Doctors and the support staff of the EMICS scheme


Dr Mark Folman, Chairman of the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme, is a General Practitioner working in Newark. Since 2005 he has been working as part of the Magpas Emergency Medical Team, extending his skills in prehospital critical care.

He continues to volunteer for regular shifts on the Cambridgeshire team and has been involved in training new team members. He has been responding for EMICS since January 2008 assisting ambulance crews across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

Carl Keeble is a highly-experienced Paramedic with an NHS and Military PHEM and HEMS background since 1977.

In addition to being an EMICS Trustee, he is also the EMAS/EMICS Link Paramedic, EMICS Paramedic Advisor, provides initial and on-going Paramedic mentorship support to the Doctors and is the EMICS Equipment Officer.

He is a very active Paramedic Responder across the East Midlands with LIVES, EMAS and St John Ambulance and currently holds certification in advanced Paramedic Skills.

Carl was awarded the Queens Ambulance Medal for Distinguished Ambulance Service (QAM) in the Birthday Honours List 2016 and has been working closely with EMICS since its beginning.

Mrs Amander Meade is the honorary press Office for EMICS. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Oakham, having moved from Leicestershire in 2001. She is a freelance features writer contributing regular features to the Local Living titles as well as writing for national interiors publications. She enjoys keeping fit and regularly attends the gym, swims and cycles

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Mr Garth Lee is the Honorary Secretary of EMICS. He is a retired Marketing Consultant and Chartered Engineer. After 25 years in marketing with a precision engineering and optics company he started consultancy with small to medium sized enterprises on a range of marketing activities. He was also, for 10 years part time director of science, technology and maths activities with the Leicestershire Education Business Partnership (latterly Company) building links between schools and colleges and businesses across the region.

He is a member of the Moderation Group for CREST Awards for the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

He enjoys hill walking and watching the Leicester Tigers.

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Andy Lee is the Chair of the East Midlands Regional Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care.

He is a full-time Fire Officer with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service having joined thirteen years ago, and is the EMICS Fire & Rescue Regional Rep. Andy is a registered Paramedic and an experienced Technical Rescue Instructor, teaching many rescue disciplines with a specialism in extrication. During 2008 he joined the assessor team for the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) and is currently a national subject matter adviser.

Andy is an experienced BASICS Instructor who both instructs and course directs many pre-hospital care courses. In 2007 he authored the SMART@Scene course. During 2008 he received a national BASICS award for his work to BASICS and dedication to pre-hospital care.

Having attended international aid trips his medical support is now much closer to home as an active Member of Edale Mountain Rescue Team, a water and flood rescue flood rescue Subject Matter Adviser and National Officer for Mountain Rescue.

Dr Tim Baker is a General Practitioner at the University of Nottingham. He became involved in pre-hospital care and event medicine with St John Ambulance long before he went to medical school.

He has remained involved as a doctor working at local, county, regional and national events, and in the Emergency Dept at QMC Nottingham. Tim developed an interest in Sport & Exercise Medicine and qualified as a Member of the new Faculty of SEM in 2006.

Combining pre-hospital care with sports medicine he regularly covers sporting events, was chief medical officer for the Everest Marathon in 2009 and is team leader on the field of play for fencing and taekwondo at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Dr Adam Brooks OBE, is a Consultant Liver / Pancreas Surgeon and Major Trauma Surgeon at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham and is the Director of the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre based there, as well as Chair of the National Clinical Reference Group for Major Trauma, NHS England.

He has worked in trauma centres in Australia, South Africa and the USA and lectures and teaches on major trauma care around the world. He has gained the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes and is a member of the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS).

Adam has served in the reserve forces since 1996 and deployed with the military as a Trauma Surgeon on a number of occasions. In 2012 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

Dr Brooks lives in Cropwell Butler and will be responding for EMICS in the North Leicestershire and South Nottinghamshire area (Vale of Belvoir).

Dr Brooks said about joining EMICS; “I am very pleased to have joined EMICS and to support the valuable work they do by responding for them to incidents of serious illness and trauma within the Vale of Belvoir

Dr Ravi Chauhan cross covers two of our regions, the East Midlands Ambulance Service and the West Midlands Ambulance Service and is deployed by both services

Within the NHS, Ravi works as an ITU registrar in West Midlands. He has had 10 years of pre-hospital emergency medicine experience . Deployed in the UK Forces Herrick. Lives on border of WMAS and EMAS. Married with 2 children. Interested include movies and fitness

Dr David Cookson is currently on a General Practice rotation in Lincolnshire and responds for both EMICS and our sister scheme LIVES. He flies with the Lincolnshire Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Graduating from Birmingham University Medical School in 2008, he worked in Leicester focusing in A&E before spending 2 years in New Zealand in rural General Practice and Paediatrics. During this time in New Zealand, he was involved with the New Zealand Ambulance Service as a pre-hospital physician. In 2012 he was appointed Stadium Doctor for rugby world cup 2012 for the South Island stadiums at Dunedin and Invercargill. His outside interests include mountaineering, sailing and skiing.

