Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Opens Specialist Training Centre

The new building forms part of the service’s ongoing clinical and operational plan and is the charity’s second education facility, the first of which opened in 2013 and is based at the Strensham airbase in Worcestershire.

The Tatenhill Education and Training Centre, which opened on 26th April 2016, includes a well equipped meeting room, and more importantly a specially designed scenario simulation room, complete with medical equipment and props which will enable the flight paramedics and doctors to act out various scenarios as part of their advanced medical training. The room will allow the simulation of both indoor and outdoor environments, and is one of a kind in the air ambulance sector.

Dr Nick Crombie, clinical lead for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, states: “As a world-class air ambulance operator, continued improvement through the training and development of our flight paramedics and doctors is paramount. The new centre at Tatenhill is part of our five year strategic plan to ensure the aircrew have the best possible training and to test and build their clinical skills in some of the most difficult and traumatic situations they may face in real life.

“The new facility will also provide space for our clinical meetings and clinical research analysis, helping to develop the future of pre-hospital emergency patient care.”

In addition, the centre is also being offered to schools and colleges who want to find out more about the charity and the lifesaving service.

Jason Levy, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, adds: “We have a close link to local schools and support the curriculum as part of our education programme. We often visit schools with our decommissioned helicopter pod and Maac mascot bear, teaching children about our service and the importance of their own safety as approximately 12 per cent of the air ambulance missions we carry out involve children.

“The new centre will give a greater number of children in the region the chance to visit one of our air ambulance airbases, as part of their experimental learning in an outdoor environment, and learn about the service directly from the aircrew.”

To find out more about the lifesaving work of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, please call the team on 0800 8 40 20 40.