Medical Director – Frontier Risks Group Ltd/PRU Doctor
Responds around Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool & Lancashire.
Dr John Oates has worked for the NHS for 21 years and his current full-time position as a Physician Response Unit Doctor for West Midlands Ambulance Service.
He originally qualified as an Adult Staff Nurse working in A&E and being an active member of the medical aid team before attending medical school later on in his career. His many roles as a doctor include completing part of his anaesthetic and intensive care training as well as working in Emergency Medicine departments. He is also a qualified GP. He has served in a British Army Field Hospital, completing various courses such as battlefield medicine and care under fire.
He has been responding as a BASICS doctor for over 5 years covering Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool and Lancashire and attends on average 250 incidents per year. He is also a MERIT Doctor for North West Ambulance Service since its inception and is only one of two doctors in the North West to have completed the Ambulance Intervention Team (AIT) training.
He also enjoys being the medical officer for motorsport and extreme sporting events. All in all, he has been providing pre-hospital care for over 13 years.
He has a keen interest in Fire and Rescue Service advanced first aid training and has been instrumental in enhancing the medical training and clinical governance the UK’s Fire and Rescue services now receive.
He is the medical director for Frontier Risk Group Ltd and is currently overseeing the medical training for all of the Fire Fighters in Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. He also travels globally to instruct in pre-hospital care in hazardous areas and has recently returned from Afghanistan.
He is committed to continuously improving his knowledge and experience of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) and has undertaken numerous PHEM courses and continues to do so. He also enjoys teaching and is an accredited PHTLS instructor.
As part of Volunteers week, we asked Dr Oates some more in depth questions about his activities within the organisation…
So what is your CSI BASICS role?
And where do you respond?
Respond in Cheshire, Merseyside, South Manchester and South Lancashire
How long have you been responding as a volunteer for?
I’ve been responding for 6 years since the inception of CSI BASICS and with 208 Field Hospital British Army (V)
What motivates you to volunteer?
I enjoy working with my emergency service colleagues to optimise patient care. I attend on average a 150 to 250 incidents per year
Interests outside of BASICS?
I enjoy walking my Labrador, eating out, travelling, teaching and the gym (occasionally)!