Emerg Med J 21:509-510 doi:10.1136/emj.2003.010744
  • Prehospital care

Training doctors in prehospital care: the West Midlands (UK) approach

  1. K M Porter
  1. Department of Trauma, University of Birmingham NHS Trust, Birmingham UK and West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation and Emergency (CARE) Team, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr K Porter
 Department of Trauma, Selly Oak Hospital, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6JD, UK;
  • Accepted 17 March 2004


There is no specific structured training programme for doctors working in prehospital care in the United Kingdom. In the West Midlands (UK) a structured supervised programme has been devised, which recruits medical undergraduates and provides an educational programme and practical experience leading to the successful completion of the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care and the status of an independent prehospital care practitioner. The training scheme has successfully produced a significant number of coctors who are now practising in the West Midlands and United Kingdom.


  • Funding: none.

  • Conflicts of interest: none declared.