilderness Medical Society Affiliate in England and Wales and one of only two WMS Affiliates in the UK - the other being the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). Three of our Health Care Professionals (two Doctors and a Paramedic) are members of Wilderness Medical Society Committees - Operational Medicine (military, environmental and Prolonged Field Care), Global Health and also Expedition Medicine committees).
The team at R2Ri contains significant expertise in the Remote Area and Wilderness Medical Fields. Team members represented expedition sector industry bodies during the Institute of Outdoor Learning consultation on Outdoor First Aid. Other team members are involved in writing the wilderness medicine elements of new european pre hospital qualifications and others have written and teach on wilderness medical degree courses at University level.
Team members hold Diplomas in Mountain Medicine, Tropical and Travel Health, Dive Medical and other speciality qualifications.
We are working towards a suite of courses to allow those based in England and Wales to achieve their Wilderness Medical Society Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. The suite of courses will allow those meeting the criteria to become Fellows, to undertake a course relevant to their work - either a high level Remote Area and Wilderness specific qualification or a wider remote, well recognised qualification, delivered with a Remote Area and Wilderness emphasis.
Our NAEMT Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support courses are delivered with a Remote Area and Wilderness emphasis and attracts credits towards FAWM. The Advanced Wilderness Life Support Course and certain of our Off Site Safety Management Courses also attracts FAWM points.
The team includes multiple medics, ranging from Doctors to Nurses, Paramedics to military Medics and more, Diplomas In Mountain Medicine, Remote and Offshore Medicine, Travel Health, Hyperbaric and Dive Medic qualifications, ex Everest ER, Ex British Antarctic Survey and much, much more . Check out the profile on the faculty page.
A few examples:
A Pre Hospital Care Doctor with specialist training in Anaesthetics, 18 months with the British Antarctic Survey, a Diploma in Mountain Medicine who was an outdoor instructor, Mountain Leader and Expedition Leader before he became a Doctor. He cave dives, Mountaineers, regularly provides medical cover for outdoor and extreme events, has Dive Medic qualifications, works in hyperbaric medicine, travel medicine training, was previously Team Doctor for a Search and Rescue team. Time served in South Africa treating serious burns, stabbings and gun shot wounds. Did we mention the Everest ascent expedition … well he got 500 metres from the summit and ceased the ascent as his Sherpas feet were freezing. That’s Exactly the sort of behavior we applaud at R2Ri.
A Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine Consultant - Ex Everest ER. Diploma in Mountain Medicine Helimed Doc. Extensive expedition experience.
GP with Travel and Tropical Health, as well as Remote and Offshore Medical qualifications. Extensive expedition experience. Telemedicine top cover expertise.
A Nurse with years of experience in the outdoors, ex Mountain Rescue Team member (and taught on the Mountain Rescue Casualty Care Course), is responsible for training and quality as part of his job in the NHS, lectures on medical training at University Level. Delivers the GIC course for the Advanced Life Support Group. PHTLS trained and Medical Lead for a Search and Rescue Team.
Remote Area Paramedic, PHTLS instructor and many more. Off Shore Medic, Wide international experience, TV cover with well known celebrities in remote and hazardous environments. Extensive Hostile Environment Experience.
Off Shore Medic and Off Shore Rescue Team Leader, PHTLS and TCCC instructor, Rope rescue expert, HSE Dive Medic, ex Military Combat Medical Technician Class 1, Iraq experience in Gulf 1 and recent experience delivering training in Afghanistan.
Tier 1 Medic who delivers travel and expedition first aid courses, has delivered medical support on Jungle, Arctic and Desert expeds, represented industry bodies in the Institute of Outdoor Learning review of Outdoor and Remote Area First Aid training. Lecturer for many years on Travel Health and Expedition Medicine course for the World’s oldest School of Tropical Medicine. Ex SAR team medical training lead and training officer. Remote area medical trained. Has trained expedition team members, exploration companies and many more.
The R2Ri team invests heavily in training and keeping up to date with medical developments, techniques and equipment.
The team has extensive expeditionary experience in all environments. Team, members have also provided medical cover for solo expeditions to both Poles.
We run a number of Remote Area Medical Courses, from Outdoor First Aid, Remote Area First Aid, Pre Hospital Care Courses to 7 day Remote Area and Wilderness First Responder Courses, Advanced training for medics going to remote areas and Medical Gases courses.
Please also check out our first aid page.