Dr Andy Davies is a General Practitioner working in Ilkeston including the Ilkeston Minor Injuries Unit. He has been involved in Pre-hospital care since 1998. He is paged by EMAS to cover urban, rural, motorway and airport incidents around the are of Ilkeston, Long Eaton and the M1 at junction 24 to 28.


He is an instructor for the parent organisation BASICS (British Association of Immediate Care Schemes) since 1999.

Dr Nick Foster FRCGP, has been involved in Immediate Care since 1987. He is a GP in Kegworth at Junction 24 of the M1 motorway. He was awarded the Queens Jubilee Gold medal in 2005 and the British Association of Immediate Care award in 2004 for his contributions to Pre-Hospital Care.

Before General Practice, he was an anaesthetist and subsequently a surgeon at the Glasgow Southern General Neurosurgical unit involved in head and neck trauma. He was on the helicopter retrieval team for major trauma in the Scottish Highlands.

In 1989, he was involved in the Kegworth Air crash major incident rescue that claimed 37 lives with 87 survivors.

In 2006, he received the East Midlands Ambulance Service CEO commendation following the rescue of a severely injured workman from a 60 foot works pit.

He responds for the East Midlands Ambulance Service across southern Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire and northern Leicestershire.

Dr Tim Gray MBE,is the retired Chairman and founder of the Rutland Accident Care Scheme (RACS 1980) and the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS 2002)He is a GP in Oakham, Rutland and has been responding to calls from the East Midlands Ambulance Service since 1984.

In 2004 he was awarded the MBE for services to immediate care.

Dr Leon Hickinbotham is based in Nottinghamshire, joining EMICS in 2015 after moving from the Lincolnshire area where he responded with LIVES.

He has a keen interest in pre-hospital care and is currently working in Leicester Royal Infirmary Emergency Department to extend his training in this field.  Prior to this he has worked within the anaesthetic field for 5 years in the East Yorkshire region.

His interests outside the NHS include most outdoor activities, especially skiing, kayaking and running.

Dr Peter Holden FIMCRCSEd MRCGP is a GP in Matlock and been involved in Immediate Care in all its facets for 25 years.He attained the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1991, then becoming one of the first to attain Fellowship in Immediate Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2001.

He has written extensively on the subject being invited to contribute chapters to the standard works on Immediate Care and was one of the authors of the original Pre-hospital Care Course.

In 2008 he was invited to become an examiner for the Diploma in Immediate Care. A member of EMICS since its inception he responds regularly within the East Midlands.

He is also physician aircrew on the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance – one of the two air ambulance helicopters operating in the EMICS area as well as being physician aircrew on the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Vice Chairman designate of BASICS - the national organisation.

He is also the BMA lead on Emergency Preparedness.

Dr Matt O'Meara

Matt flies on Helemed29

Dr Stuart Maitland-Knibb is a GP and regular HEMS doctor

He flies with the Warwickshire and Coventry Air Ambulance as well as responding for EMICS outside operational hours.

He is ex-RAF and now clinical lead for urgent care at the New Corby Centre and works one day a week on the Emergency Department consultant rota at Peterborough and fly one day a week on Helemed 53 or Helemed 54. I am the regional exam advisor for the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh for the diploma IMC and also an examiner for the exam. I am a level 8 clinical supervisor for Helemed 53 & Helemed 54 also and sit on the Clinical Governance committee. Examiner for BASICS, ALSG and for resus council uk. Still living Kettering 2 kids wife and a dog. Interests most outdoor sports inc mountaineering, mountain biking, skiing and Kayaking 

Dr Chris Press is an Anaesthetist based in the Peak District, Derbyshire

He combines his hospital work with interests in Pre-Hospital Care, Motorsport Medicine and Mountain Rescue. He has recently acted as Medical Officer on a number of remote expeditions to the Arctic, the Sahara and Namib Deserts; and on exploratory cave-diving ventures. When not working, Chris is a keen fell-runner, mountaineer and diver. He is also an active member of the Cheese Appreciation Society

Lieutenant Colonel Leon Roberts MBE, is a Senior Medical Officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps, working as a GP in Kendrew Barracks in Rutland.

In 2005, whilst working in North Yorkshire, he started responding to calls for assistance from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service in the Yorkshire Dales. He has been responding for in the East Midlands for EMICS since the later part of 2007 assisting ambulance crews across Rutland, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.

He gained his Diploma in Immediate Medical Care from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh in September 2008. Leon is very fortunate to also fly regular shifts with both the Derbyshire Leicestershire Rutland Air Ambulance and the Lincolnshire Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

In November 2011 he commenced a novel training program to gain the skills required to provide advanced airway management and procedural sedation. Dr Roberts was awarded an MBE in the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in June 2010.


