2020...a quick overview...

With 2021 course dates being published next week (as you’d expect, we have been reviewing operations and risk assessments in light of the new Covid variants and increased transmission), we take a look back on 2020 ...




A year in review: 2020 started with a key team member (one of our Doctors) having recently returned from the Antarctic after a year long posting there (and delivered one of our remote area pre hospital courses to base staff whilst there). Subsequent to that, work started on a unique remote area and expedition Prolonged Field Care course (subject of a PhD and is part of a collaboration with a leading University) which we subsequently rolled out to delegates ranging from expedition medics to delegates from the army, navy and airforce medics including elite unit medics.





Mid to late January saw us advising clients regarding contingency plans for what we considered was a realistic risk of a global pandemic.


Suggestions in February and early March that the new emerging Covid19 was less of a problem than seasonal flu did not bear scrutiny or survive even the briefest consideration of the stats proffered in support of that contention. A big problem was coming down the line ...


When Covid hit, we were well advanced in our preparations ppe plus long residual effect sensitisers in stock and in place ... clients were still deploying around the world, so still needed high quality, expert, up to date training delivered by medical professionals with genuine and extensive remote area medical experience. Clients also needed up to date and relevant risk management advice, encompassing covid guidelines. We have provided related advice to the media, outdoor, exploration, education and professional services sectors on this subject.


Given the strain on medical services, we asked clients to move their places on a number of courses so that our medics (who would have been working on courses) could be released to the front line - serving in ITU, NHS Nightingale and repatriation flights instead. Huge thanks to our clients for unanimously supporting this initiative !


We have delivered, in a Covid safe manner (and Received great praise for the way we have delivered this), Advanced Wilderness Life Support, Wilderness First Responder, Prolonged Field Care, Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support and more.