Dr Julie Robinson is an Associate Specialist in the Emergency Department at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and will be available to support crews from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) at emergencies in the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire area. Dr Robinson has lived in Ashover for 14 years, having been born and brought up in Devon.

Outside of her working life, Julie is interested in everything outdoors. She particularly enjoys walking, cycling, and running. On the subject of joining EMICS, Julie said: “I am honoured and excited to be a part of such a generous group of people offering their time and expertise to those in need. I hope I can become an effective and respected member of the scheme.”

Dr Guy Rutty MBE is the Professor of Forensic Pathology and Chief Forensic Pathologist for the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, University of Leicester based at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. He was awarded the MBE in 2010.

He is a nationally recognised and respected pathologist and has written numerous academic papers and contributed to many academic books on the subject.

He has been a Community First Responder (CFR) for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) since 2009 providing voluntary pre-hospital Immediate Life Response at the request of EMAS. He has progressed through all levels of emergency response and has gained the Pre-hospital Immediate Care Certificate and is a member of the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS).

Dr Rutty lives in East Leicestershire and will be responding for EMICS in Leicester and East Leicestershire.

Dr Rutty said of his appointment: “I am thrilled at last to have been given the opportunity, after having taken the appropriate training over the last few years, to upgrade from a CFR to an EMICS doctor. I am looking forward to joining the team of dedicated, volunteer doctors in assisting the population of Leicestershire in times of medical emergencies”.

Dr Kiki Steel is a GP in Grantham.

Dr Kiki Steel is a general practitioner in a practice in Grantham and supports crews from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) at emergencies in the Lincolnshire and Rutland area of the East Midlands region.

Amongst her many other qualifications gained the Certificate in Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Certificate in 2002 and has been a volunteer emergency doctor with LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Volunteer Emergency Service) since 1996. Last year she attended emergency incidents at the rate of more than one per week.

Dr Steel works with The Event Medicine Company for which she attends a wide variety of events each year, including large Air Shows at RAF bases and the Farnborough International. At these events she undertakes a variety of roles, from acting as Forward Incident Commander to being a doctor in the Casualty Clearing Centre.

She is a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of BASICS, the British Association for Immediate Care (the national body which embraces all the immediate care schemes); she is also in the Teaching Faculty of BASICS.

Dr Neil Thomson as been involved in prehospital emergency medicine all his working life.

He is currently the Deputy Medical Director for London Ambulance Service NHS Trust and works as a flight doctor for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. He is a Major Incident medical advisor and a volunteer with BASICS for the East Midlands and South Central Ambulance Services. His interests include prehospital airway management, trauma and prehospital critical care, clinical human factors, and emergency planning and response, and the links between all of these topics.

Dr Simon Topham is a GP at Wragby on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, the furthest east of all the EMICS doctors.

He started responding for BASICS in 1990 as a trainee GP in Whitby & Scarborough. He took up post in a Lincolnshire GP practice in 1993, continuing to respond for BASICS, and joined EMICS in 2006. He gained the Diploma of Immediate Care in 2007 and began instructing for BASICS education.

He also spent five years doing medical cover at Cadwell Park race circuit. In 2009 he moved to one of the remotest parts of the West Highlands of Scotland where life is often "on the edge", returning to Lincolnshire in 2012.

Simon has slotted back into the EMICS fold and regularly flies on Helimed 29, the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, based at RAF Waddington, and responds from his home by land. Outside of work, he plays traditional Irish fiddle, with Scottish seasoning thanks to the time in the Highlands, and enjoys gardening."

Dr John Trenfield is a Consultant Accident and Emergency Physician at Northampton General Hospital

He has been involved in pre-hospital emergency medicine since 2000 and has been responding for EMICS since 2007 covering Northamptonshire and South Leicestershire.

Dr Winter is presently a Consultant in the Intensive Care Unit at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham He is also an instructor and Course Director for advanced and pre-hospital life support courses and Medical Lead for the Mid Trent Critical Care Network.

Apart from his professional medical roles in life he is also a trustee of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance (LNAA) and often serves as duty doctor with the LNAA.

Since joining the Scheme at the end of December he has already been attended 5 emergencies in support of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS)

Dr Matthew Woods is a Senior Registrar in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine working full time at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.  His interests include trauma resuscitation, advanced airway management, prehospital anaesthesia and the prehospital-hospital interface.  He is experienced in prehospital anaesthesia and instructs on the subject to a national audience.  He is a keen proponent of development in prehospital emergency medicine and actively seeks to promote interest in the subject. 

In addition to regular teaching commitments with the University of Leicester medical school he regularly delivers resuscitation based tutorials to a wide audience and has been fortunate enough to deliver presentations at two international prehospital care conferences.  He is a BASICS instructor and sits on the national BASICS educational committee. 

He is currently the Leicestershire representative of EMICS.  In 2014 he was the recipient of an East Midlands Ambulance Service award for contribution to prehospital care.